“Our County is open for businesses of all size – big and small. Let’s not forget the small.”

SILVER SPRING, Md. – Will Jawando, Democratic candidate for Montgomery County Council At-Large, issued the following statement following news that Amazon is considering Montgomery County for a second U.S. headquarters.

“Montgomery County is open for business. We have a top-notch workforce, an information-technology infrastructure and the quality of life to draw the kind of employees that Amazon will need,” Jawando said.

“We must pursue large businesses to locate their operations in Montgomery County, but we have to be smart as to how we do it. Because we must also focus on homegrown businesses, the small enterprises that are already rooted in our community and generate the majority of the private sector jobs,” Jawando said. “As a County Council member, I would pursue a Smart Growth strategy that encourages new businesses to come into the county, but would also make
sure we are encouraging our existing, small businesses. One way we could do that is to expand the scope and services of our Business Navigator office, which is currently staffed by one person to serve a county of more than 1.1 million.”