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Prince George's County has hiring and budget freeze, Gold's Gym in Largo wins award, Real Estate giant Bozzuto stays in Greenbelt, and Councilwoman Karen Toles proposes legislation to stop hotels' hourly rates

Bozzuto Grand OpeningThe Bozzuto Group had the grand opening of their new facility in Greenbelt and it’s a big deal according to David Iannucci, senior economic development aide to Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker,“It’s a big deal that we had to work hard to get trust back with a prominent businessman,” Iannucci said. “That victory hopefully symbolized the turnaround Prince George’s County has made.”  In an interview with Washington Business Journal, Tom Bozzuto noted how important it was “for us to work closely with Prince George’s County officials to remain here.” The Ivy Lane headquarters is only a mile and a half away from the previous HQ, but the new space provides innovative workspaces, large, open community areas, flexible meeting rooms, an interior “large town square,” and a stone staircase that connects the four main floors.
ProstituteIn an effort to combat human trafficking and prostitution, Councilwoman Karen Toles has proposed legislation that would do away with hourly rates at hotels in Prince George’s County. The Washington Post reported, “The bill would add language banning the service to the county code governing lodging establishments. Toles said that if the bill becomes law, she will work with her colleagues to impose civil penalties on businesses that violate the prohibition. Prince George’s police have carried out sting operations targeting prostitution in cities such as College Park. “We don’t want to appear anti-business, but we want to protect our citizens and anyone being trafficked,” Toles said.  I say if a hotel is charging hourly rates, THEY KNOW they are supporting prostitution on some level. Stop it.

Gold’s Gym announced today that its independently owned and operated Largo, MD location was awarded Ggolds gymold’s Gym’s 2014 Best New Gym of the Year Award. This award is voted on by the brand’s Awards Committee, which includes leadership from the Gold’s Gym Franchise Association (GGFA), Gold’s Gym executives, and domestic and international franchisee representatives.The Largo club was selected for the esteemed award based on a variety of factors, including:

  • Design of the club, featuring an open floor layout
  • Its electric, yet welcoming atmosphere
  • World-class amenities including a cardio cinema, group exercise classes, functional training, and classic free weights
  • Community outreach efforts and partnerships
  • High level of service

“We are truly honored by this recognition, especially knowing how many deserving, excellent facilities we were up against for the win,” said Bruce Ebel, representative for the ownership group for Gold’s Gym Largo. “This award means so much to my team and me, as we consistently strive to provide the ultimate, diverse Gold’s experience for our customers.” Way to go Largo Gold’s Gym!! Ebel was nominated as a finalist by The Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce “Excellence in Business Awards” in the “Business Leader of the Year” category.

Budget Cut ImagePrince George’s County has instituted and hiring and pay freeze.  From WTOP, “According to budget administrator Thomas Himler, unemployment and mortgage foreclosures within Prince George’s County have lead to significantly lower-than-expected receipts from income taxes and real estate transfer and recordation taxes. “Right now, we are not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel,” The Post quoted Himler as telling the County Council at a briefing Tuesday. Himler warned that without taking action, the county’s bond rating could be at risk.
So far, Prince George’s County has plotted out a budget savings of $18 million for fiscal 2015 year by canceling recruiting classes for new police and firefighters, reducing the overtime authorized for emergency workers and halting funds for a series of programs.  It is not the first time Prince George’s County has had to scramble to balance its budget. The Council used money from its reserve fund to cure a $65.2 million deficit predicted by Himler five months ago.”



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Considering this budget reality, it is astounding that the Council pushed through hefty pay raises for themselves and the County Executive. Makes me think two terms for these folks is one too many.

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