GAITHERSBURG, Md. (July 13, 2010) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown addressed the Gaithersburg Rotary Club today in Gaithersburg at their weekly meeting, touching on a range of topics, including economic development and the O’Malley-Brown administration’s commitment to helping Maryland’s small business community survive this national recession and thrive for years to come.
“Because of our partnerships with community leaders and small business owners, we have made incredible progress in Maryland. We have built the best public school system in America and have made the tough choices to encourage job growth during this difficult economic recession,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “I am proud to join the Gaithersburg Rotary Club today and look forward to continuing our shared efforts to make even greater progress and support and enhance the lives of our neighbors in Gaithersburg, in Montgomery County and across our entire state.”
Since taking office, Governor Martin O’Malley and Lt. Governor Brown have fought to protect small businesses during the national economic downturn. In 2007, the administration passed legislation that provides small businesses with incentives to provide employees with health insurance – helping the state expand health care to more than 165,000 uninsured Marylanders. Brown also touted the administration’s successful efforts to pass the Job Creation and Recovery Tax credit which provides a $5,000 tax credit to Maryland businesses for each unemployed Marylander it hires.
“It is with great honor that we welcome Lt. Governor Anthony Brown to the Rotary Club of Gaithersburg. We see this visit as a wonderful opportunity to learn about the plans and the vision of Lt. Governor Brown for the state of Maryland,” said Teddy Cornejo, President of the Gaithersburg Rotary Club. “This is a venue to have a casual and yet constructive exchange of ideas and dialog to integrate the values we share with over 1.2 million Rotarians around the world with emphasis on our motto of ‘Service Above Self.’ We offer the Lt. Governor our best wishes in his endeavors and his commitment to public service to the City of Gaithersburg, to our beloved state of Maryland and to our blessed nation.”
The Gaithersburg Rotary Club has been in operation since 1964 and currently has over 150 members. Their service projects include contributing to and working with local public schools, churches and the Boy Scouts of America. Rotary International is the world’s oldest and largest service organization, with over 1.2 million members in some 33,000 clubs.
Brown hosts regular ‘Coffee and Conversation’ meetings with various organizations, small business leaders, unions and other groups in an effort to engage Marylanders on a range of issues and better understand the concerns of communities from across the state. Last month, Brown participated in ‘Coffee and Conversation’ series with Leisure World residents and members of Clinton’s District V Coffee Club.