Town Courier reports on Kentlands candidate forum

The Town Courier posted a story online today about the candidate forum last week hosted by the Kentlands Citizens Assembly.  Here’s the newspaper’s recap of Ryan’s presentation:

Ryan Spiegel was third to address the room’s occupants. On the topic of economic development, Spiegel was upbeat, proud of the city’s accomplishments and optimistic.

“We’ve had challenges but the city did not create the global recession of 2008-2009,” he asserted.
“The question is how did we deal with it? We decided to engage in a bold experiment – and invest in economic development.”

The approach was successful, he said. One company is bringing 185 jobs to the city. Other efforts to keep high-tech jobs in the city were successful.

Stalled projects and other projects are now moving forward in the city – unlike many other places.

“Buildings are going up left and right in Olde Towne Gaithersburg.”

Spiegel pointed to the basic fiscal sustainability of the city. “The city is still debt-free,” he said.
And, while city staff come and go, he pointed to the city’s high quality of service.

Spiegel also cited the city’s environmental stewardship where the emphasis has also been on sustainability and the city has received recognition.

As for community services, Spiegel emphasized his commitment to constituent services and to “watching out for the least among us.”

At a time when the city was making painful cutbacks, Spiegel was one who fought to keep the amounts budgeted for food and other vital assistance level.

For the complete article, click here.


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