Bill Conway

Candidate for County Council - At Large

On May 15, 2018, Democratic candidate for an at-large council seat in Montgomery County Maryland, Maryland,  Bill shared his views on the climate emergency and noted that job growth is needed to continue to provide existing levels of services.

Hear Bill's Thoughts On:

 

Bill Conway - Web Summary:

 

AGRICULTURAL RESERVE

 

  • Environmental / Preservation of Green Space

  • Ensure Reserve Remains a Reserve

  • Should Other Businesses Be Able to Operate in the Ag Reserve?

  • Staple agriculture is dominant; But a locavore movement is growing

  • On Zoning to Build a Residence

  • Designation of Rural / Rustic Roads (Some farmers would like to expand to accommodate farm equipment more easily)

 

TRANSFERABLE DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS

 

  • TDRs - a way to compensate upcountry land owners for lost land value since they can’t develop

 

BIO

 

  • From Louisiana

  • Law School

  • Worked at DC Law Firm (Doing Federal Regulatory Work)

  • Worked at Senate Energy Committee

  • Entrepreneur - Electricity Space

  • Partner at Law Firm - Electricity Work / Wind & Solar Work

 

FINANCING OF CAMPAIGN

 

  • Not restricting any sources of funds

  • Approximately four developer contributions from 700 contributions

  • Since contributions are from individuals, all contributions should be accepted

  • A lot of contributions from environmental groups

 

CLIMATE

 

  • We are seeing the results of climate change

  • A test of the species

  • Requires collective action we’ve never seen in human civilization

  • Localities / States need to move since federal government is scaling back

  • A carbon tax is most efficient way to get the effects we need (needs to happen at the federal level)

 

COUNTY CLIMATE EMERGENCY RESOLUTION

 

  • Supports a climate mobilization emergency office

  • Need programs for retrofitting buildings

  • Individuals need to step up

 

ELECTRICITY SYSTEM

 

  • Need storage in the system to accommodate solar / wind

 

ADDRESSING THE SCHOOL BUS FLEET EMISSIONS

 

DICKERSON INCINERATOR / POWER PLANT

 

  • Close the Incinerator

  • More neutral on power plant (Burning gas, not coal)

 

 

THE CHALLENGE OF GETTING TO Zero WASTE

 

PRIORITIES:

 

  • Jobs

  • Transportation

  • Schools

 

JOBS ARE TRANSCENDENTLY IMPORTANT

 

  • Aging population

  • Needy population is growing

  • Structural Imbalance

  • Only way to keep helping residents in need is to grow revenues (new jobs / business)

  • Property taxes are too high

  • Need to market the county

  • Be welcoming to business

  • Streamline regulatory processes

    • Need lots of small changes to change business environment

  • Need to attract younger population

  • Play to strengths: sciences - biotech, NIST, NIH

  • Support universities and vocational tech careers

 

GOOD JOBS FIRST OUTLOOK ON TAX SUBSIDIES FOR CORPORATIONS

 

  • Better to focus on small / medium businesses, not the big corporate whale

 

CULTURE OF EVIDENCE / CLIMATE OF CIVILITY

 

ACHIEVEMENT GAP

 

  • Fix is to have universal pre-care

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