“Sustainable Commuting Workshop”

Montgomery County’s Commuter Services is conducting a “Sustainable Commuting Workshop” for employers and businesses that will focus on ways to help employees shorten their commutes, including telework options.

These programs can improve County employers’ ability to recruit and retain the best employees, while reducing traffic congestion and enhancing quality of life. They can also contribute to County certification as a “Green Business.”

Funded by a grant from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the workshop will be held on June 10 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Lobby Level Auditorium, Rockville.

Workshop presentations by experts and industry leaders will focus on financial assistance programs and other benefits available to employers and employees, including County, the House Keys 4 Employees and Smart Keys 4 Employees programs, and telework resources for employers. Local employers and industry leaders will share their experiences during panel discussions.

Technical assistance will also be available to interested employers.

Recent news articles and research confirm that work commutes are a heavy burden on businesses and employees, especially in the Washington region. Long commutes can sap productivity and impact a company’s profit margin.

At the workshop, employers will learn about commute-reducing programs that can reduce turnover costs, improve morale and improve competitiveness.

Local businesses are also encouraged to participate as exhibitors.

This free marketing opportunity provides exhibitors access to a variety of businesses to promote their programs and services related to commuting challenges and trip reductions; housing location; finance and affordability; energy and environment; telework services; family-friendly human resource policies, and eco-friendly business practices.

For more information, or to register for the workshop, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/commute and click on “Sustainable Commuting Workshop,” or call 240-773-8380.

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