Prince George’s Forward Task Force

The Prince George’s Forward Task Force has been designed to guide our County Government’s approach to our path forward, navigating the complex and challenging COVID-19 recovery environment. The Task Force will develop a multi-pronged approach to address the impacts of COVID-19 on all Prince Georgians.

The Task Force will offer County Executive Alsobrooks guidance as we seek to restore and reimagine Prince George’s County in all areas of vital public policy. The principles of collaboration and innovation are key in the efforts to put our County back on its feet after the unprecedented response to COVID-19 in our County, our nation, and across the world.

Prince George’s County currently has the highest number of COVID-19 positive cases in the State of Maryland, which has placed tremendous stress on the standard method of providing medical care. Prince George’s economic progress halted March 16, 2020, causing direct economic disruption and suffering in the lives of our residents. Unemployment in Prince George’s County continues to increase at an unprecedented rate and all of the jobs created in the County over the last five years have been lost due to the economic downturn caused by the current pandemic and required mitigation efforts. As we move forward, we will remain focused on financial security and economic opportunity for all of our residents.

The Task Force will be co-chaired by Dr. Charlene Dukes, President of Prince George’s Community College, and William von Hoene, Senior VP and Chief Strategy Officer of Exelon. It is comprised of dozens of subject matter experts and experienced leaders of diverse fields of public policy. Much like the County Executive’s approach to crafting our Proud Priorities, our Task Force will rely on the foundation of data-driven performance which inspires collaboration, transparency, and results-oriented decisions. The Task Force will have 5 key focus areas managed by subcommittees, outlined below:

Economic DevelopmentThomas Graham, founder of TH Graham and Associates
EducationDr. Darryll Pines, President of the University of Maryland, College Park
HealthDr. Joseph Wright, Senior Vice President
Chief Medical Officer of the University of Maryland Capital Region Health
Human ServicesRosie Allen-Herring, President and CEO of the United Way of the National Capital Area
Government OperationsFormer Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley

The Task Force will issue a preliminary report on December 31, 2020, and final recommendations for a stronger Prince George’s County no later than May 27, 2021. However, recommendations will be continuously developed and implemented over the next several months to respond in real-time to this pandemic, maximizing the benefit to residents.

As the Task Force begins its critical work to build an even stronger Prince George’s as we navigate our recovery from this pandemic, we will continue to provide updates on the Task Force’s progress and opportunities for input from residents.


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