Montgomery, Prince George’s Reach Deal to Preserve Affordable Housing Along Purple Line

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett,left, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, center, and University of Maryland President Wallace Loh are among the signers of an agreement on Nov. 28 to preserve affordable housing, create jobs and protect businesses along the 16-mile Purple Line corridor. (Katherine Shaver/The Washington Post)

Government, business and community elders from Montgomery and Prince George’s counties agree Tuesday to preserve affordable housing and create jobs along the Purple Line corridor where construction is expected to drive up land values around its 21 stations.

The agreement, thought to be the second of its kind in the country, isn’t legally binding. But signatories called it a public commitment to help those who live and work in the 16-mile light-rail corridor stay and benefit from the state’s $5.6 billion transit investment.

“I have always been an entrepreneur, even as a youth-from mowing lawns and delivering groceries as a teen, to selling laptop computers in my early 20s,” says Kenneth Kelly, president and CEO of Strativia, a national technical and professional services company.

Kelly, who hails from the corporate world managing financial management software installation projects at hotels and resorts throughout the world, launched Strativia in 2007. The company has set a high bar in winning government contracts.

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