Sternbach picked to take over GRP
Jan. 3, 2003
Noelle Barton * Staff Writer

An economic and business community powerhouse will lead a rejuvenated Greater Rockville Partnership, charged with attracting and retaining businesses in Rockville, city officials said.

Sally Sternbach, a Silver Spring-based business and civic activist who ran and lost the Democratic nomination for the District 5 County Council seat this year, will bring a big-picture perspective to her new role in Rockville, Mayor Larry Giammo said.

Sternbach accepted the position Dec. 20.

"She's one of these folks who knows what she doesn't know and knows how to figure out how to learn it," said Giammo, who is a Greater Rockville Partnership board member and served on the executive director search committee.

Giammo said Sternbach exemplifies the personality he hopes people will begin to associate with Rockville: high energy, can-do spirit, personable and with a solid knowledge about business and government at the county and state levels.

GRP was formed five years ago by city leaders and is funded by a $330,000 annual budget from the city. Its board and director meet with senior city staff and the mayor and City Council annually to work out a framework for the use of that money.

Sternbach will take up where Stephanie Phillips leaves off at her departure in early January. Giammo said his lengthy talks with Sternbach lead him to believe she'll be in the driver's seat for "at least several years."

Sternbach is a former head of the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce and the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board, and has lived in Silver Spring for more than two decades. She is also a former AT&T employee and belongs to several commerce and neighborhood groups. * *



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