Montgomery County’s long economic decline is accelerating, and if residents and businesses aren’t alarmed yet, they should be.

In spite of having an educated workforce, proximity to the nation’s capital, and several large private employers, the county’s value proposition to businesses in the market for new locations or considering expansions is not helping the county to grow or maintain its share of regional jobs in industries and occupations that pay high wages.

Those jobs are important to the county’s ability to fund the critical government services that the community needs and expects.

The county executive’s knee-jerk negative response to a report (“Elrich blasts report on county’s economy; others say it raises concerns,” July 1) is disappointing, but unsurprising. This county executive has spent decades articulating and…

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