The Community Advisory Council
The GPGBR’s Community Advisory Council (CAC) was formed with leaders from government, business, labor, education, the faith-based community, non-profits and civic organizations from across Prince George’s County and the region. By creating such a broad based advisory structure, The Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable hopes to establish a vehicle for exchange of valuable information and insight from the varying perspectives of its Council members.
By creating such a broad based advisory structure Information gleaned from Community Forums conducted by the Roundtable across Prince George’s County is being used by the CAC to develop a VisionFramework® for the county’s future and an economic development model which enhances business and investment opportunities and markets the county’s unique assets. This VisionFramework® will demonstrate where the county should be positioned in 5, 10, and 20 years from now. It is through this grass roots effort that dialogue and interaction can affect public policy and improve the overall discourse between business and the residents who use their goods and services. This interaction with community leaders will help everyone to clearly understand the hopes and aspirations of all who live and work here. Councilor Groups were formed to deal with those concerns most often mentioned by citizens during our Community Forums—Public Safety, Economic Development, Infrastructure, and Education.
Mr. Dennis Brownlee, Chair of Community Advisory Council
Mr. Dennis Brownlee was named Chair of the Community Advisory Council by the Board of Directors. Mr. Brownlee has a distinguished background and significant experience as a commercial realtor. He is a former government administrator and a long-time civic activist in Prince George’s County, where he has served on many boards and commissions, including a period as Chair of the County’s Revenue Authority.named Chair of the Community Advisory Council.
The Community Advisory Council (CAC) was established as our primary link to the people of the county, serving as a sounding board and in the formulation of policy and positions.
Mr. Vince Canales, Chair of the Public Safety Councilor Work Group
Ismael “Vince” Canales is currently in his third term as President of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 89, representing over 2,600 active and retired law enforcement officers. During his service with the Prince George’s County Police Department for the past twenty years, Mr. Canales worked as a Homicide Detective, Child Abuse Detective, and patrol officer. Mr. Canales has a degree in Criminal Justice and, in 2010, completed the Harvard University Kennedy School Executive Education program for State and Local Governments. Mr. Canales currently serves as a member of the City of Bowie’s Ethics Commission and is a veteran of the United States Air Force.
Mr. Edward Campbell, Chair of the Education Councilor Work Group
Mr. Edward Campbell, Business Manager at Walt Whitman High School and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Riverdale Baptist Church, was appointed to Chair the Education Councilor Work Group.
Mr. André Fraser, Chair of the Economic Development & Infrastructure Councilor Work Group
Mr. André Fraser, Vice President of Number One Technologies in Landover, was appointed Chair of the Economic Development and Infrastructure Councilor Work Group.
The CAC is structured for 150 community leaders from the major sectors of our county’s civic infrastructure who are assigned to the three principal work groups.
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