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Montgomery County is the third largest county in Pennsylvania, the second wealthiest county in the Commonwealth and the 51st wealthiest in the United States. With just under 800,000 people living in its 487 square miles, Montgomery County is home to scores of major employers in pharmaceuticals, banking, manufacturing, healthcare and education.
The Montgomery County government and the services it provides to its residents is a reflection of the county itself – large, diversified, sophisticated and efficient. With a $385 million budget and close to 2,400 employees, Montgomery County provides a wide range of services serving social needs, business development, employee training, recreational opportunities, public safety, court services and roads and bridges.
The county’s newly formed Department of Commerce provides a one-stop opportunity for businesses looking to relocate to or expand in Montgomery County. It also includes a progressive employee training component dedicated to ensuring that county businesses have the trained, reliable employees they need to prosper.
The county also provides and coordinates social services in innovative and efficient ways through several departments including the Office of Children and Youth, Developmental Disabilities, and Aging and Adult Services. Beginning in 2013, many of these services will be delivered with the help of a ground-breaking approach in which so-called “navicates” help clients find the specific services they need for themselves or loved ones.
Montgomery County also maintains 75 miles of roads and 133 bridges; has developed over 60 miles of multi-use trails throughout the county; and cares for seven county parks and five historic sites. For a wonderful overview of what Montgomery County has to offer residents and visitors alike, check out this video produced by the Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Montgomery County also boasts an award-winning Department of Public Safety, which includes the only internationally accredited emergency dispatch center (911) in Pennsylvania. The dispatch center handles 770,000 calls a year; it handles 1,900 dispatches a day; and, over one million radio transmissions a week.
The county government provides many other services to its residents, and the county, itself, is home to a wide range of recreational, cultural and artistic outlets. It is served by an excellent public transportation system and its proximity to Philadelphia adds a great deal more to the quality of life in Montgomery County.