The recently passed federal budget for fiscal year 2022 contains $300,000 to support the Arts and Brewery District in downtown Silver Spring. The goal is to strengthen the region’s business community, according to US Representative Jamie Raskin, who secured the appropriation.
The funds will be used by students at the Montgomery College campus in Silver Spring to train and train apprentices for careers that support artisanal food and beverage manufacturing. The Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) will administer the money.
The Downtown Silver Spring Arts & Brewery district includes Denizens Brewing Co., Silver Branch Brewing, Astro Lab Brewing and nearly 160 restaurants, delis and bars. Maryland has designated Silver Spring as an arts and entertainment district.
Other proposed projects include the creation of streetscapes, pedestrian-friendly walkways, lighting and signage that would guide visitors walking between breweries. It would also be used to create a pop-up space for local farm breweries during special events and weekends. The money will also be used for promotions and marketing.
The initiative had already received $100,000 from the MCDOT in the fall of 2021.
“Vibrant federal-local partnerships help our Eighth District community thrive,” Raskin said in a news release. “I am thrilled that President Biden has signed statutory funding to support the downtown Silver Spring Arts and Brewery District, one of Montgomery County’s exciting business hubs. This project will create economic development opportunities and reinvigorate Silver Spring.
County Executive Marc Elrich called the district “a game changer for our county’s economy and reestablishing this community as a destination for dining, entertainment and good times.”
Montgomery President and CEO Kelly Groff added in the press release, “Visitors and residents alike are drawn to Silver Spring’s unique blend of diverse restaurants, award-winning breweries, walking opportunities, vibrant shops and thriving cultural arts experiences. With its proximity to Washington, D.C. and access to the Red Line subway, Silver Spring is well positioned to grow its local tourism economy through the creation of a new arts and brewery district,”