The largest barrier to economic development in Montgomery County was the lack of county zoning. This made prospective businesses uncomfortable with what might happen to neighboring properties. However, there was resistance to zoning among some residents. HWC worked to build consensus on “common sense” zoning regulations, leading to adoption of the county’s first comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance. With this key issue resolved, Montgomery County was able to attract $138 million in investment along with 300 new jobs.