About SSTCi

Our Vision

The vision of Silver Spring Town Center is to:

Build Community in Silver Spring by creating an environment that is open, welcoming and safe for all while reflecting the interests and needs of the community.

Inspire and uplift residents by planning, providing and arranging positive, energetic programming that is interesting, educational and entertaining.

Promote cross-community and cross-cultural understanding by embracing racial and cultural diversity in all aspects of governance, management and program operations.

Encourage and support the arts by providing a dynamic, visual focal point in the community, by making local art more widely accessible and by promoting the arts and entertainment district.

Foster civic engagement by providing a forum for active dialogue around issues that affect the community.

Market and promote Silver Spring Town Center programs and services taking place inside the Silver Spring Civic Center and outside at Veterans Plaza.

Marshal, manage and maintain the available resources effectively, efficiently and collaboratively so as to assure long-term viability and stability.

Our Values

The values of Silver Spring Town Center are:

Ethics and accountability in our fundraising efforts to support a mission that promotes a stable, enduring entity.

Inclusiveness to value and reflect the diversity of interests and voices that are apparent in the community racially, culturally and socio-economically. To enthusiastically welcome the breadth of influence that comes with that diversity.

Responsiveness to the public by providing programs and an environment that incorporate and reflect interests articulated by the community.

Decisiveness to promote effective, efficient and collaborative leadership that values the resources of the community.

Strategic thinking to ensure visionary, forward thinking that is creative and resourceful in its approach to fundraising, governance and policies in programming.

Creativity in its approach to operations and programming as well as the environment that projects the spirit of the enterprise, which is fresh, bold, energizing and new.

Our Board & Staff

Executive Director

Lisa Martin

SSTCi's 2016 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Ethan Balis,President

Yodit Gebremeskel, Treasurer

Sara Gregerman, Secretary

At-large Board members

Katie Conlon

Jay Elvove

Brandon Felton

Ed Levy

Carolyn Michell

Reemberto Rodriguez

Terri Salus

SSTCi's Advisory Board

Dr. Sheryl Brissett Chapman

Mark Kozaki

Wanda Whiteside

Maryann Zimmerman

Building & Grounds

Silver Spring Civic Building

Opening its doors on July 8, 2010, the Silver Spring Civic Building represents a new vitality for Silver Spring. Whether attending community-based programs or renting out the space for a private conference or function, the Silver Spring Civic Building is the perfect place to host the event.

The Silver Spring Civic Building is your perfect event venue. Consider one of its seven meeting spaces including:

  • The Great Hall: Ideal for conferences, performances and private family celebrations. It is a place where people can meet and families can get together. The Great Hall can accommodate up to 800 people and has movable walls that can be subdivided into three spaces to provide maximum flexibility for the event space.
  • Conference Rooms & Activity Spaces: Can fit up to 32 people for meetings, conferences and classes
  • The Glass Atrium: A 2-story glass enclosed space that is excellent for receptions
  • The Courtyard: A landscaped, enclosed courtyard that is open to the sky

Veterans Plaza

A large outdoor space dedicated to our Veterans and their service to our country. It is the ideal space for outdoor ceremonies, concerts, festivals, movies and other public events.

Silver Spring Regional Offices

A branch of the Silver Spring Regional Offices is located at Silver Spring Town Center in the Civic Building. Some of the reasons to visit the Silver Spring Regional Offices include:

  • Applying for permits and licenses
  • Applying for employment with the County
  • Filing a complaint
  • Paying for fines and parking tickets
  • Registering to vote

Directions & Parking


One Veterans Place (at Ellsworth Drive between Fenton Street & Cedar Street)
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910


Driving Directions

From DC: Head north on Georgia Avenue. Turn right on Wayne Avenue. Turn left on Fenton Avenue. Proceed about 2 blocks to Fenton and Ellsworth Drive. Plaza is on the right.

From the Beltway: Head south on Colesville Avenue (Exit 30) for approximately 2 miles to Fenton Street. Turn left on Fenton Street to Ellsworth Drive (2 blocks). Plaza is on the left.


Limited street parking and garages are available, the closest at nearby county parking garages.


Biking is easy! Bike on over and lock up at one of the bike racks on the plaza or in one of the nearby county parking garages.

Public Transit

Take a bus or train to get in on the action.

Metro train


Take the red line to Silver Spring station.

Take the southside Colesville Avenue exit. Walk towards Discovery Communications headquarters. Once across Wayne Avenue, turn right and follow the foot path by the Discovery Communications Steve Irwin Memorial Gardens, and under the arch. Cross Georgia at the pedestrian crossing. You’re now on Ellsworth Drive. Follow it for 1 block to Veterans Plaza and the civic building.


Ride On and Metrobus offer a variety of ways to reach Silver Spring downtown.


MARC (Maryland Area Regional Commuter) Train Service runs weekday service. Follow the directions from the Silver Spring Metro station.

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