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Allegany County Launches Tree Planting Program As Part of Bay Restoration Efforts

November 26, 2014

Allegany County has launched a new tree planting program designed to help the County meet its Chesapeake Bay watershed restoration goals.  Under the County’s “Trees Not Taxes” program, the County will plant trees on the property on an interested landowner.

The minimum planting area is 1/4 acre but larger tracts of land will receive priority.  The planting area must create new forest and not be part of a reforestation or mitigation requirement.  Tree species will be recommended by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service based on location and/or landowner preference.

The tree planting is free of charge but a landowner must sign an agreement that: (1) provides permission for the planting; (2) guarantees the trees will not be intentionally damaged or removed; and (3) allows the County access to the property for minor maintenance activities for the first five years following the planting.

For further information, please contact:

Dan DeWitt, P.E.
Allegany County Department of Public Works

Trees Not Taxes Information Brochure

Jennifer Sparenberg Named MHT’s New Hazard Mitigation Program Officer

November 26, 2014

In a November 21 email notice, the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) announced that Jennifer Sparenberg will be taking over as MHT’s new Hazard Mitigation Program Officer.  From the email notice:

This week, the Maryland Historical Trust welcomed Jennifer Sparenberg, a Certified Floodplain Manager and a hazard mitigation planner, as MHT’s new Hazard Mitigation Program Officer.  In her work in the private sector, Jen wrote and contributed to numerous hazard mitigation plans for local governments and flood mitigation publications for FEMA’s Building Science Branch.  …

Over the next two years, Jen will develop and implement MHT’s new Cultural Resources Hazard Mitigation Program, aimed at protecting historic places, archaeological sites, and cultural landscapes from the effects of sea level rise and coastal storms.  Under the program, MHT will develop model guidance and educational materials to assist local government with hazard mitigation planning for their cultural resources.  …

As part of the new program, Jen will administer grants to help local governments plan for cultural resources threatened by coastal hazards.  Together, these activities will help protect Maryland’s heritage, achieving a more resilient future while preserving our past.

Jen can be reached at


6 Things You Should Do Before MACo’s Winter Conference

November 26, 2014
MACoHotel - Marina View medium‘s Winter Conference will be held on January 7-9, 2015 a the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, MD. The theme is “The Road Ahead” and sessions will focus on county legislative priorities and building relationships with newly elected officials at the county, state, and legislative levels.
These 6 steps should help you prepare for MACo’s Winter Conference:
  2. Book your hotel room at the Hyatt


Learn more about MACo’s Winter Conference:

Questions? Contact Meetings & Events Director Virginia White.

Want to be Visible at MACo’s Winter Conference? Sponsor the Mobile App!

November 26, 2014

MACo’s Winter Conference Mobile App will highlight your company’s branding and will be sure to get the attention of our attendees! It features an “Activity Feed” similar to Facebook’s “Newsfeed” and was a huge success at our Summer Conference.

Don’t miss this chance to sponsor one of our most visible opportunities!

Put your company in the palm of their hands! 


  • EXCLUSIVE SPONSORSHIP – there will be only ONE Lead Sponsor!
  • “Sponsored by” line and sponsor web address included in mobile app invitation email to registrants.
  • Sponsor’s logo included as a mobile app promoted post – 1 of 6 rotating ads displayed at the top of the Activity Feed.
  • Sponsored link on app’s menu, will link out to Sponsor’s website.
  • Lead sponsor credit on mobile app signage & Full page ad in printed program booklet
  • 1 full conference registration

Mobile App Co-Sponsorship – $1,500

  • Sponsor’s logo included as a mobile app promoted post – 1 of 6 rotating ads displayed at the top of the Activity Feed.
  • Co-sponsor credit on all mobile app signage
  • Half-page ad in printed program booklet

Promoted Post Sponsor – $500-$1,000


  • Promoted post will be one of 6 rotating posts displayed at the top of the Activity Feed.


  • Text Only: 140 text characters – $500
  • Text & Image: 140 text characters and 1 image – $750
  • Survey: Text that links out to a survey within the app – $1,000


Other great sponsorships are also available, including: Stylus Pens, Hand Sanitizer Stations, Mobile Device Charging Station, Inaugural Banquet & Awards Ceremony Wine Service, and so much more!


Our sponsorship and advertising opportunities range from $500 to $4,000 and we welcome discussions about custom sponsorship packages. View our 2015 Winter Conference Sponsorship Brochure for more details, or contact Outreach Coordinator Kaley Schultze at or 410.269.0043.


For more information on MACo’s Winter Conference, visit

Registration Open for Maryland Zero Waste Plan Forum

November 26, 2014

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is hosting a Maryland Zero Waste Plan Forum on Tuesday, December 16 from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM at MDE headquarters (1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltmore, MD 21230).  From a November 25 email notice of the event:

Maryland Zero Waste Plan Forum

Register now to attend Maryland’s Zero Waste Plan Forum. This half-day event will focus on the outcome of public comments received and next steps for the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s Zero Waste Plan. The Plan centers on a number of waste reduction, reuse, recycling and energy recovery goals, and policy reforms to nearly eliminate the inefficient disposal of solid waste and wastewater by 2040.  

Join State officials and experts in the field to learn more about the Plan, discuss feedback from the public comment period, and map out the road to 2040.


The forum is free but you must pre-register in order to attend.  Approximately 100 seats remain open at the time of this blog post.  MDE expects to release the full agenda for the event soon.

Register to Attend

Get the Latest MD County News and MACo Updates Sent Right to Your Inbox

November 26, 2014

The expert policy analysts and staff of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) blog daily on Conduit Street about county news and information. Did you know you can receive MACo’s Conduit Street blog posts as soon as they’re posted, right to your email?

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Finance Director Serves as Educator for a Day in Cecil County, Maryland

November 26, 2014

As reported by the Cecil Whig, Cecil County Finance Director Winston Robinson recently participated in the “Educator for a Day” program that invites the public into the classroom.

Robinson said the fifth graders also asked questions about his career path and what he does in his current job.

“Accounting and auditing were a bit over their heads, so I explained how some of the world’s first governments were accountants, who would keep counts of harvests and try to save at least one season’s worth to feed a community,” he said. “Keeping a storehouse is still what we essentially do.”

According to the article, teachers also appreciated the opportunity to talk about the needs of the school system with the person who compiles and manages the county budget under the county executive.  Robinson said he enjoyed their conversations as well, saying,

“I think it’s important to be out there and interact with those who are affected by the budget I help the county executive put together and manage[.]”

For more information, and photos, read the full story in the Cecil Whig.


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