State Releases Proposed School Construction Local Cost-Share Percentages

July 30, 2014

By regulation every three years the Board of Public Works is required to revise the State-Local Cost Share Percentages that determine the State funding participation for individual projects approved in the annual Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The Public School Construction Program recently released the proposed Cost Share Percentages that will apply to the FY16-18 CIPs.

These cost share percentages only apply to certain costs, those eligible for partial funding by the State. All other costs are assumed by local governments, so the overall local contribution to school construction is often much larger than the percentages stated below.

The percentages, which are determined by formula, vary by county and indicate the maximum State funding percentage of eligible costs.  The   FY12-15 cost share percentages, which were calculated during the last revision cycle, are included here for comparative purposes.

For more information, see the State Local Cost Share FY 2016-FY 2018 proposed percentages memo from the Public School Construction Program and our previous posts, County Officials Participate in School Construction Funding Study, Board of Public Works Approves School Construction Funding.

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Fiscal Year 2015 Maryland Public School Construction Capital Improvement Program

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Courtesy of the Public School Construction Program


Stantec Supports 2014 #MACoCon

July 30, 2014

MACo would like to thank Stantec for sponsoring a golf tournament hole and a mobile app promoted post at the 2014 MACo Summer Conference, this August 13-16 in Ocean City, MD.

StantecThey’re active members of the communities they serve. That’s why at Stantec, they always design with community in mind. The Stantec community unites more than 13,000 employees working in over 200 locations. Their work – professional consulting in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics – begins at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. With a long-term commitment to the people and places they serve, Stantec has the unique ability to connect to projects on a personal level and advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

Please visit Stantec on the web at www.stantec.com.

Thank you, Stantec –  Summer Conference Sponsor – for your continued support of the Maryland Association of Counties!


Learn More About the Maryland Association of Community Colleges at MACoCon

July 30, 2014

MACo would like to thank the Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC) for sponsoring the Crab Feast beverage coasters and a mobile app badge at the 2014 MACo Summer Conference, this August 13-16 in Ocean City, MD.

MACCAt 16 Maryland community colleges, 22 campuses and more than 1,000 learning sites across the state, over 500,000 community college students annually pursue academic degrees, 130+ certifications in career and technical training, and diverse courses that refresh and develop career and life skills. Community college programs are designed for both full and part-time students, and include online learning opportunities, state-of-the-art facilities, and professional and adjunct teaching staff. Key partners in local economic development, Maryland community colleges deliver customized training designed to meet immediate, local labor needs and ensure the availability of a skilled workforce to attract new business employers.  The Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC) is an advocate for the state’s community colleges and the educational needs of the students they serve. For more information about MACC and Maryland’s community colleges, visit www.mdacc.org or call (410) 974-8117.

Please stop by their exhibit booth (#504) at the Summer Conference and visit them on the web at www.mdacc.org.

Thank you, Maryland Association of Community Colleges –  Summer Conference Sponsor – for your continued support of the Maryland Association of Counties!


PLAY with Cunningham Recreation/GameTime

July 30, 2014

MACo would like to thank Cunningham Recreation/ GameTime for sponsoring a mobile app badge at the 2014 MACo Summer Conference, this August 13-16 in Ocean City, MD.

Cunningham RecSince 1966, Cunningham Recreation has been providing customers with complete park and playground solutions from design to construction. They can provide their customers with safe affordable playground equipment, a variety of safety surfacing materials, sports and fitness equipment, bleachers and press boxes, scoreboards, shade and shelter options, site furnishings, water play, skate parks and dog parks. They also offer a comprehensive playground management and maintenance program including inspection software.

Please stop by their exhibit booth (# 607) or visit Cunningham Recreation/ GameTime on the web at www.cunninghamrec.com.

Thank you, Cunningham Recreation/ GameTime –  Summer Conference Sponsor – for your continued support of the Maryland Association of Counties!


MACoCon: 2 Things You Should Do TODAY (if you haven’t already)

July 30, 2014

1. REGISTER!

Today, July 30, 2014 is the deadline for Regular Registration rates. That means Late Registration rates take effect tomorrow. REGISTER TODAY for our lowest available rates.

 

2. Download the Mobile App
MACo’s Mobile App, sponsored by lead sponsor  Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company and co-sponsor Nationwide Retirement Solutions, will help you navigate the event.
The Mobile App features an event schedule with session descriptions and speaker information, lists of sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees with their contact information, and maps of the venue.  Download the app for free today to plan your day and find your way at MACo’s Summer Conference. The app is only available to MACo Summer Conference registrants – contact vwhite@mdcounties.org if you have not yet received your log-in information.

 

Learn more about MACo’s 2014 Summer Conference:

Contact Meetings & Events Director Virginia White with questions about Summer Conference.


Pickleball and Rock Walls and WiFi, Oh My! Changing Expectations for County Recreation Departments

July 30, 2014

The public expects high quality services and recreational opportunities from county park and recreation departments. However, as public recreation preferences and expectations change over time, it can be challenging for a county to keep up. From providing wireless internet (WiFi) service and rock walls in recreational facilities to creating field space to accommodate a diverse set of league sports, county departments are being asked to provide an increasingly broad array of services. In this MACo Summer Conference session, panelists will discuss recent and emerging trends in public recreation and highlight how several counties have responded to meet these new needs.

Speakers:

  • Paul Magness, Deputy Director, Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Christopher Merdon, Chief Information Officer and Director, Howard County Department of Technology and Communication Services
  • Michele Potter, President, Maryland Recreation and Parks Association and Director of Parks, Recreation, and Culture, City of Gaithersburg

Moderator: The Honorable Michael Busch, Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates

Date/Time: Thursday, August 14, 2014; 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Learn more about MACo’s 2014 Summer Conference:

Contact Meetings & Events Director Virginia White with questions about Summer Conference.


Pension System Earns 14.37% in Fiscal 2014

July 30, 2014

As reported by MarylandReporter.com, Maryland’s State Retirement and Pension System earned 14.37% in fiscal 2014, bringing the total value of the system up to $45.4 billion, a gain of more than $5 billion for the year.

It was the second year in a row of strong performance due to sharp upturns in stocks, according to Chief Investment Officer Melissa Moye. The fund exceeded its target of 7.7% and its market benchmark of 14.16% — what its basket of assets would have been expected to earn.
The System’s press release provides additional information.
“The funds annual returns continue to reflect the strong market environment that has prevailed since the end of the credit crisis,” said State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp, Chair of the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System Board of Trustees.
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