Help Lift Local Infrastructure – Tweet On 12/13 #LIFT4MD

Our local infrastructure needs a LIFT – a Local Infrastructure Fast Track. On Tuesday, December 13, join MACo and fellow stakeholders in making the call for a #LIFT4MD. Help us get meaningful local infrastructure funding in the State budget, restored highway user revenues, and an honest assessment of the state of all our infrastructure – from wires and rails to pipes and pavement.

Tweet on Tuesday: on Tuesday, December 13, join the #LIFT4MD twitter storm. Post your pictures of broken-down bridges and terra cotta pipes. Show how you’re doing more with less. Choose from any of our sample tweets, or create your own. Use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or all of the above – just be sure to include the hashtag #LIFT4MD.

Follow us at @LIFT4MD on Twitter. Like our Facebook page. Share our website.

At this week’s MACo Winter Conference, “An Ounce of Prevention,” experts will address the need for a Local Infrastructure Fast Track for Maryland from a variety of facets.

Attendees will hear from Andrew Hartsig, Research Manager at the National Association of Counties (NACo), who will provide an overview on how county infrastructure needs are funded across the country.

James Phillips-Farley, Esq., Acting Chief of the Office of Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Baltimore City Department of Public Works will discuss the City’s work to fund a comprehensive wastewater collection system evaluation and rehabilitation program, in compliance with a 2002 Consent Decree with the United States.

It can be done. It should be done. But to get there, all leaders, stakeholders and activists need to work together to deliver the message clearly. That’s why Theresa McClure, Regional Strategic Communications Lead, HDR, Inc. will discuss how to use social media to advance the message that local infrastructure needs a #LIFT4MD.

Session Title: #LIFT4MD: Local Infrastructure Fast Track for Maryland

Description: We all know it: our fundamental infrastructure needs a lift. Join MACo in advocating for a #LIFT4MD to strengthen our roads, bridges, water mains, wastewater systems, and public structures. It’s one of the few points which can draw consensus from both sides of the aisle, from both public and private sectors, and from all levels of government. The questions remain on how to fund this investment, how to stretch our limited resources wisely, how to leverage this opportunity to best stimulate our economy, and how to target the greatest of our many needs. In this session, experts will discuss the challenges involved and how we might begin to answer these questions and more about our local infrastructure funding options.


  • Andrew Hartsig, Research Manager, NACo
  • James Phillips-Farley, Esq., Acting Chief of the Office of Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Baltimore City Department of Public Works
  • Theresa McClure, ENVSP, Regional Strategic Communications Lead, HDR, Inc.

Introduction: The Honorable Jerry Walker, Council Member, Anne Arundel County

Moderator: The Honorable Steven Hershey, Maryland State Senate

Date/Time: Thursday, December 8, 2016, 10:30 am – 11:45 am

The MACo Winter Conference will be held December  7-9, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland.

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