Discuss Short-Term Rentals, Infrastructure, Hiring Practices & More in #MACoCon Sponsor Showcase Sessions

2016 MACoCon Attendees Enjoying a Sponsor Showcase Session on Water Quality

MACo’s Summer Conference will hold Sponsor Showcase Sessions to educate attendees about specific sponsor products and services, or their involvement in policy issues on the local level.

REGISTER TODAY and join MACo conference participants to learn about these topics and more, August 16-19, 2017. View the full conference schedule, including ALL session descriptions.


The Sponsor Showcase Session schedule is below:


3:00 pm – 3:30 pm:

The Future of Transparency

Sponsor: Multivista

Description: Join Multivista to discuss the future of tax payer dollars: Visual As-Built technology…and find out what DRONE means!



8:15 AM – 8:45 AM:

LGIT – Hot Products!

Sponsor: Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT)

Description: Looking for courses on any of the following: Human Resources, Management, Finance & Grants, Productivity, Safety & Environment, Transit Operations, Water & Wastewater, Law Enforcement, Health & Wellness? Learn how to access all of these courses through LGIT’s Online Campus. Also, learn about LGIT’s HR Compliance Portal where you can print state and federal posters, build a handbook, and much more.


10:00 AM – 10:30 AM:

Why Solar Continues to Shine for Maryland Counties

Sponsor: WGL Energy

Description: Counties can continue to benefit from participating in Maryland’s Aggregate Net Energy Metering (ANEM) program. Solar projects, in particular, remain viable due to reductions in installation, panel, soft and financing costs which outweigh potential political uncertainty and lower solar renewable energy certificate (SREC) prices. These renewable energy projects are especially attractive for counties that have land available for solar installation. Attend this session to learn how to maximize your financial and environmental benefits from solar.

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM:

Protecting People and Communities Amidst Major Changes in the Accommodations Industry

Sponsor: Maryland Hotel Lodging Association

Description: With home sharing and short term online rentals on the rise, what can you do to maintain neighborhood integrity and prioritize guest safety? Join leaders of Maryland’s hotel community for a discussion on existing regulations in the accommodations industry and efforts to regulate short term online rentals around the country. They will discuss best practices in the areas of taxation, health and safety regulations, licensing, and zoning rules to provide you with the tools you need to protect your community.

11:30 AM – Noon:

Hidden Assets, Visible Gains: How Investment in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grows the Local Economy

Sponsor: Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)

Description: Infrastructure investment is touted as the springboard to economic growth. However, federal and state “infrastructure” dollars are generally reserved for those projects that can be seen: streets and roads, bridges, ports, airports, etc. What about the infrastructure that you can’t see, but use every day? Throughout Maryland, deferred investment in water and wastewater infrastructure systems not only poses a public health threat, but an economic one as well. Join WSSC, the state’s largest water and wastewater utility, for a look at how investment in their infrastructure can equal growth in the economies of Maryland’s counties.

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM:

Aetna’s Response to the Opioid Epidemic: A case study of health plan resource and response for the community.

Sponsor: Aetna

Description: Opioid epidemic is a complicated public health issue requiring a coordinated and integrated approach. This presentation will describe Aetna’s approach to the crisis by reducing the supply of opioids, supporting appropriate prescribing, reducing harm from problematic use, and supporting individuals who have developed substance use disorder. Integration of this approach with the community employers, providers and government will be described.

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM:

Telemedicine and Your Workforce

Sponsor: Kaiser Permanente Health Foundation of Mid-Atlantic States

Description: At Kaiser Permanente we believe in providing our members the “Right Care, at the Right Time, in the Right Setting.” In today’s fast paced environment where time is at a premium, many employees struggle to carve out time to care for their personal health and well-being – so Kaiser is bringing health care services to our members, wherever they are. Attend this session to learn more about the cost-saving, time-saving tools and resources Kaiser can provide your employees. Employees will be more engaged in their healthcare, so employers will see improvement in absenteeism, presenteeism, employee turnover, and worker’s compensation claims. Find out more about how Kaiser Permanente continues to change the face of healthcare and what that could mean for your organization or county government.

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM:

Superconducting Maglev in the Baltimore-Washington Corridor: Transforming the Region

Sponsor: The NorthEast Maglev

Description: The Northeast Maglev (TNEM) is a US private company committed to the deployment of a superconducting magnetic levitation train (SCMAGLEV) to run from Washington DC to Baltimore City in just 15 minutes. The SCMAGLEV is the fastest train in the world, offering the most technologically advanced, environmentally friendly, reliable, and efficient high-speed rail system. TNEM’s ultimate vision is to link DC, Baltimore, Wilmington, Philadelphia, and New York City. Starting with the Baltimore-Washington corridor, SCMAGLEV will transform mobility and economic growth in our region and throughout the Northeast Corridor.



10:00 AM – 10:30 AM:

Everybody Wins: Getting Maryland Customers to Take Action to Reduce Energy Use

Sponsor: Pepco Delmarva Power

Description: Today’s utility customers expect personalized choice and control—Pepco and Delmarva Power’s energy efficiency programs offer just that. Supporting the EmPOWER Maryland Act, these programs educate customers about energy use and offer cash incentives for taking action. Grounded in data-driven research, Pepco and Delmarva Power get the right message to the right customer at the right time and place. Come learn about ways these utilities help customers save energy and money for years to come.

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM:

Women in Retirement: INVEST in YOURSELF – Empower Your Future.

Sponsor: Nationwide Retirement Solutions

Description: Today’s Women are more successful than ever before. Yet many women remain unaware of issues that may be critical to their long-term welfare and shy away from taking an active role in investment planning. What’s your future worth? Empower your future by learning more about the financial components of investing, key issues impacting modern women, and ways to potentially increase your retirement income.

11:30 AM – Noon:

The Impact of Your Hiring Practices on Your Bottom Line

Sponsor: Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company

Description: During this time of economic expansion, it is important for employers to remember the impact of their hiring practices on their workers’ compensation program. Successful workers’ compensation programs focus on accident prevention and begins with the hiring process. An employer’s first step toward injury prevention is to ensure candidates are an appropriate match for the responsibilities of the open position. Inexperienced or ill-equipped employees can have profound impact on an employer’s bottom line. Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company will discuss several points during the hiring process where employers have the opportunity to promote and maintain their commitment to a safe workplace environment.

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM:

Leveraging State Tools to Achieve Community Benefits

Sponsor: Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development

Description: Learn about tools available through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development to help small businesses and residents thrive. This session will focus on programs that your county can leverage to benefit your constituents, including energy and weatherization, small business lending, and blight removal initiatives.

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