Amazon’s HQ2 Set for Virginia, NYC: What Does It Mean for Schools?

Amazon this week announced the selection of New York City and Arlington, Virginia, as the locations for its new headquarters. Amazon says it will invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 jobs across the two new headquarters locations, with more than 25,000 employees each in New York City and Arlington. The new locations will join Seattle as the company’s three headquarters in North America. The 14-month, olympic-style competition leading up to the decision was…

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Ball Reconsidering Proposed Ellicott City Demolition Plan

A WTOP news article (2018-11-14) reported that incoming Howard County Executive Calvin Ball is reconsidering a plan to demolish 10 historic buildings in downtown Ellicott City to help mitigate the catastrophic flooding that has swept through the area twice in the last several years. As a County Council Member, Ball voted against the flood mitigation plan, which had been proposed by outgoing County Executive Allan Kittleman. The proposed 5-year mitigation plan provoked some controversy with historical and…

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State Holding Phase III WIP Regional Workshops for Local Governments

In a joint press release (2018-11-08), the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology announced that several state agencies are hosting a series of regional workshops for local governments on the state's pending Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP). The WIP will guide both Maryland and its local governments on the third and final phase for achieving water pollution reduction goals under the Chesapeake Bay…

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Solar Siting Preemption Case Now Precedent

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has now released a precedent-setting opinion, Board of County Commissioners of Washington County v. Perennial Solar, LLC, which holds that the state can preempt local zoning when granting approval for the siting of a large scale solar project. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Court issued a decision in late August which held that state law allows the Public Service Commission (PSC) to preempt by implication the zoning of…

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Spotify Playlist Provides the Beats for Life Saving CPR

Hands-only CPR can be performed using chest compression timed to the beat of certain songs and Spotify has complied a "Songs to do CPR to" playlist for just that. From The Baltimore Sun: The playlist, developed by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, collects songs that have a tempo between 100 and 120 beats per minute - the perfect pace for lifesaving chest compressions in case you have to perform CPR. It's part of the hospital's "hands only CPR"…

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How 75% of State School Construction Funding May Be Spent

The Interagency Commission on School Construction takes the first step in reviewing funding for the fiscal 2020 year's capital budget for school construction. This is the first season of school capital budgeting under the modified process laid out by the General Assembly in its 2018 law, the 21st Century School Facilities Act. The Interagency Commission, created by that 2018 law, heard a presentation on the new process, and a quick overview of some of the…

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Pack It In – Proposal Seeks To Increase Efficiency And Provide Flexibility In School Construction

Staff to the Interagency Commission on School Construction reach out to county governments and other stakeholders for input into recommendations to an upcoming work group on school construction. The recommendations for state funding for public school construction removes hard caps on square footage eligible for state funding participation while continuing to encourage space-efficient schools.  Maryland's public schools are built through a partnership between the State of Maryland and Maryland's counties, who both provide funding for school…

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Conduit Street Podcast: Election Tidbits, Congressional District Dilemma, and Amazon Is Coming! … Sort Of

On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally discuss some of the "too close to call" election races in Frederick County, review the fate of some of the more intriguing ballot questions from across the country, explain the significance of a federal court's ruling that Maryland's 6th Congressional District is unconstitutionally gerrymandered and must be redrawn in time for the 2020 election, and ponder what Amazon's decision to co-locate…

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County Officials Will “Hit the Ground Running” With MACo’s Newly Elected Officials Orientation

BROCHURE  | REGISTER  |  HOTEL  | SPONSORS  |  EXHIBITORS  |  MORE MACo's Winter Conference, "Charting the Course," is scheduled for January 2-4, 2019 at the Hyatt in Cambridge, MD - approximately 600 people are expected to attend. The Newly Elected Officials Orientation on January 2 will give new county officials an overview of foundational county governance practices. County government is often characterized as "where the rubber meets the road" in providing vital core services to…

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