Maybe Stay Away From the Bay Today (July 31)…

A little over a hundred years ago, Baltimore City finally completed construction of its wastewater system -  and, since it was one of the last East Coast sewer systems to come to fruition, it was one of the most modern of the day. This means that, unlike in other East Coast cities with even older systems, not all of the stormwater gets combined with sewage and dumped into the water. Even so, when the City…

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Mark Your #MACoCon Calendar! 18 Sponsors Present County Solutions

MACo’s Summer Conference will hold Solutions Showcase Sessions, formally known as Sponsor Showcase Sessions, to educate attendees about products and services from participating conference sponsors. Each session will be 30 minutes and will be held in the "Energy Zone" Attendee Lounge (sponsored by Chesapeake Utilities and Sandpiper Energy), in room 210 of the Roland Powell Convention Center. The Sponsor Showcase Session schedule is below: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2018 11:00 am – 11:30 am Mobile Security Risks…

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The Benefits of Stress-Testing Your Pension

The Pew Charitable Trusts have released a report recommending public pensions conduct tests to anticipate their viability during market downturns on a regular basis.  The Pew Charitable Trusts analyzed 10 state pension systems (Maryland's pension system was not one of the systems studied) and developed a set of broadly applicable recommendations for public pensions systems and their ability to survive economic volatility. About half of Maryland's counties participate in the State's pension system, and all…

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NACo Announces High Performance Leadership Academy

NACo's new Leadership Academy is an online training to develop professional talent in your county staff The NACo High Performance Leadership Academy is an online 12-week program that will empower frontline county government professionals with the most fundamental leadership skills to deliver results for counties and communities. Without traveling away from the county, participants will use an online, interactive learning platform to engage in live events, video sessions and breakout group discussions. With a robust…

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State Recertifies Cecil County’s Agricultural Land Preservation Program

The Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) and the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) this week recertified Cecil County’s agricultural land preservation program through June 30, 2021. According to a press release: MDP and MALPF jointly administer the Program for the Certification of County Agricultural Land Preservation Programs (the “Certification Program”). Created by the Maryland General Assembly in 1990, the Certification Program lets counties keep more locally generated agricultural land transfer tax in exchange for…

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Ready, Set, GROW! Workshop Connects Business Owners with State and Local Buyers at #MACoCon

MACo's Summer Conference offers something for everyone, including business owners. On August 15-18, 2018, approximately 3,000 local government stakeholders will gather to discuss county government needs, challenges, and solutions at the MACo Summer Conference in Ocean City, MD. The conference focuses on water and all the ways counties serve their residents involving water - public health, infrastructure, the environment, the economy, tourism, etc. See the full program. MACo is also hosting several offerings outside of…

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How Will July Deluge Affect Health of the Chesapeake Bay?

A Bay Journal article (2018-07-27) discussed the potential effects of the late July deluges on the health of the Chesapeake Bay and Bay restoration efforts. The article noted that the Bay watershed received 7 inches plus of rain from July 21 through July 25. However, the long term effects, if any, will be determined in the next several months. Significant rainfall events can negatively effect water quality because additional nutrients and sediment gets washed into the Bay…

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POTUS to Sign Landmark Career and Technical Education Bill

President Donald Trump on Wednesday will sign a bipartisan overhaul the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, a $1.1 billion program that provides state grant funding for job training and related programs for high school students, many of whom may be seeking postsecondary options other than a four-year college degree. H.R. 2353 - Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act was passed unanimously by both the United States House of Representatives and…

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Maryland’s Incarceration Rates Continue to Drop

At a recent meeting of the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board a representative from the GOCCP updated the Oversight Board on state prison data noting a persisting decrease in the state's prison population. As reported by The Baltimore Sun not only are incarceration rates down in the prisons, they are down in the local jails as well (with the exception of Montgomery County): From October 2017 through the end of last month, the number of people…

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Judge Adkins Announces Retirement From Court of Appeals

A Daily Record article (2018-07-30, subscriber access only) reported that Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Sally Adkins has announced she will retire on October 31, leaving a vacancy on the seven-member court. Adkins represents the 1st Appellate Judicial Circuit and her replacement must be a judge or attorney living on the Eastern Shore. Adkins, who is 68, announced her retirement prior to reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70. A native of Salisbury, Maryland, Adkins…

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