#MACoCon Academy Electives Focus on Tech, TMDLs, Tides, And More

academylogoCounty Fellows of the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance are required to complete 8 Core Courses and 6 Elective Credits – MACo announces 4 Electives to be held at the 2018 Summer Conference.

Core Courses to be offered: Conducting Effective Meetings and County Financial Management.

Academy Fellows with questions about their transcripts should contact registrar Aisha Washington at awashin1@umd.edu or (301) 314-2641.

Any conference registrant may attend these courses. Academy Fellows will need to attend and fill out a form to receive credit for the course.

Tech Expo Deep Dive Session: Surf’s Up! Small Cell Tsunami

The hanging of small cells on new and existing poles affects a range of issues, including business development, rural connectivity, and health concerns. Several counties have already dipped a toe in the water, negotiating directly with providers on zoning and licensing. Hear about 5G technology and what it could mean for Maryland, learn more about the necessary county role, and see a small cell up close at this educational session.


  • LaTara Harris, Regional Director of External Affairs, AT&T
  • Victor K. Tervala, Chief Solicitor, Legal Advice & Opinions, Baltimore City Department of Law

Moderator: The Honorable Johnny Mautz, Maryland House of Delegates

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 15, 2018; 11:00 am – noon   

Tech Expo Deep Dive Session: All Hands on Deck: Cybersecurity for County Governments

County government networks possess a wealth of valuable personal information, including Social Security numbers, tax ID numbers, health information, and other sensitive data. This makes county government employees at every level potential targets for online pirates looking to steal sensitive information. Even well-meaning and internet-savvy employees may fall prey to inappropriate release of data…with multiple consequences. Learn from Maryland’s leading cybersecurity firms how counties can work together to keep fast all data, including personal information.


  • Ryan Spelman, MPA GSLC GCCC, Senior Director, Business Development, Center for Internet Security
  • Catherine Kelly, Legislative Officer, Maryland Military Department
  • Ilan Barda, CEO, Radiflow

Moderator: The Honorable Edward Reilly, Maryland State Senate

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 15, 2018; 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Handle with Care: Substance Exposed Newborns

One unfortunate consequence of the opioid crisis is the dramatic rise in substance exposed newborns (SEN). SEN are babies that test positive for a controlled drug or show symptoms of withdrawal from prenatal exposure. These children and their families can experience a variety of health and welfare problems that overburden county resources, resulting in a growing urgency to identify more effective and rapid interventions. In this session, learn more about recent federal and local action being taken to spur earlier intervention and care for substance abusing mothers and their substance exposed newborns.


  • Tiffany Rexrode, Assistant Director for Adult, Child, and Family Services, Washington County
  • Rebecca Jones-Gaston, Executive Director, Social Services Administration
  • Jennifer Thomas, Staff Development Nurse Special Care Nursery and Pediatrics at Upper Chesapeake Health
  • Bethany Fisher, SEN Specialist, Harford County

Moderator: The Honorable Eric Bromwell, Maryland House of Delegates

Date/Time: Thursday, August 16, 2018; 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Putting Our Best Food Forward: A Sea of Possibilities

Maryland counties purchase billions of dollars of food each year for hospitals, jails, schools, senior programs, cafeterias, and other county-owned or -operated facilities. Hear from panelists who have leveraged this purchasing power to promote food that aligns with their counties’ values of health, local economic vitality, and sustainability. Panelists will share concrete, cost-effective strategies to develop and implement food procurement practices that improve health outcomes for residents while supporting our state’s agriculture (and water!) system.


  • The Honorable Danielle Glaros, Council Chair, Prince George’s County
  • Chloe Waterman, Senior Food Campaigner, Friends of the Earth
  • Liz Marchetta, Director, Food and Nutrition Services, Baltimore City Public Schools

Moderator: The Honorable Sheree Sample-Hughes, Maryland House of Delegates

Date/Time: Thursday, August 16, 2018; 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm 

Charting the Next Course for the Bay TMDL

The journey of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) is entering its third and final phase for reaching water pollution reduction goals for nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment by 2025. With a new Bay Model and new Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) come revised state loads and incorporation of issues, such as accounting for growth, climate change, and the Conowingo Dam. Panelists will discuss the current and future path of the Bay TMDL and how it will affect both Maryland and its counties.


  • Lee Currey, Water and Science Administration Director, Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Charles MacLeod, Attorney, MacLeoad Law Group, LLC and Representative, Clean Chesapeake Coalition
  • Kim Grove, Office of Compliance and Laboratories Chief, Baltimore City

Moderator: The Honorable James Mathias, Maryland State Senate

Date/Time: Friday, August 17, 2018; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Rising Tides of Rural Health Care

Of Maryland’s 24 counties, 18 are considered rural and cover a population of over 1.6 million. These rural counties (and rural areas of urban counties) have unique challenges and vulnerable populations with needs that can be vastly different than those seen in their more urban counterparts. There are exciting, emerging opportunities to transform the framework for rural health care through new partnerships, innovative funding methods, and inventive means of delivering services. In this session, learn more about the future of rural health in Maryland.


  • Lara Wilson, Executive Director, Maryland Rural Health Association (MRHA)
  • Ciotola, Health Officer, Queen Anne’s County
  • Mark Luckner, Executive Director, Community Health Resource Commission
  • Simone Bratton, Chief, Division of Community Support Services, Medicaid, Maryland Department of Health (MDH)
  • Charlotte Davis, Executive Director, Rural Maryland Council

Moderator: The Honorable Mary Beth Carozza, Maryland House of Delegates

Date/Time: Friday, August 17, 2018; 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Angling for Educational Excellence: Kirwan 2.0

The [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education was formed in 2016 to answer two questions: Should the state revise current education funding formulas? And what major new education policies must be enacted to put Maryland public schools on par with the best in the world? The Commission released preliminary policy recommendations earlier this year, and has recently sharpened its focus on education formulas – including the pattern and role of county funding. Spending formulas, systematic accountability, and resource equity are all hot topics. How will the Kirwan Commission’s recommendations affect county governments? This session focuses on education funding and accountability, and how to best ensure that Maryland students receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education.


  • The Honorable Craig Rice, Council Member, Montgomery County
  • The Honorable William Valentine, Commissioner, Allegany County
  • William “Brit” Kirwan, Chair, Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education

Moderator: The Honorable Maggie McIntosh, Maryland House of Delegates

Date/Time: Saturday, August 18, 2018; 10:15 am – 11:15 am


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