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:


11:00 am – 11:30 am

Mobile Security Risks and Solutions for State and Local Governments

Sponsor: Check Point Software Technologies LTD

Description: The security world is expanding and we need to be prepared to combat the new fifth generation of risks. Join Check Point’s Mobility Expert for a discussion on what this means for our Mobile security policy for local and state governments. They will detail the risks we face, how the risks tie into our current environment (BYOD and traditional), and walk through suggestions on how to resolve the issues in ways which meet/exceed mandates while respecting individual user requirements and privacy.

Speakers: Scot Knight, Mobile Threat Security Expert, Check Point 


12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

Waves of Change: Innovation in Agriculture

Sponsor: MidAtlantic Farm Credit

Description: Technological advances impact all of us, including those who grow and produce our food. It’s crucial for Maryland farmers to be aware of the changes going on in the industry, and keep an eye on the future. Kurt Fuchs, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs with MidAtlantic Farm Credit, outlines some of the challenges currently facing our agriculture community, and how people in and outside of the industry are making waves of change for future generations.

Speakers: Kurt Fuchs, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, MidAtlantic Farm Credit


2:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Experiencing the Enterprise Cloud through Nutanix Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Sponsor: SLAIT ConsultingNutanix

Description: Nutanix makes datacenter infrastructure invisible by delivering an Enterprise Cloud that enables IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. Nutanix leverages a hybrid delivery model to capitalize on public cloud advantages while retaining the security and control of private datacenters. The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud integrates server, storage, virtualization and networking in a hyper-converged platform to run any workload, at any scale, while removing the complexity of legacy infrastructure. Deploy as a turnkey appliance or as software on leading servers.

Speakers: Johnathan Adair, Sr. Systems Engineer, Nutanix


3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Trouble in the Water:  Issues Affecting Workers’ Compensation

Sponsor: Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance

Description: Workers’ compensation issues continue to bubble over.  Maryland counties must continue to monitor workers’ compensation issues to ensure that workplace injuries are handled cost-effectively.  Staying on top of issues such as rising health care costs and return to work strategies are necessary components of a comprehensive workers’ compensation program.  Join Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company as we discuss issues currently affecting workers’ compensation claims, medical treatment and ways to reduce workers’ compensation costs.   

Speakers: Dr. Stephen Fisher, Director of Health Services, Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance


4:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Disaster Recovery and Preparedness Within and Beyond the Datacenter – and With the Citizen in Mind

Sponsor: Amazon Web Services

Description: How do cities and counties plan for and automate strategies to protect their data, and ultimately, their citizens? Having a disaster recovery plan is essential for governments around the globe, but how can you ensure that your plan is foolproof?

In this session, you will learn how disaster recovery solutions in the cloud keep your government operational while informing and protecting your citizens, ensuring the safety of your infrastructure, and keeping data secure and available. Learn how other cities are already using the cloud to monitor, prepare, and respond to potentially hazardous conditions.

Speakers: Ray Chang, Senior Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services



8:15 am – 8:45 am

Efficient Buildings Create Efficient Communities: Energy Efficiency Programs & You

Sponsors: Pepco/Delmarva Power Energy Savings for Business

Description: Maximizing your budget and improving your building’s performance are crucial to a successful community. Pepco and Delmarva Power’s newest program, Energy Efficiency Communities (EEC), can help your organization stretch its dollar and increase its bottom line by reducing electrical consumption and energy bills. The EEC Program offers cash incentives, technical support, and educational programs to local, county, and municipal government customers. These custom plans tailor to your energy reduction needs, freeing funds for other projects while demonstrating stewardship of taxpayer dollars. Come learn about ways Pepco and Delmarva Power can help you save energy and money, and become an efficient community.

Speaker: Elizabeth Hitchman, Senior Program Manager, Pepco Holdings
Samantha Loprinzo, Manager, ICF


10:00 am – 10:30 am

A Drop in the Bucket: Finding Ways to Maximize Funds When Resources Are Slim

Sponsor: WGL Energy

Description: Counties can learn about creative ways to use the resources they have more wisely through sound water and energy solutions.  Hear from two members of the MD Green Building Council on methods and tools.

Speakers: David St. Jean, Director of Energy, DGS
Cherise Seals, Senior BDM, WGL Energy


10:45 am – 11:15 am

Next Generation 9-1-1 Core Services — What is it and what does it mean for Maryland?

Sponsor: Motorola Solutions

Description: Maryland is at a crossroads with making plans for building out the Next Generation of 9-1-1 networks that will serve the counties and cities for many years into the future. In this session, we will explore the transformation of migrating from Legacy 9-1-1 to NG9-1-1 for Maryland counties and cities.  Using real-world examples from other counties around the U.S., we will show the significance, impact, and benefits of migrating a 9-1-1 system to Next Generation IP-based technology.  We will answer the question of what these networks will be capable of doing both today, and well into the future, to serve the Public Safety communities around the state.

Speaker: Chris Knights, Senior Account Manager, Motorola Solutions


11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Innovation, Cost-Savings and A Green Future: Resource Recovery Through WSSC’s Piscataway Bio-Energy Project

Sponsor: Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)

Description: The Piscataway Bio-Energy Project will transform the way WSSC handles biosolids – nutrient-rich organic materials resulting from the wastewater treatment process. Located at the Piscataway Water Resource Recovery Facility, this is the largest, most technically advanced project ever constructed by WSSC and will employ innovative technologies to recover resources and produce green energy. The project will demonstrate significant cost savings over the long term by reducing power consumption from fossil fuels and reducing disposal costs and will become WSSC’s showcase for achieving optimal value by investing in a green future. Learn more about this project and what it could mean for Maryland’s counties!

Speakers: Joe Mantua, Deputy General Manager for Operations, WSSC


12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

The Benefits of a Multi-Disciplinary Wellness Model

Sponsor: Aetna

Description: Aetna’s Multi-Disciplinary Wellness Model utilizes 360° approach to wellness emphasizing the importance of clinical coordination, population health and risk management to benefit members and employers. Find out how you can implement these tools in your community to create a healthier and happier county!

Speaker: Cassandra Toscano, Executive Director of Joint Venture Clinical Transformation, Aetna


1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

County Elected Officials: Health Leaders of the Future?

Sponsors: Kaiser Permanente

Description: Join Kaiser Permanente for this session to learn more about how the nation’s health care leader is pairing medical excellence with preventative population health strategies to earn our reputation as a trusted partner in making KP communities the healthiest in the nation. Using case studies and examples of mature and emerging efforts, this session will focus on how alliance building, cross-sector leadership, and data-driven strategies coupled with an adaptive mindset, authentic community engagement, passion, deep knowledge, and long-term commitment are being used to catalyze collective impact to achieve sustainable economic, social, and health improvements across the state of Maryland.

Speakers: Wayne Wilson, Vice President of Government Programs and External Relations, Kaiser Permanente
Celeste James, Executive Director, Community Health, Kaiser Permanente
Destiny-Simone Ramjohn, Ph.D., Director, Community Health, Kaiser Permanente


3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Superconducting Maglev: Transforming the Region

Sponsors: The NorthEast Maglev

Description: Northeast Maglev is a US private company committed to the deployment of a superconducting magnetic levitation train (SCMAGLEV) to run from Washington DC to New York City in One Hour.  The SCMAGLEV is the fastest train in the world, offering the most technologically advanced, environmentally friendly, reliable, and efficient high-speed rail system. To learn more about this exciting project – and its first phase from Washington DC to Baltimore, we at Northeast Maglev invite you to attend this session.
 Programs and External Relations, Kaiser Permanente

Speakers: David Henley, Project Director, The NorthEast Maglev



10:00 am – 10:30 am

Total Population Health: Models Vary and So Do Results

Sponsors: CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Description: Join CareFirst to hear how they use a mix of products and innovative programs to manage total population health for more than 3 million members.  Learn how their integrated model translates into better member health and reduced overall costs. The reality is that 10% of healthcare members incur about 60% of all medical costs. CareFirst will share insights into how their Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and Total Care and Cost Improvement (TCCI) programs promote higher quality and better coordinated care for patients with chronic, serious and costly health problems.

Speakers: Jean Sewell, CPA, MBA, Account Executive of Large Group Sales, CareFirst
Tom Munns, Director of State & Municipalities, CareFirst


10:45 am – 11:15 am

Planning for Healthcare, Including Long Term Care, in Retirement?

Sponsors: Nationwide Retirement Solutions

Description: Planning for health care in retirement is complex and can be confusing. The experts from Nationwide Retirement Solutions will break down and simplify the complexities of Medicare and Long Term Care and walk you through their retirement health care cost calculator.

Speakers: Carlo Cordasco, Vice President, Nationwide Retirement Solutions


11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Natural Gas = Economic Development

Sponsors: Chesapeake Utilities

Description: Chesapeake Utilities has installed natural gas distribution mains and witnessed the economic development that followed. This presentation will outline the steps needed to bring natural gas to a community, a case study of a current success story, and how partnering with government, communities & developers can bring beneficial, planned, economic development to our state.

Speakers: Dean E. Holden, P.E., Manager of Business Development, Chesapeake Utilities


12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

Opportunities in Maryland’s Opportunity Zones

Sponsors: Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)

Description: Opportunity Zones are a new federal tax incentive designed to drive long-term private investment to distressed communities in Maryland. These initiatives, spread across 149 areas in Maryland, attract and pool capital to energize under-served communities and support investments in businesses and real estate within the Opportunity Zones. This session focuses on where we are, what’s to come, and how to get started.

Speakers: Michael White, Chief of Staff, DHCD


4:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Google Cloud Platform Utilities – Water and Wastewater

Sponsors: Google Cloud

Description: “Join Google Cloud and AEEC to learn about Google’s powerful and user-friendly cloud offerings as we discuss:

  • Water/wastewater industry pain points and business cases for data visualization, maintenance predictions, and data analytics
  • Processes for enabling cloud storage and analysis of data from remote sensors and other internal and external sources – overcoming data silos to enable analytic insights
  • Using Google Cloud Platform tools to develop a data analytics dashboard for monitoring and analyzing operations, complying with regulatory reporting standards, improving employee health and safety, connecting utility customers with their data, and more
  • Models for collaboration between industry, data analytics experts, and Google Cloud Platform – developing user-friendly, customer-specific solutions

Speakers: Cory Hixenbaugh, AEEC
Noah Zeidman, AEEC



10:30 am – 11:00 am

Leveraging Water & Sewer to Address Roads, Schools, and Pensions Obligations 

Sponsors: Alexander & Cleaver

Description: The Maryland legislature enacted bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Senator Kathy Klausmeier (D-Baltimore County) and Delegate Warren Miller (R-Howard/Carroll Counties), which establishes a process for the sale and acquisition of local government water and sewer disposal assets. Learn about how this legislation can facilitate the leveraging of your water/sewer systems for other community investment. Other local governments throughout the Mid-Atlantic have benefited by partnering with private water utilities, which has enabled increased investment in roads and schools, as well as to meet pension obligations and other local needs. Learn about Cecil County’s experience and hear from Maryland-American Water about innovative opportunities for local governments.

Speakers: Issac Meyer, Government Relations Consultant, Alexander & Cleaver

Cecil County Official
Jordan Mersky, Vice President of Business Development, American Water
Barry Suits, VP of Illinois Operations, American Water

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