The Rural Counties Coalition, a MACo Chapter Organization, held its traditional breakfast meeting at the 2018 MACo Summer Conference on August 16, 2018. The Coalition heard updates on rural broadband, small cell, and land use issues and considered how to approach new leadership and members of the Maryland General Assembly.
Maryland Rural Council Executive Director Charlotte Davis provided an update on rural broadband efforts. MACo Legal and Policy Counsel Les Knapp provided updates on: (1) small cell legislation; (2) Smart Growth initiatives; (3) Forest Conservation Act legislation; and (4) the recent leadership changes to the General Assembly.
Calvert County Commissioner Evan Slaughehnhoupt chaired the meeting. It was the final Coalition meeting for Slaughenhoupt, who is not running for County Commissioner again.