Charting the Course – County Leaders To Start Off the New Term with MACo Winter Conference

MACo’s Summer Conference has just ended, but it’s never too soon to start looking ahead to the next great MACo event: Winter Conference will be January 2-4, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort in Cambridge, MD – “Charting the Course.”

MACO-WINTERCONFERENCE-2017-DAY1-OHI157MACo’s Conference Planning Committee and Board of Directors are proud to announce the theme for the Winter Conference: “Charting the Course.”

The Winter Conference is normally held in December. However, every fourth year – following an election – MACo’s Winter Conference moves to January to give newly elected officials the opportunity to attend. Since the legislative session starts on the second Wednesday in January, the Winter Conference will be held on the first week (indeed, the first few days) of 2019.

“Charting the Course” will help set the direction for the new four-year term. Important to that goal will be a focus on county government fundamentals, building relationships with newly elected officials at the county, state, and legislative levels, and strategic planning for coming years. There will be workshops and panels for veteran officials as well, diving deeper into issues likely to be “hot” during the legislative session: 5G, small cells, opioids, etc.

The highlight of this Winter Conference will be MACo’s highly acclaimed “Newly Elected Officials Orientation.” This one-day intensive workshop for new county officials covers the basics – budgeting, open meetings, the Public Information Act – but also more abstract topics: the county official’s role in the legislature, building consensus, working within a governing body as a team. Seasoned officials will serve as mentors in a roundtable discussion allowing new members the chance to ask questions and learn from their experiences and insight.

With this being the first MACo conference of a term, we are expecting very high attendance: 600+ attendees and 70 exhibits.

Registration will be open soon, but for now – save the date!

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