Discuss 5G, Infrastructure, the Cloud, Retirement, and MORE With Industry Leaders in #MACoCon’s Solutions Showcase

MACo’s Summer Conference on August 14-17 will draw 3,000+ participants – the main educational program has been announced, but we’re also offering an additional series of presentations to help you find solutions for common governance challenges!

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A packed room of attendees enjoys a Solutions Showcase Session at MACo’s Summer Conference

MACo’s “Winds of Change” Summer Conference will feature sessions on how government services are evolving and what we all need to do to stay on the cutting edge of efficient, cost-effective, and meaningful service delivery for Maryland’s residents. The Solutions Showcase – a series of 30-minute workshops hosted by industry leaders – will give attendees a chance to hear more about possible opportunities and partnerships with organizations invested in making a difference in Maryland.

Session details are listed below – all sessions are located at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD and are in Room 210 (the American Fidelity Attendee Lounge) unless otherwise noted.

Register today to attend MACo’s Summer Conference!

2020 Census: Get Trained to Get Your County Counted

Hosted by MD Census, Maryland Dept of Planning

Wednesday, August 14, 2019  |  11:00 am-11:30 am

The stakes are high for the 2020 census – every uncounted Marylander costs $18,210 over the ten-year federal budget cycle. These funds support critical, life-saving programs throughout Maryland’s counties, including Medicaid, CHIP, SNAP and Head Start. Be trained on how to create a Complete Count Committee (CCC) and how to train local organizations to set up their own CCC. Every jurisdiction should prioritize a full and accurate count for the 2020 census.

The Skipjack Wind Farm – Change Is In The Air

Hosted by Skipjack Windfarm

Wednesday, August 14, 2019  |  12:15 pm-12:45 pm

The Skipjack Wind Farm is one of two approved offshore wind farms off the coast of Delmarva. Based nearly 19 miles off the coast of the Maryland and Delaware border, the Skipjack Wind Farm will provide clean energy to roughly 35,000 homes on the Eastern Shore and will establish Maryland as a regional hub for offshore wind and clean energy incentives. This means big gains for Maryland – not just in clean, renewable energy, but in boosting job creation and our state economy. Join this session to learn more about this clean energy source, how it became an option for Maryland, and what it means for our state…and your county.

Securing the Mobile Workforce in a Mobile World

Hosted by Check Point Software Technologies

Wednesday, August 14, 2019  |  12:15 pm-12:45 pm  | ROOM 209

Check Point will walk you through some of the user borne risks to your data, how the hackers are using that data as well as how to solve the issue. Included will be information about some of the latest high tech attacks like Agent Smith and hacks of instant messaging solutions. Join this session to learn and get secure!

Healthworx: Innovation and Partnerships at CareFirst

Hosted by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Wednesday, August 14, 2019  |  1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Healthworx, the corporate venture and corporate development arm of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is building a portfolio of investments and strategic partnerships that both address the needs of CareFirst and its members today and that have the potential to make a substantial impact in healthcare in three to five years. Through alignment with innovative providers like LifeBridge Health, CareFirst is supporting initiatives that have the highest potential to impact patient care. Join this session to learn more about how Healthworx is implementing a strategy for innovation and hear some examples of ongoing Healthworx projects, including working with social determinants of health.

Beneath the Surface – How GPR Can Help Analyze Your Infrastructure

Hosted by Maryland Environmental Service

Wednesday, August 14, 2019  |  2:45 pm-3:15 pm

Ground penetrating radar (GPR) is an emerging technology that can positively impact the budgets of local jurisdictions through applications such as collecting bridge and roadway data, detecting possible sewer line intrusions, pinpointing water main breaks, and more. All of these potential uses help localities identify and respond to critical situations and plan their budgets accordingly. Join this session to learn how using GPR can help your county analyze infrastructure better, faster, and with an eye on your budget.

Why 5G is Crucial for the Smart Government of Tomorrow

Hosted by Verizon

Wednesday, August 14, 2019  |  3:30 pm-4:00 pm

5G is poised to have a massive impact on how we live, work, learn, and play. But the potential of 5G doesn’t stop at the front door of our homes, schools or workplaces. The blazing speeds and low network latencies brought by 5G can enhance the functionality of local governments. Whether it’s helping fight traffic congestion, improving the ways local governments monitor and manage vital services, or enabling autonomous mobility, 5G will become an ever more critical tool in the local government arsenal. Pairing Verizon’s industry-leading network with ever-smarter data analytics tools and computing speed, communities will be empowered to drive efficiencies, spur economic growth and, most importantly, improve quality of life for their residents.

Big Data, Big Solutions: Transform Your Data Into Insights with Google Cloud

Hosted by Google Cloud

Wednesday, August 14, 2019  |  4:15 pm-4:45 pm

With the help of Google Cloud’s innovative tools and applications, government leaders can respond quickly in emergency situations, improve public safety, and give community members access to critical information. Join Google and Carahsoft to learn more about the endless possibilities with Google Cloud solutions – including how your county can get insights about everything from securing county-wide networks to understanding traffic patterns with intelligent analytics. Google draws from deep expertise of managing big data with twenty years of experience and billions of users solving some of local government agencies’ toughest data problems.

The Modern Next Generation 311

Hosted by Telaforce

Thursday, August 15, 2019  |  8:15 AM-8:45 AM

Discover how the latest technology can substantially transform how you serve your citizens with our modern next generation 311 solution. Telaforce’s dynamic cloud based platform with natural language portals, optimized mobile experiences, easy integration with legacy systems, and intelligent knowledge base will provide your county with the state of the art solution and user experience.

Strategies to Reduce Your Retiree Health Liabilities

Hosted by Aetna

Thursday, August 15, 2019  |  10:00 AM-10:30 AM

Recent changes in accounting standards have increased the OPEB liability of local government health plans. Aetna is a leader in helping local governments reduce their short-term costs and long-term retiree healthcare liabilities. Join us to discuss how we can help your county better manage its retiree costs.

Next Generation 9-1-1 Core Services – What Are the Latest Developments and What Does This Mean for Maryland?

Hosted by Motorola Solutions

Thursday, August 15, 2019  |  10:45 AM-11:15 AM

The Winds of Change are bringing amazing progress with Next Generation 9-1-1 in Maryland. Join Motorola Solutions to explore Next Generation Core Services (NGCS) updates and trends throughout our state. Explore the value of leveraging NGCS technology and the VESTA 9-1-1 Call Handling solution and learn more about its positive impact on public safety answering points (PSAPs) as a paired offering. In addition, we will explore NG911 industry trends and the impact on Maryland public safety agencies.

Affordability and WSSC: Supporting Our Neighbors

Hosted by Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)

Thursday, August 15, 2019  |  11:30 AM-Noon

As critical discussions about housing affordability grow throughout the state, water utilities are designing programs to help promote equity and access. Customer affordability is a social justice issue that connects to the broader role of public service. Learn about the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s (WSSC) world-class affordability programming, and the balance between social responsibility and the fiscal interests of both the utility and the customer.

Using Innovative Partnerships to Save the Bay: WGL Energy and Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Hosted by WGL Energy

Thursday, August 15, 2019  |  12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

Since 2010, WGL Energy has partnered with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to improve air and water quality in the D.C., Maryland, Virginia area. By investing a portion of our carbon offset purchases, as well as participating in environmental restoration projects like tree and shrub plantings, we are actively helping to save the Chesapeake Bay. Learn more about how WGL Energy is using creative ways to monetize Carbon Offsets and deliver market-based pathways to fund the restoration of the Bay.

The State of Health in Maryland

Hosted by UnitedHealthcare

Thursday, August 15, 2019  |  1:00 PM-1:30 PM

Maryland is not Texas. It’s not Michigan. It’s not California. Maryland is…MARYLAND! That’s why you need information specific to your state and your county to improve the wellness and healthcare decisions of your members. UnitedHealthcare has partnered with community health resources to present a detailed snapshot of the overall health of Maryland residents. Our wealth of analytics will highlight the prevalence of chronic diseases, unique utilization patterns, and the powerful impact of social determinants of health within your communities. We’ll discuss ways to change your members’ healthcare decisions and increase wellness throughout the state. Let’s focus on Maryland together.

Comcast Business  – Moving “Beyond Fast”

Hosted by Comcast

Thursday, August 15, 2019  |  3:00 pm-3:30 pm

As government agencies and departments strive to increase economic development and cultivate local business, high-performance network connectivity is key to enhancing the delivery of citizen services…and managing costs. Comcast Business can help with an advanced, far-reaching network and broad services portfolio. Learn how Comcast Business can help the important work of government, work more efficiently.

Switch on the Savings

Hosted by Pepco and Delmarva Power’s Energy Savings for Business Program

Friday, August 16, 2019  |  10:00 AM-10:30 AM

Did you know that lighting accounts for 30% of a typical office building’s total operating costs? Pepco and Delmarva Power’s Energy Savings for Business Program can help your organization stretch its dollar and increase its bottom line by reducing electrical consumption and energy bills, one lightbulb at a time. This session covers program benefits, eligibility, energy savings tips and how to get instant lighting discounts through our network of distributors. Join us to learn more about the ways Pepco and Delmarva Power’s Energy Savings for Business Program can help local government customers save energy and money, and become an efficient community.

Tools to Help You Prepare For and Live in Retirement

Hosted by Nationwide Retirement Solutions

Friday, August 16, 2019  |  10:45 AM-11:15 AM

Explore how the Nationwide Retirement Solutions “Interactive Retirement Planner” can make sure you’re on the right path and what actions are needed today to ensure a financially secure future.

American Fidelity: Introduction to MACo Endorsed Member Services

Hosted by American Fidelity

Friday, August 16, 2019  |  11:30 AM-noon

One of the primary keys to attracting top talent and maximizing retention and current workforce engagement is through a competitive and clearly communicated benefit package. As the newest MACo endorsed program focused on benefits communication and administrative solutions, come see how over 20% of Maryland counties are already taking advantage by eliminating administrative costs, streamlining services, as well as providing a more strategic approach to employee education and engagement.

Rural Broadband: What We’ve Done and Where We’re Going

Hosted by Maryland Dept of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)

Friday, August 16, 2019  |  12:15 PM-12:45 PM

The Governor’s Office of Rural Broadband will present on what has been accomplished so far in Maryland to expand high-speed internet access across the state. County officials will learn about funding opportunities and what the future holds for rural broadband in the state.

Maglev & Maryland: Innovation, Opportunity, and Green Transportation

Saturday, August 17, 2019  |  10:30 am – 11:00 am

Maryland has a long history of being the first in the nation – the pioneering stimulus. The superconducting maglev project provides an opportunity for Maryland to once again lead the nation in transportation innovation. Bringing thousands of jobs and economic opportunities, and replacing millions of automobile trips, the superconducting maglev is poised to, once again, make Maryland a leader.  A leader in green transportation.

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