Carroll Commissioners Recap 2019 MACo Summer Conference

The Carroll County Commissioners last week briefed constituents on their work at the 2019 MACo Summer Conference.

Commissioner Stephen Wantz, Board President said, “MACo’s summer conference is an excellent opportunity to learn from attending sessions, interact with other Maryland counterparts and have extremely productive meetings with Maryland department secretaries and staff; it is one of the best events to get our initiatives accomplished.”

According to The Baltimore Sun:

“As Dennis (Frazier) says, being commissioner is sometimes like drinking from a fire hose and MACo is like drinking from a fire hose. There’s a massive amount of sessions to learn from,” Commissioner Eric Bouchat, R-District 4, said of the conference that ran Aug. 14 through Aug. 17.

Added Richard Weaver, R-District 2: “It’s amazing what happens at MACo and the amount of ground we can cover in a three-day period.”

The commissioners met with Gov. Larry Hogan, though not all at once, according to Wantz.

“One of the things that he said is exactly what Dick Weaver said. He looked at all of us and said, you know, we get more done here at the beach in half-hour sessions than in all the meetings I go to around the state,” Wantz said.

According to a press release:

Pepper, Carroll County Public Library’s (CCPL) four-foot tall social humanoid robot, made a surprise appearance at today’s open session and provided a demonstration of its abilities. Pepper is a teaching tool to introduce the community to practical applications for robots and artificial intelligence and advances CCPL’s goal to connect the community to the potential of current and emerging technologies.

Pepper helped Carroll County Public Library win a best booth award at MACo. Pepper was funded by a Library Services and Technology Act Grant from the Maryland State Library and Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Hundreds of county government officials joined countless policymakers and service providers at the annual MACo Summer Conference in Worcester County. Conference attendees focused on the changes being seen at every level of government and constituent services and how counties are harnessing that momentum for the good of all Marylanders. ‘

The theme of the conference was “Winds of Change.” Covering subjects from the digital revolution of service delivery and communication to threats to public safety, topics also included economic trends, climate change, land use, millennials in the workforce, and education, among many others.

Useful Links

The Baltimore Sun: Commissioners Used MACo Conference to Push Transportation Needs, Discuss Veterans Services, Express Concern About Kirwan Commission Proposals

Carroll County Press Release: Commissioners Update on MACo Conference

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