Where Do Rurals Fit into All of This? Find Out at #MACOCon

On Thursday afternoon of MACo’s Winter Conference, be sure to attend our panel on rural counties and Maryland’s larger political landscape. 

Rural counties play a unique both within MACo and within Maryland at large. While most of the population is centered around eight central jurisdictions, sixteen outlining counties account for a large portion of the state’s landmass and represent several of the state’s key industries. The positioning of Maryland’s rural jurisdictions in the broader political universe is unique and, when used effectively, can help get more resources for residents in those jurisdictions.

Topic: Where do Rurals fit into all of this?  

Description: Rural counties have a unique role both with MACo and with Maryland broadly. While by their nature rural counties do contain the major population centers of the state, they are home to critical industries, much of the areas prone to future development, and many of the central cultural aspects of what it means to be a Marylander. Speakers will discuss the unique positioning of rural counties, both within MACo and the larger political universe. 

Date/Time: Thursday, January 5, 2023; 11:45 am – 12:45 pm 


  • Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq., Commissioner President, Charles County 
  • Charlotte Davis, Executive Director, Rural Maryland Council 

Moderator/Speaker: The Honorable Jack Wilson, Commissioner, Queen Anne’s County

MACo’s Winter Conference, “Hit the Ground Running,” will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, MD from January 4-6, 2023 (with a pre-conference orientation for new county officials on January 3).

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