Winter #MACoCon Solutions Showcase Features Industry Leaders and Best Practices

MACo’s Winter Conference Solutions Showcase will feature innovative and effective ways to address county governance challenges. Join us to hear from industry experts and thought leaders on how your county and organization might be able to streamline, save money, and achieve your goals!

The Solutions Showcase schedule is listed below…


Answering the Call for Mental Health Response

Hosted by Motorola Solutions

Attend this session to learn how Motorola’s Smart Transcription can boost your county’s response to mental health emergencies. With this cutting edge technology, 9-1-1 calls can be monitored for the possibility of incidents related to mental health or other selected call types. Keyword indicators assist call takers to reduce time in disseminating mental health related calls and to provide the correct response based on this information. Find out how your jurisdiction can leverage these key indicators and metrics to deliver data that will help protect community members experiencing mental health emergencies.

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 4, 2023, 10:30 AM-11:00 AM


Driving Equity, Inclusion, and Better Community Outcomes through Data and Analytics

Hosted by GCOM

Did you know that 80% of your health is determined by non-medical factors, including socioeconomic status, living conditions, and social connectedness? Social determinants of health like access to quality education, economic stability, and other aspects of social equity can determine whether you’re more or less likely to suffer from a serious health condition. Understanding the impact of these factors across geographies and subpopulations is crucial to driving better health outcomes in your community. In this session, we’ll discuss how counties can leverage data and analytics to make more informed program and policy decisions, develop collaborative data equity strategies across diverse stakeholders, and reduce inequities in service access and quality.

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 4, 2023, 11:15 AM-11:45 AM


Tax-efficient retirement income

Hosted by Nationwide Retirement Solutions

The Nationwide Retirement Institute® can help plan for sustainable retirement income by offering access to planning tools and consultative support. Don’t miss this chance to become knowledgeable about how taxes impact retirement and tax-efficient harvesting strategies. With the right balance of taxable, tax-deferred, and tax-free accounts, plus a thoughtful withdrawal strategy, clients can minimize the impact of taxes in retirement. Attend this session today to learn more for yourself, your loved ones, or your employees about a tax-efficient retirement strategy.

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 4, 2023, 12:00 PM-12:30 PM


Combating Social Determinants of Health

Hosted by Aetna Better Health of Maryland

Aetna Better Health of Maryland has been working through several initiatives to combat Social Determinants of Health. Through these interventions we are able to improve the total quality of life of our member.

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 4, 2023, 12:00 PM-12:30 PM


Here Is the Answer to Effectively Tackling Local Poverty

Hosted by MCAP

Join Maryland Community Action Partnership (MCAP) in a show-and-tell of interactive, state data-based tools that reveal the answer to addressing economic stability for people in poverty. Hear the impact stories and plan of action developed by MCAP’s leadership of 19 agencies with decades of experience in addressing poverty. Get the facts and get excited to see a REAL resiliency plan for our communities. Newly released COVID Impact Dashboard and Self-Sufficiency Standard for Maryland with county-specific calculators provide fact-fueled baselines. Come for the big reveal to learn how you can be a part of it.

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 4, 2023, 12:45 PM-1:15 PM


Digital Transformation – From Challenge to Opportunity

Hosted by Verizon

Digital transformation is being driven by a global pandemic, a dispersed workforce, growing security risks, increased customer expectations, and the pace of innovation.. Employee and customer experiences are no longer confined to physical spaces or in-person encounters. Digital transformation fuels organizational growth opportunities through advanced technologies like 5G, edge computing, and artificial intelligence.

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 4, 2023, 12:45 PM-1:15 PM


Exploring Essential HR Tools and Training for Local Governments

Hosted by LGIT

Human Resources departments perform a wide variety of essential services for county governments. Hear from HR and liability experts with the Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT) about dedicated online training platforms and in-person classes to meet the training needs of county and municipal governments. Find out how your jurisdiction can receive direct HR assistance – from licensed attorneys – through an employment law hotline and LGIT’s very own HR department. From second opinions on policy issues to safe and correct employment terminations, the experts at LGIT can help! Learn about the HR-related services that LGIT has to offer and how your local government can make use of the resources available.

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 4, 2023, 1:30 PM-2:00 PM


In “Zero Trust” We Trust: Cybersecurity, Identity, and How The Heck To Pay For It All

Hosted by Okta (Z&C)

How does identity fit into your county’s “Zero Trust” cybersecurity strategy? What is “Zero Trust” and why should you care? How’s your county going to pay for all these dire cyber upgrades, anyway? Join Okta for this user-friendly overview on Zero Trust and Identity Access Management – and learn how you can get a report on potential grant funding available for cyber security projects for your county.

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 4, 2023, 2:30 PM-3:00 PM


FirstNet Connected Vehicle: Transform Communications with an End-to-End Public Safety Solution

Hosted by AT&T

FirstNet is the only wireless communications ecosystem created solely for and with input from first responders in law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, and the 9-1-1 community. With FirstNet, first responders and public safety technology solutions no longer have to share commercial networks with the public. The results can mean faster response times, greater safety for first responders, and improved overall public safety efficiency. Discover how the connected vehicle modernizes all technologies within a first responder’s vehicle. This platform provides enhanced security through interoperable communications, vehicle telematics, and location and situational awareness. Attend this session to learn more about how these capabilities can come together effectively for your agency.

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 4, 2023, 3:00 PM-3:30 PM


Making sense of the dollars: Funding source insights to address critical infrastructure for a sustainability.

Hosted by Southland

Every Maryland County is being challenged in more ways than ever before though rising energy costs, new carbon reduction goals, aging systems, dwindling O&M staff, and huge deferred maintenance budgets significantly affected by inflation.  This session will provide valuable insights on maximizing available funding sources, including Federal funds from ARP and IRA, to address failing infrastructure while addressing new carbon reduction goals in the face of rapidly rising energy costs. Come and share your challenges and goals as we offer valuable tools to creating sustainable solutions that address critical system needs

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 4, 2023, 4:15 PM-4:45 PM



What Makes a Smart City (County), Smart?

Hosted by NORESCO

Jurisdictions across the globe are investing in technologies and solutions to make their communities and governmental agencies smarter, safer, and user friendly for constituents. Learn what’s on the horizon and share your thoughts on what are key drivers.

Date/Time: Thursday, January 5, 2023, 11:45 AM-12:15 PM


Transforming Regional Transportation with Maglev

Hosted by Northeast Maglev

The superconducting magnetic levitation (SCMAGLEV) system will provide an unparalleled transportation option for the Northeast – a train propelled and guided by powerful magnets, operating at 311mph in a dedicated guideway. The SCMAGLEV will connect Washington, D.C. and Baltimore in 15 minutes, with a stop at BWI Airport, ultimately extending to NYC. This reliable, safe, and ultrafast train will divert cars and short-haul flights, improving the region’s air quality. Further, construction and operations will launch thousands of career and business opportunities. Ian Rainey, Senior VP of Northeast Maglev, will expand upon the technological, economic, and environmental aspects of the project.

Date/Time: Thursday, January 5, 2023, 12:45 PM-1:15 PM


Leveraging Public Private Partnerships (P3) to Advance Your County’s Big Ambitions

Hosted by Schneider Electric

Are you sitting on an untapped asset? It’s time to stop looking at your utility and operational spend as a sunk cost. The business case for public-private partnerships (P3) is strong – and can enable your vision for a safer, secure, and resilient County! From Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC) and Energy as a Service (EaaS) to Charging as a Service (CaaS) to fully electrify County fleets and infrastructure, emerging trends suggest more communities will use these proven alternative financing vehicles in 2023 and beyond. Get the information you need to maximize your next big ambition! Attend this session to find out how Counties across Maryland have leveraged P3s to create more efficient infrastructure, drive revenue and new growth opportunities to boost economic development, and build a more sustainable and resilient community to attract new businesses and residents.

Date/Time: Thursday, January 5, 2023, 12:45 PM-1:15 PM


Supporting Employee Mental Well-being Post-Pandemic

Hosted by Cigna

With the increased focus on mental health during the pandemic, it is important that organizations implement programs that not only address and support the mental health needs of employees, but also increase the vitality of their employee population. Come learn more about current mental health trends and resources to support the “workforce of the future.”

Date/Time: Thursday, January 5, 2023, 1:30 PM-2:00 PM


Digital Equity & the Affordable Connectivity Program

Hosted by Comcast

Comcast is proud to participate in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a federal government program that provides low-income households a credit of up to $30/month towards their Internet and/or Xfinity mobile services. Learn about partnerships to empower even more individuals in your community with the life-changing tools and resources they need to succeed in a digital world.

Date/Time: Thursday, January 5, 2023, 2:30 PM-3:00 PM


Making School and Workplace Safety & Security Priority 1

Hosted by Skyline Technology Solutions

In this session we will discuss Best Practices in Design, Implementation and Lifecycle Management of Physical Security Systems to Ensure Maximum System Reliability and Complete Alignment with our Emergency Response Plans (ERPs) with the ultimate goal of improving Safety and Security in both our schools and workplaces.

Date/Time: Thursday, January 5, 2023, 3:00 PM-3:30 PM



How to help families in your community get health coverage and access savings

Hosted by Maryland Health Connection

A community with health coverage is healthier and more protected from the unexpected. Do you know that Maryland has free and low-cost health options available for residents? This session, presented by Michele Eberle, executive director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, will offer valuable information and resources on how members of your community can access quality, affordable health coverage through the state’s official health insurance marketplace. Even residents who get coverage through employers now may get savings for their families for the first time on Maryland Health Connection.

Date/Time: Friday, January 6, 2023, 9:00 AM-9:30 AM


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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