Summer #MACoCon Titles Are Here – Check Out the Line-Up

MACo’s Summer Conference, “Where the Rubber Meets the Road,” is scheduled for August 16-19, 2023, in Ocean City, Maryland. More details will be available soon, but check out the titles below for a preview of the sessions we’re offering this year!

MACo’s Summer Conference brings together approximately 3,000 leaders from all levels of government and the private sector. With four days of educational sessions, along with 2 exhibit shows (over 350 vendors!), and numerous briefings, meetings, and opportunities to connect with counties, this conference is a can’t-miss event for anyone involved in Maryland’s local government interests.

The 2023 Summer Conference follows the 2022 elections, with new leaders at the county and state levels. “Where the Rubber Meets the Road” will focus on how county government delivers for Maryland’s communities. Counties are the driving force that “gets things done” at the local level. From everyday services like trash and wastewater to longer-range efforts like infrastructure maintenance and land use planning, Maryland counties are working hard to keep their communities healthy and thriving. This conference will cover the wide range of county services and the top policy issues of the day, including workforce recruitment and retention, affordable housing, community construction, and early childhood education, among others.

General Sessions:

  • Welcoming Session & Keynote Speaker: Public Sector Leadership for Changing Times
  • Adult-Use Cannabis: Taxes, Zoning, and Safety – Oh My
  • Embracing Without Spacing: Pre-K Expansion and Early Childhood Education
  • NextGen Public Service: Recruiting and Retaining Tomorrow’s Workforce
  • Town Hall Forum with U.S. Senator Cardin
  • Governor’s Closing Address

Academy Core Sessions:

  • Conducting Effective Meetings
  • Employment Issues

Tech Expo Sessions:

  • Facing the Future: What Facial Recognition Means for Public Safety
  • Not a Game: Saving Lives with Virtual Reality Emergency Training
  • The Robots Are Coming: AI Through the County Lens

Affiliate Sessions:

  • Accounting for Police Accountability: Lessons Learned So Far
  • Answering the Call: The Future of Firefighting and EMS
  • Books & Beyond: Libraries of the 21st Century
  • Bridging the Gap: Reaching Your Residents
  • Broadening Broadband – A Collaborative Approach
  • Buckle Up: Turbulent Times for County Budgets
  • Cannabis Conundrum: Adult-Use Cannabis Through a Public Health Lens
  • Detention Dilemma: Mobilizing MAT in Local Corrections Facilities
  • Disaster Dollars: What’s Next?
  • Don’t Kick the Can Down the Road: Next Steps in Recycling
  • It’s More Than Likes and Shares – Unlocking the Power of Social Media to Engage Communities
  • More Than Bricks & Mortar (Part 1): The Human Side of Infrastructure
  • More Than Bricks & Mortar (Part 2): Infrastructure & Climate Change
  • Playing the Long Game: Roadmaps for Parks & Rec Planning
  • Podcast Spotlight – No Pix After Dark with US Senator Van Hollen
  • Seeing the Forest AND the Trees: Conversations About Forest Con
  • The Future of Ag – It’s More Than Farming
  • Transformational Tourism – Turning Today’s Opportunities Into Tomorrow’s Necessities
  • Water, Waste, and Workforce – Managing Old Problems with New Solutions
  • When the Money Runs Out: Serving Communities After ARPA

Special Sessions:

  • MACo Good Government Book Club Looks To “Own The Room”
  • Smart Growth Subcabinet Meeting
  • Clean Chesapeake Coalition Meeting
  • 9-1-1 To Go – Live Demo and Discussion


  • Energy Issues: Exploring Maryland’s Future
  • Opioid Obstacles: Overcoming Evolving Consequences of the Opioid Crisis

Solutions Showcase Sessions:

  • Along the Road to Lowering or Balancing Carbon: A Perspective for Marylanders
  • Anxiety & Depression – Caring For Emotional Well-Being On and Off The Job
  • Combatting the Opioid Epidemic with Data and Analytics
  • Customer Experience (CX) in Government: Tools and Techniques to Understand How to Improve Processes and Services
  • Cybersecurity Threat Intelligence Update for Public Safety
  • Effective Administration of State and Local Digital Equity Programs
  • FirstNet and NG9-1-1: The Future of End-to-End Public Safety Communications
  • Focusing on Counties’ Everyday Challenges – Managing Risk
  • Fulfilling Electricity Needs with Clean, Carbon-Free Energy, When and Where it is Needed
  • Making Your Mark On The Community: How To Build A Legacy Through Placemaking
  • Private Sector Innovation with Public Benefits: How to Improve Mobility and Equitable Accessibility Across Each Maryland County
  • Social Security: The Choice of a Lifetime
  • Steering Workers Through Maryland Roads – Protecting Health & Managing Costs
  • Take an On-Site Energy Tour of the Roland Powell Convention Center!!
  • When Water Hits the Road: Use IoT for Safety!
  • Winds of Change: Offshore Wind and Maryland’s Clean Energy Future

Descriptions and scheduling details will be available soon!

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