More Than Bricks & Mortar (Part 1): The Human Side of Infrastructure

Infrastructure is more than pipes, roads, and physical features. One of the most overlooked facets of development is the human side of infrastructure. 

Infrastructure is more than just moving people, power, and products. Housing, social services, public health, public safety, education… all of these are considerations when deciding when, how, and where to develop. MACo is dedicating two sessions this year to exploring all the facets and considerations of what counties consider infrastructure.

More Than Bricks & Mortar (Part 1): The Human Side of Infrastructure  

Description: Infrastructure is often considered roads and bridges or construction and materials. But this issue has a human side that needs a bigger spotlight. Affordable housing, childcare and social offerings, and equity in mobility options are just some of the factors that need to be considered in community construction. This panel will leave behind some of the “brick and mortar” discussion and more deeply explore the “people” side of public and private infrastructure. 


  • Chris Conklin, Director of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation 
  • The Honorable Allison Pickard, Anne Arundel County Council
  • The Honorable Brandon Scott, Baltimore City Mayor 
  • The Honorable Jessica Fitzwater, Frederick County Executive

Moderator: The Honorable Benjamin Brooks, Maryland Senate

Date/Time: Friday, August 18, 2023; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 

The 2023 MACo Summer Conference will be held at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD, on August 16-19. This year’s theme is “Where the Rubber Meets the Road.” More information can be found on our conference website.

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