MACo’s County Administrators Affiliate met this week for their annual conference in beautiful Queen Anne’s County.
This two-day conference is hosted in a different county each year, and features a tour of county projects and sites, followed by a day of meetings on administrative topics. The Queen Anne’s County tour started with Everside Health Center – a facility providing affordable advanced primary care to County and Board of Education employees, serving to fill a gap in access to care while also being a recruitment and retention tool.
The group also toured the County’s newly opened YMCA and Active Aging Center, which also includes a financial literacy training program and is an innovative model for combining community services. Another stop on the tour included the historic courthouse, the home of the County’s back-up Next Gen 9-1-1 Center. While there, attendees also heard about the Church Hill pre-release unit and the future site of the regional detention center, a multi-county project.
Lunch was sponsored by JP Morgan, with a discussion around financial services and support available to county governments. The tour continued with stops at the Kent Island Library Expansion, featuring the County’s Makerspace and training program initiatives, then on to Tech Ops Specialty Vehicles, for an example of the unique businesses housed in Queen Anne’s County.
Educational sessions on Day 2 centered around Blueprint funding, firefighter recruitment and retention, and strategic planning for county administrative leaders.