NACo Now Accepting Applicants for Policy Steering Committee Membership

Want to be a part of advocacy efforts on the national level? Apply today to be considered for an appointment on a steering committee for the 2021–2022 presidential year. The nomination process for membership on the National Association of Counties (NACo) policy steering committees is underway! Access a seat at the table and add your voice and expertise on the most important issues counties face. These committees help drive NACo’s federal policy advocacy. Their recommendations…

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NACo and White House Officials, Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Every Maryland county is a member of the National Association of Counties (NACo), and all Maryland county elected officials and staff are invited to join the NACo National Membership Call. WHAT? Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for a national membership call  on the vaccine rollout with updates from the White House COVID-19 Intergovernmental Affairs Director and White House Vaccinations Coordinator Thursday, July 22, 12:00 PM EST. FEATURED SPEAKERS: Eduardo Cisneros, MPP, White House COVID-19 Intergovernmental…

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Fun Fact: Friends of Flipper Visit the Chesapeake

Courtesy UMCES Twitter Summer is in full swing, and that means there is plenty of time spent on the water for most Marylanders. This past week, dolphins have been spotted off of Kent Island (Queen Anne's County) and Annapolis (Anne Arundel County). Dr. Helen Bailey and her team at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) are studying how often dolphins come into the Chesapeake Bay, how long they spend…

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Fun Fact: Celebrating Black Women in Maryland History

The Eastern Shore was home to many notable women in Black History. Below are a few facts from Choptank River Heritage on a few legendary Black Women who have called the Eastern Shore home. Courtesy of Choptank River Heritage Lucretia Kennard Daniels was the first black female supervisor of colored schools in Caroline and Queen Anne’s Counties. Worked tirelessly to improve Black education in the early 1900s.Added Negro History to the school curriculum, initiated Homemaking…

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Fun Fact: Which County Is Really ‘Going Places’ With the Longest Escalator in the Country?

The longest set of single-span escalators in the country, and in the entire Western Hemisphere, is located at Wheaton Metro Station in Montgomery County. Wheaton is a stop on the Washington Metro Red Line — a primary line through downtown Washington, D.C. — and is the oldest, busiest and currently longest line in the system. Service at Wheaton began on September 22, 1990, and it was the northeastern end of the Red Line for nearly…

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Fun Fact: Attention Lords and Ladies! Visit a 16th-Century English Village in This County.

The Maryland Renaissance Festival in Anne Arundel County is the second-largest Renaissance festival in the United States. The Maryland festival was first organized by Minnesota lawyer Jules Smith Sr. and was modeled after a Renaissance-themed Minneapolis festival that he had previously invested in. After the Minneapolis fair (now known as the Texas Renaissance Festival), relocated to Texas in the mid-1970s, Smith sold his shares and organized a similar festival in Columbia, Maryland. The festival was…

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MACo Fun Facts – We Want to Hear from You!

Each week the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) likes to post a fun fact about a county in Maryland. The facts can be about a variety of different things: how roads were named, how ponds were formed, what celebrities are from Maryland counties, historical firsts, county landmarks, and so much more. MACo wants to hear from you! Do you have a fun fact to share about your county? If so, please send it to Allison Valliant…

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Join NACo for a COVID-19 Vaccination Town Hall

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo), the National League of Cities and CVS for a COVID-19 Vaccination Town Hall on Wednesday, June 16, 4:00 PM EST. Hear the latest on the vaccine rollout, and discuss COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, the importance of continued COVID-19 testing and more. A panel of health care professionals will answer your questions about vaccinations and COVID-19. Call Details:Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pmDial-In:  Registration required to…

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NACo Counties at Work Virtual Summit – June 10-11

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) on June 10 and 11 for the Counties at Work Virtual Summit. With automation, shifting demographics and the vast impacts of COVID-19 and increased remote work opportunities, America’s counties are planning for evolving workforce and industry needs.This free, two-day online event will feature experts and effective county solutions for many workforce issues, beginning at 11:30 am, Thursday, June 10 with remarks from keynote speaker, U.S. Secretary of Labor…

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Fun Fact: Which County Houses the Nation’s First-Ever Monument in Honor of George Washington?
Washington Monument State Park
Fun Fact: Which County Houses the Nation’s First-Ever Monument in Honor of George Washington?

Courtesy MD DNR Washington Monument State Park At the top of South Mountain in Washington County, is the nation’s first-ever monument honoring George Washington. It was completed in 1827 and predates the monument on the National Mall by 21 years. The monument, and South Mountain, played a pivotal role during the Civil War when Gen. Robert E. Lee brought the fight to the north. The battle of South Mountain was one of several battles that…

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