Join NACo for a Town Hall – COVID-19 Delta Variant

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) and CVS for a COVID-19 Delta Variant Town Hall on Tuesday, September 14, 3:00 PM EST. The National Association of Counties (NACo) and CVS Health are joining forces to inform counties of the importance of COVID-19 testing and the best safety measures to protect our communities against the COVID-19 delta variant. Call Details:Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ESTDial-In:  Registration required to receive dial-in…

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NACo Virtual Meetup Series for County ARP Implementation Efforts

The National Association of Counties (NACo) will launch a new virtual meetup series for county ARP Fiscal Recovery Fund implementation efforts beginning August 10. On May 10, the U.S. Department of Treasury released an Interim Final Rule (IFR) on the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (Recovery Fund), part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The ARPA includes $65.1 billion in direct, flexible aid to every county in America and other crucial investments…

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Fun Fact: QUIZ…Maryland State Symbols

Official symbols represent the cultural heritage and natural treasures of each state. States also recognize emblems like state flags and seals, and every city or town has unique places to discover such as landmarks, historic buildings, state and local parks, and historic markers. Courtesy MD Manual Online The majority of officially recognized Maryland state symbols were created by an act of the Maryland General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor. However, two of…

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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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