Job Openings Declined in June. Here’s What it Could Mean.

Job openings across the country declined in June, according to newly released data. Some experts believe it's a sign that the economy is slowing. New data released on August 2 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that job openings are slowing while people leaving the workforce remains elevated.. American employers announced 10.7 millionjob openings in June, down from previous months. At the same time, the number of people who quit their jobs was…

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How Some States Are Using COVID Relief Funds to Support Child Care

New research from the National Association of School Boards of Education shows that federal COVID relief aid is being spent on compensation, mental health supports, and professional development for early childhood educators.  The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated existing challenges in early childhood education -- namely a shortage of quality, safe institutions and industry professionals. In fact, according to ChildCare Aware of America, 9% of licensed child care centers closed between December 2019 and March 2021. States around the county…

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$10 M Grant Will Expand Rural Broadband in Northwest Baltimore Co.

A $10.7 million grant from the state will support the expansion of high-speed Comcast broadband to unserved rural areas in northwest Baltimore County. On August 1, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and  Comcast Cable announced a $10.7 million grant from the state to support the expansion of high-speed broadband to unserved rural areas in northwest Baltimore County. The project is part of the Maryland Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program. The County and Comcast -- a MACo Corporate…

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Schools Across State Receive Grants for Watershed Studies

Schools and nonprofit educational programs in four different counties have received grants from the Maryland Department of Nature Resources to develop and teach watershed education. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has awarded a total of $128,000 for "student and youth outdoor science, and watershed education in the state." The grants were applied for and managed through the DNR Grants Gateway. A press release explained the goals of the grant series: Through the improved connections across similar grant…

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WalletHub: Maryland Schools Ranked Fifth Best in Nation

WalletHub has ranked Maryland as the fifth best school system in the country. WalletHub, a financial resource and media site, has published its 2022 list of best state system of public schools. Maryland ranked 5th of 51 entries in the latest rankings. About its ranking and methodology, WalletHub noted: Unlike other research that focuses primarily on academic outcomes or school finance, WalletHub's analysis takes a more comprehensive approach. It accounts for performance, funding, safety, class…

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July 27 Board of Public Works Meeting: Here’s What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) — a three-member panel including Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Dereck Davis — reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies, many of which affect county governments. The BPW considered and approved the following requests and recommendations at its meeting on July 6, 2022: Allegany County A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $100,000 in funding from the Community Parks and…

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Boldly Go: The New Frontier of Public Health Delivery and Transport

The lack of access to reliable transportation and healthcare infrastructure remain obstacles facing many communities throughout Maryland. In fact, these problems persist regardless of geographic location – urban or rural community, small or big.  Maryland's counties have tackled these issues head-on in creative ways, but there is still work to do and there are abundant opportunities for innovation and collaboration. Boldly Go: The New Frontier of Public Health Delivery and Transport In this MACo Summer…

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Maryland Has its First LGBTQ Affairs Commission Administrative Director

On July 26, the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives today announced the appointment of the first Administrative Director to the Maryland Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, Jeremy Browning. During the 2022 legislative session, the General Assembly passed a law to create the statewide Commission on LGBTQ Affairs. The 15 member Commission will "study and develop best practices and make policy recommendations to enhance the inclusion of LGBTQ individuals and communities statewide." It will operate under Governor’s Office…

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Here’s How School Districts are Bypassing Supply Chain Issues for School Meals

Supply chain problems and good shortages continue to plague multiple industries all over the country, including food supply and services. School meals have not been immune to issues. Here, we highlight how some school districts are creatively addressing the issue. As the COVID-19 pandemic and global economic uncertain continue to impact supply chains and goods, school districts around the country are finding themselves challenged to provide school meals. In fact, 97% of 1,368 recently surveyed…

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Makerspaces – A New Way to Capitalize on Social Infrastructure

Makerspaces, like art studios, breweries, and word-working spaces, have traditionally served as creative hubs for local communities and are increasingly serving as counterpoints for communities around Maryland. Increasingly, Maryland's makerspaces provide greater service to the communities they serve, including providing spaces for gathering and civic engagement, economic development and entrepreneurial inspiration, and central hubs for service delivery. Local governments around the state help empower and support these innovative spaces, and there is ample opportunity to…

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