Internship Program Best Practices for Counties

Internship and fellowship programs expand youth access to experiences, opportunities, and skill development, while providing critical labor for the employing institution. Here, we explore some best practices for counties seeking to expand internship programs. Internships and career readiness programs are increasing in importance. This is true for youth seeking experience and opportunities ahead of college or professional careers, as well as employers struggling to fill vacancies in an unusually complex labor market. K-12, an online education…

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#MACoCon Must-Attend: Reflecting Your Community – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Public Service 

Maryland's counties are geographically and demographically diverse, and it's important county officials represent all communities that they serve. At the upcoming MACo Winter Conference, attendees will explore what it means to representatively serve. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are an increasingly important lens for public service and constituent relations for all elected officials and their professional staff. At MACo’s Winter Conference, attendees will hear from multiple diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) experts and county leaders on how county officials…

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Dec 7 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 December 7, 2022: Anne Arundel County A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $100,000 grant to the Board of Directors…

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State Awards over $24M to Revitalization Projects in All 24 Counties

Maryland has awarded over $24 million to 376 local businesses to revitalize downtowns and main streets in all twenty four counties. The State has awarded 376 businesses through Project Restore a total of over $24.5 million through, including $8.8 million in property assistance grants and $15.7 million in business operations grants. Project Restore, launched in 2021, is an economic recovery initiative operated by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) that provides financial incentives for small businesses to revitalize vacant retail and commercial spaces. Through Project…

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Anne Arundel to Offer Free Tuition for Dually Enrolled High Schoolers in Community College

Anne Arundel County public high school students will now have the opportunity free dual enrollment at Anne Arundel Community College. Effective immediately, eligible Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) students who participate in the dual enrollment Early College Access Program (ECAP) at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) will no longer be charged tuition and fees. The shift supports recent changes in Maryland law through the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future (Blueprint) legislation designed to expand opportunities for…

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Board of Public Works: December 7 Meeting Agenda

The Board of Public Works — 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. It typically convenes on alternating Wednesdays in the Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis, and meetings are open to the public. The Board’s next meeting is Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at…

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Anne Arundel Schools Will Give $1K Bonuses for Staff

Anne Arundel County will provide public school system staff with $1,000 bonuses. Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark Bedell,  with the full backing of the County Board of Education,  announced that permanent AACPS employees of the school system will receive a $1,000 Employee Appreciation Bonus in January 2023. The bonus, which will be pro-rated based on an employee’s full-time equivalency, will be delivered to all permanent employees except those on…

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Blueprint Oversight Board Unanimously Approves Final Comprehensive Implementation Plan

The AIB has adopted the a final strategic plan for how local school districts should implement the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future. The Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board (AIB) is tasked with overseeing the implementation of Maryland’s major education policy reform initiative known as the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future. The AIB has published a draft of its Comprehensive Implementation Plan to guide Blueprint implementation over the 10-year implementation period and to hold State and local entities accountable…

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Interagency Commission on School Construction: Dec 8 Meeting Agenda

The Interagency Commission on School Construction (IAC) — a nine member commission that serves resource for best practices and as a statewide expert in facilities operations and management that supports Local Education Agencies — reviews and supports the implementation of capital projects relating to the repair and building of school facilities. It typically convenes once a month via videoconference. The meeting is live-streamed for the public on the IAC’s YouTube channel. The Board’s next meeting…

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Frederick to Preserve “Rustic” Roads for Future Generations

Frederick County is launching a Rustic Roads Program to ensure the County's scenic rural roadways are preserved for future generations and balance safe travel with protecting and enhancing the roadways’ unique appeal. Frederick County is working to preserve some of the region's rustic charm while balancing safety and transportation needs. The County's new Rustic Roads Program is a product of the recommendations in the final report (September 2022) of the Scenic and Rural Roads Advisory Committee, which…

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