Cybersecurity & IT Issues

With the 2021 Legislative Session rapidly approaching, MACo is profiling some major issues that stand to gather attention in the General Assembly's work. Here, we preview potential actions surrounding Cybersecurity & IT.  Globally cyber attacks are on the rise. This month, the Maryland Department of Health fell victim to a cyberattack from which they are still recovering. In recent years both Baltimore County Public School and Baltimore City were targeted by criminals, causing significant disruption…

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Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

With the 2022 Legislative Session rapidly approaching, MACo is profiling some major issues that stand to gather attention in the General Assembly's work. Here, we preview potential actions surrounding climate change.  Maryland is no stranger to the impacts of our ever-shifting climate. From sea-level rise, increasing average temperatures, more extreme weather, and the pandemic, Marylanders are already feeling the sting of climate change. In 2022, Maryland's leaders are looking to mitigation and adaptation measures to…

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Cornell Univ. Awards $5K to Two Non-Profits on Eastern Shore

Cornell University's Lab of Ornithology (Cornell Lab) recently awarded a $5,000 grant to develop a six-part bird conservation series to be held in 2022.  Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) and the Lower Shore Land Trust (LSLT) recently received $5000 funding in funding for a collaborative six-part bird conservation series to be held in 2022. The funds were awarded through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Cornell Lab)’s Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative Small Grant Program. The…

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Covid Surge Highlights Need for EMS Reform

As hospital capacity shrinks and cases surge, the need to update Maryland's outdated and inefficient EMS system is becoming more urgent. Since being discovered in November, the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has drastically changed the situation on the ground. Hospitals are now nearing capacity, and just yesterday, the state reported the most significant single-day rise in Covid cases. https://twitter.com/marylandmatters/status/1473465762614595593 In a move to combat this recent wave, Governor Hogan tapped into $100 million in emergency…

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MACo Welcomes Nicole Harlock as our 2022 Graduate Fellow

MACo is pleased to announce that Nicole Harlock from the University of Baltimore will be joining the team for the 2022 session as our Graduate Fellow.  Every year MACo makes a call for Maryland's best and brightest students to join the team during the General Assembly's legislative session. This year, we welcome Nicole Harlock from the University of Baltimore as our 2022 Graduate Fellow. "Nicole brings a level of both professional and academic achievement that…

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St. Marys Signs MOU for Regional Ag. Center Construction

St. Mary's recently signed an MOU with Southern Maryland Agriculture Development Commission to authorize construction of a Regional Agricultural Center.   Last week the Commissioners of St. Mary's County signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Southern Maryland Agriculture Development Commission (SMADC) to authorize funding for the construction of the Regional Agricultural Center (RAC) in St. Mary's County. Under the MOU, the county will provide $4.7mil toward the project, and SMADC will contribute…

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MD Dept of Health Slowly Recovering From Attack

Maryland's Department of Health said it is slowly recovering from the Dec. 4 attack, using workarounds to accomplish impacted department functions.  Yesterday the Maryland Department of Health (DoH) provided updates on the recovery effort from the Dec. 4 cyberattack and additional information on the status of Covid-19 over the past two weeks. State officials said they are working around the clock to restore the impacted systems. Workarounds are now accomplishing those state functions affected by…

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State Approved Offshore Wind Expansion

PSC approves ORECs for US Wind Inc. and Ørsted Offshore North America, enabling expansion of turbine manufacturing in the state.  Last week, Maryland's Public Service Commission (PSC) approved additional Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits (ORECs) for US Wind Inc. and Ørsted Offshore North America. With the approval of the additional ORECs, both firms can now move forward with expanding their offshore projects and turbine manufacturing in the state. According to the Washington Business Journal:  “The…

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Montgomery Introduces Bus Lanes at Germantown Transit Center

Montgomery County recently introduced modernized dedicated bus lanes at their Germantown Transit Center.  County Executive Marc Elrich and County Councilmember Craig Rice recently introduced new dedicated bus lanes at the Germantown Transit Center. The lanes, which have been painted red and are located on Crystal Rock Drive, Century Boulevard, and Aircraft Drive, allow buses to easily access the transit center. https://twitter.com/MoCoCouncilMD/status/1471132520179765249 According to the press release: “It is important for our environment, economic, and equity efforts that we consistently improve our bus service,”…

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Baltimore City Announces Climate & Environmental Health Plan

Baltimore City government, in coordination with the South Baltimore Gateway Partnership, recently announced a plan for Climate Resiliency and Environmental Health Projects. https://twitter.com/SBGPartnership/status/1470438427229409287 Last week Baltimore Cit's Board of Estimates approved $5.1 million in funds toward creating new "constructed wetlands" within the Middle Branch of the Patapsco. The project will be administered by the South Baltimore Gateway Partnership (SBGP) in partnership with the City government. According to the press release: “Today’s funding announcement is a…

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