Dept of Planning Announces 2022 Maryland Sustainable Growth Awards

The Maryland Department of Planning recently released the recipients of the 2022 Maryland Sustainable Growth Awards.  Last week the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) presented Maryland Sustainable Growth awards for leadership and community planning at its 10th annual awards ceremony. The awards recognize individuals, organizations, and programs that exemplify well-planned economic and community development initiatives throughout the state. The eight winners and six honorable mention awards are for individuals and organizations that demonstrate their commitment…

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Learn About ‘The Power of Planning’ at #MACoCon

On Thursday morning of MACo’s Winter Conference, be sure to attend our panel on planning and zoning.   Planning and zoning policy is one of the primary tools of county governments. It can be used to shape the very look, smell, and feel of our communities and can be the driver or denier of development. Because of this importance, planning and zoning policy can also be hugely controversial. Look no further than the recent housing crisis…

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Maryland Surpasses 2020 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Goal

MDE recently released a report detailing that Maryland is on track to meet its 2030 GHG targets and has exceed its statewide reduction goal for 2020. Last month, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) submitted the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions in Maryland: A Progress Report to Governor Hogan and the legislature. The report highlights progress made since MDE published the 2030 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act (GGRA) Plan. In this report, findings show that Maryland…

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MEA Makes Nearly $3M Available for Microgrids and Resiliency

The MEA announced $2.7 million in funding for the development and construction of microgrids, resilient facility power systems (RFPSs), and resiliency hubs. The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) recently announced that the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) Resilient Maryland Program is now accepting applications. This comprehensive program provides preconstruction analysis and capital installation funds for the development and construction of microgrids, resilient facility power systems (RFPSs), and resiliency hubs. It enables reliable, sustainable, and affordable energy to Maryland…

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NACo Names Charles Commissioner President Collins to Housing Task Force

NACo recently appointed MACo board member and Charles County Commissioner President Reuben Collins to the NACo Housing Task Force.  Last week the National Association of Counties (NACo) named MACo board member and Charles County Commissioner President Reuben Collins as Maryland's representative on NACo's Housing Task Force. The Task Force brings together county government officials from across the nation to illuminate the most critical housing challenges and opportunities from the county government perspective. Through the task…

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MD Congressional Leaders Push for Chesapeake National Recreation Area

Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman John Sarbanes lead the push to establish a Chesapeake National Recreation Area. Earlier this week, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman John Sarbanes (both D-Md.) were joined by state and local officials to release draft legislation to create a unified Chesapeake National Recreation Area (CNRA). The lawmakers’ proposal would unite a series of National Park Service (NPS) owned and operated park areas and visitor centers, as well as…

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Dept of Energy Releases Guide on Solar Resources for Counties

Earlier this month, the USDOE released a guide to department solar resources for both local governments and consumers. Earlier this month, the US Department of Energy released a guide outlining solar resources for both local governments and consumers. The guide is easy to follow and breaks down everything from federal financing programs to programs that offer more technical assistance. Nationally, solar energy is the fastest-growing and most affordable source of new electricity. County governments should…

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USDOT Releases Strong Grant Application Checklist for Counties

Earlier this month, USDOT released a checklist aimed at helping local governments submit better, stronger transportation grant applications.  Earlier this month the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) released a grant application checklist for a strong transportation workforce and labor plan. The checklist is part of an effort by USDOT to help local governments submit better and strong federal grant applications and ensure that projects create good-paying jobs for communities.  According to USDOT, there are three…

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Southern Maryland General Election Round-Up

Check out this breakdown of county commissioner elections in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's Counties.  Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's Counties compose the heart of Southern Maryland. Below is a breakdown of election results for each jurisdiction's board of commissioners.   Calvert County Calvert County will see two incumbents and three newcomers when the board reorganizes. All five seats will be held by Republicans. Commissioners at Large - Hance and Ireland Win Calvert County has…

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Four Fresh Faces Coming to Carroll County Board of Commissioners

After several members of the Board of Commissioners did not seek re-election, four of five seats will have new members. Commissioner Ed Rothstein (District 5) is the only incumbent to have sought re-election and he had no Democratic challenger. He will be the only returning person on the incoming Board of Commissioners. New Commissioners District 1 - Joe Vigliotti  In District 1, Joe Vigliotti won the Republican primary and had no Democratic challenger. He officially…

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