Carroll Ranked Fifth-Best County in the Nation for Protecting and Providing for Kids

The Childhood Report produced by Save the Children ranks Carroll County fifth of more than 2,600 counties based on how well they protect and provide for children. The Childhood Report is the first-ever ranking of United States counties where children are most and least prioritized based on four factors: child hunger, poor education, teenage pregnancy, and early death due to ill health, accident, murder, or suicide. Maryland ranks 10th out of the 50 states with…

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Join NACo for “Everything Zoom-Post Boom” Webinar

The National Association of Counties (NACo) will be hosting a webinar on June 25, 2020, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm all about Zoom. The NACo Tech Xchange will be hosting a webinar to talk about Zoom and NACo's 90-Day Security Plan. From NACo: Zoom Cares! Building and strengthening relationships with state and local government leadership is a critical component to Zoom’s success. On behalf of the entire Zoom team, thank you for your trust, your…

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Cecil Completes Broadband Expansion Project

Cecil County, partnered with Comcast, use grant to expand broadband service to area north of Elkton. The Upper Shore Regional Council, which funded the $48,400 grant project, serves as the regional planning and economic development agency for Cecil, Kent, and Queen Anne's counties. This new project will serve residents north of Elkton in the 0-300 block of Cat Swamp Road and 2000-2300 block of Barksdale Road. From press release: “All residents and businesses within Cecil…

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Carroll Rebound Program to Provide Grants for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

On June 22, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners announced Carroll Rebound, a program to provide grants to local businesses and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Carroll Rebound will be administered by the Carroll County Department of Economic Development and grants will be awarded up to $2,500 for sole proprietors, up to $5,000 for nonprofits, and up to $5,000 (2-10 full-time equivalent employees), and up to $8,000 (11-50 FTE employees). From the press release:…

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Maryland Board of Public Works – July 1, 2020 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works (BPW) reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have an effect on county governments. The BPW is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public. The meeting will be held in Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis. Note: In light of the COVID-19 epidemic,…

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MD Office of the Public Defender Supports Removal of School Resource Officers in Prince George’s

The Maryland Officer of the Public Defender has commented in support of a Prince George's County Board of Education resolution to end its contract with local law enforcement to place armed officers in the county's school buildings. While the Prince George's County Board of Education considered this resolution during their last meeting, the Board concluded that additional time was needed to consider the proposal and secure additional input from the community. Dr. Alvin Thornton, the…

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MDOT MVA to Reopen More Branches

Starting June 22, Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) will reopen five more branches to the public, but continue to operate as appointment only. This will push the total branches open to 22, as the other 17 branches opened June 8. Face coverings are required for all employees and customers, and social distancing markers have been installed around the offices. Still in place is Governor Larry Hogan's executive order authorizing an extension…

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June 17th Board of Public Works Meeting: What You Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) considered and approved the following requests in the meeting held on June 17, 2020. This is not a comprehensive list of all considerations and approvals during the meeting. Allegany A request from the Maryland State Library Agency (MSLA) for approval of $2,000,000 in general bond proceeds to the Allegany County Library System to renovate and expand the existing 8,720 SF LaVale Library. With the exception of a roof replacement…

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MDOT MVA to Deploy New Flagging Portal

The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s (MDOT MVA) new flagging portal will enable jurisdictions to manage all flag-related activity online through a streamlined and secure platform. MDOT MVA will deploy its Customer Connect comprehensive IT systems upgrade project on July 6, with a substantial portion of the upgrade dedicated to improving the interfaces and processes used by their external partners, including government jurisdictions with flagging authority, and county treasurer offices performing MDOT MVA…

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Charles Launches GIS-Enabled Website for Local Business Operating Status

The Charles County Economic Development Department and the Charles County Chamber of Commerce last week launched a new GIS-enabled website to inform customers about local businesses' operating status. Residents can search by business type, location, and other relevant criteria. A map is also available to show the business locations with their services, hours, websites, and other additional information. Charles County-based businesses are encouraged to add their business by clicking “Add a Business” at the top right…

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