Registration for NACo 2020 Legislative Conference Open

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has opened registration for their 2020 Legislative Conference. Conference dates at February 29 - March 4, in Washington, D. C. From NACo's website: The National Association of Counties Legislative Conference brings together nearly 2,000 elected and appointed county officials to focus on federal policy issues that impact counties and our residents. Attendees have the opportunity to engage in second-to-none policy sessions, interact with federal officials and participate in congressional…

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Inclement Weather Policy for MACo and Annapolis Meetings

As bad weather looms, and the legislative session is in full swing, MACo wants our members and meeting participants to have easy and timely access to information on Annapolis events. On any day with inclement weather, MACo will post information to the blog site on its policy for that day as early as possible — usually by 7:30 am. Here are a few guidelines and procedures for events: The General Assembly – Bill hearings, briefings,…

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Talbot County Accepting Nominations for Community Impact Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for Talbot County's Community Impact Awards. Organized by the Economic Development Commission, in partnership with the Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism, the Community Impact Awards recognize outstanding businesses, organizations, and individuals that have made a significant impact in Talbot County. From Talbot County's Economic Development and Tourism website: “This is an event we look forward to every year,” says Talbot County Council President Corey Pack, “Our Talbot…

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Annual Environmental Legislative Summit Happening January 29th

The 2020 Annual Environmental Legislative Summit will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Hosted by a coalition of Maryland environmental groups known as the Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE), the Environmental Legislative Summit offers an overview of environmental issues that will be brought before the General Assembly this session. Environmental advocates and leading members of the General Assembly will be present. The event is open to the…

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Annapolis Library to Be Named for Late House Speaker Mike Busch

On the opening day of Maryland's General Assembly Session, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman announced that the new library on West Street will be named after late Maryland Speaker Mike Busch. In a statement released by his office, it was revealed that the library will be named Michael E. Busch Annapolis Library. Pittman sent a letter to the chair of the Anne Arundel Public Library Board of Trustees notifying them of the decision. From…

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Rural Maryland Council Funds $6 Million in Grants

The Rural Maryland Council (RMC) recently hosted their day-long Summit, titled Rural Maryland Rising: Investing in Resiliency, Collaboration, and Innovation. The focus of this year's Summit was creating sustainable change. Leaders from across the state presented examples of their communities solutions to complex issues in agriculture, aquaculture and forestry, healthcare, community and economic development. The summit included breakout sessions, a preview of the 2020 General Assembly Session and a luncheon panel with Maryland cabinet secretaries…

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Registration Now Open for Maryland Arts Day

Registration is now open for Maryland Arts Day 2020, hosted by Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA). The event is scheduled for Thursday, February 13, 2020, at St. John's College in Annapolis, MD. Maryland Arts Day is the largest annual gathering of arts professionals in Maryland – connecting more than 500 artists, educators, volunteers, trustees and lawmakers from every legislative district in the State. Participants spend the day networking with colleagues from around the state…

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Nominations Open for 2020 Black History Month Leadership & Service Awards

The Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Black History Month Leadership & Service Awards. This program recognizes Maryland-based, African and African-American-founded organizations that provide volunteer service to improve Maryland communities for all. Selected recipients will be invited to the Black History Month Leadership & Service Awards ceremony in February. Any Maryland-based, African or African-American-founded organization or group of volunteers that has demonstrated commitment and dedication to Maryland through…

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Volunteer Maryland Partners with Rural Maryland Council for Free Info Sessions

Volunteer Maryland and the Rural Maryland Council (RMC) are partnering to offer information sessions throughout the State. Through these sessions attendees will be able to gain insight into how the agencies work and what services are available to rural-serving organizations. Lunch will be provided at all sessions by the RMC. Sessions will take place on the the following dates: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore…

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NACo Accepting Submissions for 2020 Achievement Awards

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is now accepting submissions for the 2020 County Achievement Awards. Applications can be submitted via their website. NACo's Achievement Awards Program is a non-competitive awards program that seeks to recognize innovative county government programs. Last year, NACo recognized 616 award entries from 32 states. This year they're celebrating a milestone – 50 years of County Innovations! Awards will be given to counties with innovations in the following areas: Arts,…

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