Baltimore Orioles Launch Educational Websites to Help Kids Learn at Home

With Maryland school closures extended until at least April 24, thousands of students have been required to stay home and utilize online learning tools. In an effort to make learning more fun, the Baltimore Orioles have launched two new websites to help young fans learn math, vocabulary, and more. From Baltimore Fishbowl: The Summer Slugger program is actually part of a campaign that is returning early this year as children take part in educational activities…

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Governor Hogan Closes Non-Essential Businesses – What’s Deemed Essential?

During a press conference Monday morning, Governor Larry Hogan called for all non-essential businesses to close by 5:00 pm. The term "non-essential" left many people wondering - what businesses are considered an essential service? To clear up the confusion, the Governor's Office has released an infographic detailing what businesses are considered essential. For further clarification, the Governor's Office also released an Interpretive Guidance Document, that includes a detailed list of businesses that can remain open…

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MACo Compiles List of Local Resources During COVID-19 Response

Looking for information and resources during the COVID-19 Response? MACo has pulled together a resource page - with everything from resource sites for each county, to information on the Open Meetings Act, to podcasts on the pandemic. We're committed to providing as many resources as possible to help you navigate these unfamiliar times. Visit Our COVID-19 Resource Page Conduit Street Coverage of the Coronavirus Special thanks to Maryland Municipal League, and the dedicated communications staff…

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PBS to Air Coronvirus NewsHour Special Tonight at 8 p.m.

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) will air "Confronting Coronavirus: A PBS NewsHour Special" on PBS stations across the country, tonight at 8 p.m. E.T. PBS has been compiling questions from across the country for the virtual town hall, which can also be viewed live on their website. https://twitter.com/lornabaldwin/status/1240745092522094601 For more information, visit the PBS website.

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Stateside Associates Releases COVID-19 State Government Overview Report

Stateside Associates, a government affairs consulting firm, has released an updated report of legislative and executive actions that have taken place nationwide in the wake of COVID-19. These measures include everything from the introduction of bills regarding paid sick leave and worker protections, to the closing of schools and declarations of states of emergency, to interruption of legislative sessions across the country. The full report can be viewed by visiting Stateside's website.  

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Counties Share: Community Resources During Coronavirus Shutdown

With news surrounding the coronavirus changing day-by-day, Maryland's counties are taking steps to keep residents informed. Many are sharing information daily through their social media channels, and making regular updates to their websites as new information becomes available. Keep scrolling for more information on county actions to combat the coronavirus. Allegany County https://www.facebook.com/acpsmd/posts/1349528371912400 https://www.facebook.com/acpsmd/posts/1348509892014248 Anne Arundel County https://twitter.com/AACountyGovt/status/1239236747210510337 https://twitter.com/nileshkal/status/1238798635632070656 https://twitter.com/aacpscuisine/status/1239262637713694723 Baltimore County https://twitter.com/BaltCoGov/status/1239562675090268161 https://twitter.com/BaltCoPS/status/1239193808593657856 Baltimore City https://twitter.com/mayorbcyoung/status/1239271981910044672 https://twitter.com/BaltCityHall/status/1239589770264752129 https://twitter.com/bmorechildren/status/1239607049534701571 Calvert County https://www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd/posts/10157534898471758 Caroline County https://twitter.com/CarolineCoPS/status/1239371022991863812…

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Maryland State Archives To Host Records Management 101 Courses Across the State

The Maryland State Archives and Department of General Services will host a series of Records Management 101 courses in locations across the state. Topics to be discussed include: Roles and Definitions of Records Management Retention Schedules Inventories Special Collections Transfer and Disposal Training is open to records officers or administrative staff who assist with records management. All trainings run from 9:00 am - Noon. Dates and locations are below. Friday, March 6, 2020 Washington County…

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Summer #MACoCon Sponsorship Brochure is Now Online!

The Sponsorship Brochure for our Summer Conference (August 19-22, 2020) has just been released! Opportunities are available for organizations to increase their visibility and connect with Maryland’s top decision makers! This year’s Summer Conference Theme is “2020 Vision: Today's Roadmap, Tomorrow's Reality,” and topics to be discussed include strategic planning, evolving service delivery, advancing technologies, land use challenges, and fiscal obstacles – all of which constitute the fabric of local leadership. Sponsorships must be secured…

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Kirwan Testimony: What You Need to Know to Sign Up

This blog post contains important information about the hearing for HB 1300 / SB 1000 - Blueprint for Maryland's Future – Implementation (or, “the Kirwan bill”) – please review it carefully. HEARING DETAILS Date/Time: Monday, February 17, at noon Location: Joint Hearing Room in the Legislative Services Building (building is between the State House and the House Office Building) Committees: Appropriations; Ways & Means; Education, Health & Environmental Affairs; and Budget & Taxation TESTIMONY If…

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NACo Opens Creative Counties Placemaking Challenge

The National Association of Counties (NACo) opens the application process for the Creative Counties Placemaking Challenge. The goal of the challenge is for teams to identify and strengthen ways to integrate arts into solutions to local challenges. Winning teams will be invited to attend an in-person, one-day training and peer exchange workshop on July 16, 2020 in or around Orlando, Florida, in conjunction with NACo's Annual Conference. Teams should include at least one county official,…

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