MACo’s Weekly County News & Notes…from Twitter

The social media site Twitter has become a fast-moving setting for news, information, and advocacy on public affairs. We welcome followers of MACo’s own twitter feed for updates from the Conduit Street blog and other MACo hot topics, and often use Twitter to reach our own audience, and to hear from others following the same issues as county leaders.

Here are some tweets that caught our eye this week:

For more news and information:

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Shop, Reuse, and Reimagine with MACo’s New Bronze Corporate Partner: Savers

MACo is proud to welcome Savers as a new Bronze Corporate Partner!

PrintFor over 60 years, the Savers family of thrift stores has been committed to supporting nonprofit partners in the communities where they operate by purchasing used goods from them to sell in their stores. With their partners, they have learned that donors expect an easy, convenient drop off with personal contact. Savers now has staffed Donation Drop Spot pods throughout Maryland. Just like at their stores, their nonprofit partners are paid for every donation made. In Maryland, their Donation Drop Spot locations support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area, the Lupus Foundation of America and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake. Because of their partners’ donation programs and their reuse efforts, Savers keeps over 650,000,000 pounds of textiles out of landfills every year.

Learn more at www.savers.com or by calling 425.786.5153.

Fun Fact: Did you know that John Denver’s song, “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” was inspired by a road in Montgomery County?

Question: Did you know that John Denver’s song, “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” was inspired by a road in Montgomery County?

It’s true! The song, “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” made popular by John Denver in the 1970s was inspired by Montgomery County’s very own Clopper Road, which back then was still a country road. Singer/songwriters Taffy Nivert and Bill Danoff (Fat City) were driving to a family reunion along Clopper Road in the fall of 1970 and to pass the time they made up a song about winding roads in the country. Denver met up with them in December after Danoff and Nivert opened for him at the Cellar Door in Georgetown and they stayed up all night re-writing and re-arranging the song. John Denver first sang the song at the Cellar Door on December 30, 1970 and received a standing ovation. He then went on to record “Take Me Home, Country Roads” on the album “Poems, Prayers & Promises” that came out the spring of 1971 — and the rest is history.

montgomerySource: Germantown Historical Society

Do you have a fun fact to share about your county? If so, please send it to Kaley Schultze to be featured in MACo’s weekly Fun Fact on Conduit Street.

Save Money With the New Maintenance, Repair, and Operating Supplies Contract from U.S. Communities

New MRO Contract Provides Comprehensive Solutions Making It Easier Than Ever to Get the Supplies You Need at Competitive Prices

2016 US CommU.S. Communities recently announced a new national cooperative contract for maintenance, repair, operating supplies, industrial supplies and related products and services. This contract was awarded to The Home Depot, HD Supply Facilities Maintenance, Applied Industrial Technologies, and SupplyWorks, A Home Depot Company through a competitive solicitation process conducted by the lead public agency, Maricopa County, Arizona. The contract term is for five years with the option to renew for five additional one year periods. To learn more about this new contract and the solutions available, view details below or register for a complimentary one-hour webinar.

This contract makes it easier to get the products and services you need under one contract while saving time and money. This multi-award provides public agencies these options when looking for MRO solutions.

The Home Depot: Access to millions of products for maintenance, repair, and operations needs and capital improvements; available the same day at one of The Home Depot’s 1,960+ store locations.

  • Simple sourcing options available. Purchase online, in-store or special order with PCI compliant process.
  • Bulk and volume pricing discounts on orders over $1,500 plus earn a potential 5% annual rebate on all Home Depot purchases.

Get Started with the Home Depot

HD Supply: Competitively-awarded MRO products and property improvement services on a single contract.

  • Discounts on over 70,000 MRO and property management products.
  • Tiered rebate based on you Agency’s annual purchases and early pay invoice discount for HD Supply credit accounts.

Get Started with HD Supply

Applied Industrial Technologies: Access to more than 6 million products from more than 4,000 trusted manufacturers.

  • Expertise- our associates’ ability to evaluate operations and suggest improved products or processes.
  • Local support and inventory- more than 550 facilities and a robust, nationwide sales force.

Get Started with Applied Industrial Technologies

SupplyWorks, A Home Depot Company: Supply a full spectrum of maintenance and hardware products.

  • Team of 700+ national and local facility maintenance experts with a reputation for integrity and dedication, ready to serve you.
  • Problem-solving expertise and smart solutions including: Stockwise Inventory Management Solutions, SupplyWorks In-Site For Education, and SupplyWorks Assessment Tool for Restrooms (SWAT).

Get Started with SupplyWorks

Webinar Dates:

Will You Be Visible & Connected at Summer #MACoCon?

Would you like to do business with Maryland’s counties, state agencies, and nonprofit and commercial organizations involved in the work of local government? BECOME A SPONSOR!

maco-sc17-sponsor-brochure-coverMACo’s Summer Conference is August 16-19, 2017. An estimated 2,000 local government officials, county staff decision-makers, legislators, and business representatives will convene at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland for an intensive 4 days of education and partnership-building.

As a sponsor of MACo’s Summer Conference, you will have the opportunity to get your company’s name, products, and services in front of the people you want to reach – decision-makers and stakeholders in local government.

In addition to other benefits listed in our 2017 Summer Conference Sponsorship Brochure, all sponsor information will be displayed on signage, online, in the printed program, and in our mobile app.

Here are several of the many sponsorship opportunities we are offering to help sponsors reach out to MACo’s Summer Conference attendees:

infused-water-bottle Infused Water Station – Provide a healthy refreshment! Our guests will be impressed that your company is the one behind this trendy conference break. MACo will provide fruit-infusing water bottles, water, and fruit for a 2-hour water station. Learn more.
 donuts Donut Break – Help us welcome guests to the Exhibit Hall on Thursday morning with a fun treat! A fun and exciting way to start off our tradeshow, you definitely want to be the one they thank for this! Exhibitors: This is a great way to encourage guests to visit your booth! Greet them at the door and tell them where they can learn more about you and your company! Learn more.
totes Giveaways like Tote Bags & Stylus Pens – Very visible, these items are given to each conference attendee! They’ll be used over and over again in counties all over Maryland after the conference! Learn more.
 crab feast Crab Feast – This is our LARGEST NETWORKING EVENT of Summer Conference – it should not be missed by those companies wishing to do business with Maryland’s local governments! Sponsorship options include the band, ice cream, cups, and beverage carts and stands. Learn more.
 email Daily Conference Email – Help our attendees know what they shouldn’t miss each day of the conference! MACo sends a daily conference email detailing hot topics and updates for each day of the conference. Sponsor’s logo, description and link will be displayed in the body of every email which gets sent to all registrants, exhibitors, speakers, and sponsors. 56% open rate = 1,400+ daily views! Learn more!

Buffet Lunches, All-Day Beverage Stations, Audio/Visual Equipment, and So Much More!

View our 2017 Summer Conference Sponsorship Brochure to see other available options, or contact Outreach Coordinator, Kaley Schultze at kschultze@mdcounties.org.

Learn more about MACo’s Summer Conference:

Questions?

Maryland Board of Public Works – February 22, 2017 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have effect on county governments. 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.

The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 10 a.m. Material for the upcoming meeting is available online:

For “frequently asked questions” about the Board’s charge and meetings, visit the Board’s website.

MACo’s Weekly County News & Notes…from Twitter

The social media site Twitter has become a fast-moving setting for news, information, and advocacy on public affairs. We welcome followers of MACo’s own twitter feed for updates from the Conduit Street blog and other MACo hot topics, and often use Twitter to reach our own audience, and to hear from others following the same issues as county leaders.

Here are some tweets that caught our eye this week:

For more news and information:

Follow MACo
Follow Executive Director Michael Sanderson
Follow NACo
See Tweets on #mdpolitics

MEA Announces Community Wind Conferences – Register Now

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) will host two community wind conferences: February 23 at Chesapeake College and March 9 at Frostburg State University.

 The Maryland Energy Administration’s (MEA) wind energy program focuses on three categories of deployments: residential, community and commercial scale projects. Through its various Windswept Grant Programs, educational outreach, and Anemometer Loan Program, MEA provides support to Maryland residents, businesses, government entities and non-profits wishing to install wind energy systems.

What you will learn: Community wind basics including, size, location, best resources, and the guidance when planning your community wind project. In addition, you will learn about community wind economics, financing mechanisms, and grant programs provided by Maryland Energy Administration’s (MEA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other sources.

For more information on the conferences and speakers, visit www.Energy.Maryland.gov and look at the Events page.

Conferences:

Fun Fact: Did You Know that Calvert County is Home to the Northernmost Natural Range of Bald Cypress Trees in America?

Question: Did you know that Calvert County is home to the northernmost natural range of bald cypress trees in America?

battle-creek-cypress-swamp_420x280_thumbIt’s true! Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary in Calvert County is home to the northernmost natural range of bald cypress trees in the United States. This 100-acre nature sanctuary recalls a time some 100,000 years ago when cypress swamps were common over large parts of the region and now-extinct animals like mammoths roamed the landscape. Today, thanks to The Nature Conservancy, which acquired the property in 1957, the Sanctuary’s primeval beauty is a protected home to many plants and animals.

Inside the nature center, you can explore more closely the mysteries of the swamp through exhibits that focus on the natural and cultural heritage of the area. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary makes an ideal day trip for the young and old alike. The Calvert County Natural Resources Division provides a variety of educational programs and outdoor activities throughout the year.

Calvert CountySource: Calvert County website

Do you have a fun fact to share about your county? If so, please send it to Kaley Schultze to be featured in MACo’s weekly Fun Fact on Conduit Street.

St. Mary’s County Receives LGIT Training Grant Award

St. Mary’s County government has been awarded a training grant from the Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT). The grant of $5,860 will provide Americans with Disabilities (ADA) training to county employees.

LGIT Executive Director Timothy Ailsworth (left) presents LGIT Training Grant $5,860 Award check to Commissioner President Randy Guy, Courtesy of St. Mary's County Public Information Office
LGIT Executive Director Timothy Ailsworth (left) presents LGIT Training Grant $5,860 Award check to Commissioner President Randy Guy, Courtesy of St. Mary’s County Public Information Office

According to the press release,

The grant will cover two 4-hour live training for new hires. Recorded and online presentations will also be available for individuals unable to attend the live training sessions.

Timothy Ailsworth, LGIT Executive Director, presented a check representing the full grant amount to the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County at its February 14 business meeting.

ADA One, LLC has been selected to conduct the training based upon the firm’s expertise. Irene Bowen, ADA One President and training presenter, is a noted expert in the field, having served as the Deputy Chief of the Disability Rights Section at the U. S. Department of Justice and Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Access Board.

LGIT is a MACo Gold Corporate Partner.