Conduit Street Podcast Presents: Free State Politics

MACo and the Conduit Street Podcast are proud to present an installment from "Free State Politics," a podcast presented by MarylandReporter.com. In this episode, veteran award-winning journalist John Rydell talks with MACo Executive Michael Sanderson and Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman about the upcoming MACo Summer Conference, which will be held August 18-21, 2021, in Ocean City, Maryland. From the Free State Politics Podcast: After a scaled-back virtual event last year, the Maryland Association of…

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Feds Announce $3 Billion Economic Development Initiative

US Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) will implement a series of programs, collectively called Investing in America’s Communities. This historic investment, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, will support bottom-up, middle-out economic development focused on advancing equity, creating good-paying jobs, helping workers to develop in-demand skills, building economic resilience, and accelerating the economic recovery for the industries and communities hit hardest…

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AG Frosh: Opioid Settlement Could Bring $485 Million to MD

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh this week announced a historic $26 billion settlement proposal in connection with a multi-state investigation of the three largest opioids distributors in the United States - Cardinal Health, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen - and Johnson & Johnson, an opioids manufacturer. The proposal could bring as much as $485 million to Maryland -- and its local governments -- to help address the devastating opioid epidemic. It will require significant reform of industry…

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Harford Promotes Inclusive Halloween With ‘Wheelchair Costume Workshops’

Dressing up in costumes and trick-or-treating is a fun tradition in many families, but it can be challenging for some children who use a wheelchair. To make these kids’ dreams come true, Harford County is asking for volunteers and sponsors to build costumes for an inclusive Halloween event this October at Mt. Zion Church in Bel Air. At the event, sponsored by Harford County in partnership with Mt. Zion Church and the Harford Center, kids…

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Feds Announce Grant to Support Environmental Health in Underserved Schools

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new round of grants to states, local governments, nonprofits, and others to support children’s environmental health in schools and childcare settings in underserved communities. The Childrens’ Healthy Learning Environments in Low-Income and/or Minority Communities Grant supports projects that advance children’s environmental well-being through education, training, tools, and capacity building. According to a press release: EPA anticipates awarding ten grants of $200,000 each for up to a two-year…

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Howard Breaks Ground on MD’s Largest Solar Power Purchase Agreement

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, joined by state and local leaders, last week broke ground on the first of 11 transformational solar projects as part of Howard County’s Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). The agreement will generate a monumental 44,000,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) a year, which will cover more than 50 percent of the County’s energy usage and is the equivalent of taking 6,781 cars off the road. "Through the PPA, CI Renewables will, at no cost…

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Board of Public Works – July 28 Meeting Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which affect county governments. The BPW consists of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. It meets on alternating Wednesdays, and the meetings are open to the public. Meetings are held in the Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis. The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 28,…

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State Announces $30 Million to Expand Broadband Access Across 18 Counties

Grant Funding Will Expand Service to More Than 12,000 Households In 18 Counties Governor Larry Hogan today announced awards to expand broadband internet access to more than 12,000 households in 18 counties. Administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Office of Statewide Broadband (OSB), $29,472,131 in grant funding will support network infrastructure projects by local internet service providers that will provide connectivity to unserved or underserved communities in Maryland. These awards are…

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St. Mary’s Launches Program to Incentivize Commercial Revitalization

St. Mary’s County this week announced a new program to stimulate and incentivize investment in commercial real property by providing tax relief to commercial property owners. The "Property Tax Challenge" program aims to spur renovations and upgrades to commercial properties in targeted areas by allowing owners to pay taxes based on the property’s pre-renovation value rather than the higher assessment triggered by the upgrades. Under the program, commercial property owners in targeted areas who invest…

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Maryland to Reopen American Job Centers for In-person Services

Physical Locations Reopening to Provide Comprehensive In-Person Employment, Training, and Business Services Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany P. Robinson today announced that the state’s 32 American Job Centers (AJCs), which served thousands of job seekers and businesses virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, are now reopening physical locations to provide in-person services. Maryland’s network of AJCs offers comprehensive employment, training, and business services that play a critical role in helping job seekers and employers fully…

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