Let’s Get Crackin’ – #MACoCon Crab Mallets Sponsored by Deep Water Wind

DWW Print +Tag Trademarked_2-18MACo thanks Deepwater Wind for sponsoring MACo’s 2018 Summer Conference Crab Feast mallets. The Crab Feast will take place on August 17, 2018, in the parking lot of the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. This ticket-only event features unlimited Maryland fresh crabs, and thanks to Deep Water Wind, a FREE crab mallet souvenir.

0608181603Deepwater Wind is proud to be America’s leading offshore wind developer. The company’s path-breaking Block Island Wind Farm is the first in the nation. Led by a veteran management team with experience in developing complex energy projects worldwide, Deepwater Wind is making offshore wind in America a reality.

Visit Deepwater Wind at booth #432 in Exhibit Hall A/B at MACo ‘s Summer Conference.

Thank you, Deepwater Wind, a Summer Conference Sponsor, for being a County Champion!

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Thanks, AT&T For Sponsoring Our Small Cell Symposium


MACo would like to thank AT&T, a Gold Corporate Partner, for sponsoring MACo’s Small Cell Symposium on June 21, 2018. 

MACo’s annual symposium focuses on a hot topic for county governments. This year, we’re talking about small cell wireless technology. 60+ individuals are expected to attend to connect with peers and explore the challenges and possibilities around small cells

Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018
Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Newton White Mansion
(2708 Enterprise Rd, Mitchellville, MD 20721)

AT&T Inc. helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high-speed internet services. We offer the nation’s best data network and the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider. We’re one of the world’s largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. Nearly 3.5 million companies, from small to large businesses around the globe, turn to AT&T for our highly secure smart solutions.

Registration is open until Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

  • This symposium is only free for MACo Members (county elected/appointed officials and professionals). REGISTER TODAY
  • Commercial or industry participants must be exhibitors or sponsors to participate.

Bring Economic Security to Your County with this BPC Workshop


The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is hosting The Power of Local Innovation: Tackling Economic Insecurity.


BPC has partnered with NACo to address the gamut of problems that can result from economic insecurity.


The event will take place Monday, June 25 from 2 – 4 pm.


The event will be held at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 Eye Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005

The presentations will also be broadcast for those unable to make it in person.


Despite the outward signs of a growing economy, many Americans live on an economic precipice. Stagnant wages, lack of mobility, income volatility, and low savings make it difficult for many individuals and families to gain and sustain economic traction. Although economic insecurity is a national problem, local communities across the nation are developing innovative solutions to tackle its root causes and chronic effects.


Matthew Chase, Executive Director, NACo

Merceria Ludgood, Commissioner, Mobile County, Alabama

Michael Myers, Managing Director, Rockefeller Foundation

Scott Pattison, Executive Director, National Governors Association

Steve Rogers, Sergeant, Lucas County’s Sheriff’s Office, Ohio

Lori Stegmann, Commission, Multnomah County, Oregon


  • Learn more about the program on the event website
  • RSVP to attend or watch the event
  • Join the Twitter conversation with #BPClive


#MACoCon Must – Browse with BGE in Exhibit Hall A/B

The Maryland Association of Counties would like to recognize Baltimore Gas and Electric for their contribution as the commercial exhibit hall sponsor for this upcoming MACo Summer Conference, August 15-18, 2018. MACo will proudly hang BGE banners in Exhibit Hall A/B.


BGE is Maryland’s largest gas and electric utility with over 3,300 employees delivering power, safely and reliably, to approximately 1.2 million customers in central Maryland.

Visit BGE in booth #301 at MACo’s Summer Conference or on the web at bge.com to learn more about how BGE can help you use energy more efficiently.

Thank you, Baltimore Gas and Electric, a Summer Conference Sponsor and Gold Corporate Partner, for being a County Champion!

Learn more about MACo’s Summer Conference:


ATS Enhancing Traffic and the #MACoCon Program!

MACo would like to thank American Traffic Solutions (ATS) for supporting counties at the 2018 Summer Conference, “Water, Water Everywhere.” ATS is providing this year’s inside front cover of our program. Check it out August 15-18, 2018 in Ocean City!

ats logoATS delivers next-generation technology products, services, and business solutions and anticipates their customers’ future mobility, traffic safety, and enforcement needs.

Please visit American Traffic Solutions, Inc. on the web at www.atsol.com.

Thank you, American Traffic Solutions, Inc., a Summer Conference Sponsor, for your continued support of the Maryland Association of Counties!

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#MACoCon Photography Provided Proudly Per Grant L. Gursky Photography

Gursky Photography

MACo would like to thank Grant L. Gursky Photography for providing the photography at MACo’s Summer Conference, August 15-18, 2018 in Ocean City, MD.

Grant L. Gursky grew up in a suburb of Washington, DC, where from an early age, he dreamed of being a photojournalist for major media outlets. He’s come a long way from taking photos of the national monuments on his own for fun as a kid to making his dreams come true. Grant has worked from some of the smallest and largest publications in the news world – the Catholic Review, Carroll County Times, The Daily Times, Washington Post, and Boston Globe to name a few. His photos have appeared in countless newspapers and magazines throughout the world, including Coastal Style Magazine, US News & World Report and Time.

Please visit Grant L. Gursky Photography on the web at www.gransky.com and look for MACo Summer Conference photos to be posted to MACo’s Conduit Street Blog and Social Media after the conference.

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For Your Accessibility, MACoCon will supply Wi-Fi, Sponsored by MBC

MBC.pngMACo proudly supplies Wi-Fi at our conferences, thanks to the sponsorship continually provided by the Maryland Broadband Cooperative.

MACo’s 2018 Summer Conference will be held Aug. 15-18 at the Roland Powell Convention Center, in Ocean City, MD.

Maryland Broadband is a statewide Cooperative whose mission is to provide world-class, high-speed internet services to un-served and underserved areas of Maryland through its membership.

Thank you, Maryland Broadband Cooperative, a Bronze Corporate Partner, for your continued support of the Maryland Association of Counties!

Learn more about MACo’s Summer Conference:

“We’re Here To Help” DLLR Says to Those Affected by Flooding


The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) is offering assistance through a variety of services for those affected by flooding in response to the Governor’s declaration of a State of Emergency.

Services Offered:

  • Division of Workforce Development
    • Workforce centers around the state provide dislocated worker retraining services and job search assistance
  • Unemployment Insurance
    • DLLR has extended the hours of unemployment insurance services to Monday through Friday from 8 am to 2 pm (410.853.1600) or 24/7 online (www.mdunemployment.com)
  • Labor and Industry
    • Free safety and health survey to analyze risks and hazards of clearing flood-related debris
  • Occupational and Professional Licensing
    • Tips and tricks for finding professional replacement contractors
    • Free occupational or professional replacement licenses (if the license was damaged in the flood)

It is also offering tips for returning to your home and worker safety after a flood.

Example Tip:

“Flood waters may contain sharp objects such as glass or metal fragment that can cause injury and lead to infection.”

The official Maryland Flood Information Flyer.

For complete service details and safety tips please see the DLLR’s official Flood Relief Website Page.


Explore Brooklyn Park on This Baybrook Commercial Revitalization Tour


Anne Arundel Economic Development Cooperation and Baltimore Development Corporation are hosting the Baybrook Commercial Revitalization Tour. This event is perfect for those interested in potential investment and redevelopment opportunities, current construction programs, successes in the area, and resources/programs to encourage development and private investment.


The event will begin at the Chesapeake Arts Center. Attendees will take a shuttle to Brooklyn Park, then tour Brooklyn, and finally return back to the Chesapeake Arts Center.

Chesapeake Arts Center
194 Hammonds Lane
Brooklyn Park, MD 21225


The tour will take place Thursday, June 21 from 8:30 am – 11:30 am.

What Now?

Check out the Agenda:

8:30 am: Breakfast (Sponsored by Comcast Business)

9:00 am: Welcoming Remarks

9:15 am: Board the tour bus then tour Brooklyn Park

10:15 am: Tour of Brooklyn

11:15 am: Return to the Chesapeake Arts Center

Secure Tickets.

EPA Extends WIFIA Water Infrastructure Loan Deadline

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has extended the deadline for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA). The new deadline is July 31, 2018.

WIFIA was established in 2014 as an EPA federal loan and guarantee program. The program can provide up to 49% of the project financing. As of March 23, the President awarded the program $63 million through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018.

The funding grew on April 4, 2018, when the EPA announced WIFIA may be providing as much as $5.5 billion in loans.

Following the April 4 announcement, the EPA issued it’s first WIFIA loan of $134.5 million to King County, Washington for a new wet weather treatment station.

The EPA estimates that U.S. States, territories, and tribal leaderships, need over $743 billion for water infrastructure improvements in the next 20 years.

Applying for WIFIA:

Phase 1: Project Selection

Phase 2: Project Approval

Phase 3: Negotiation and Closing

Application materials are available on the EPA’s website. The website also includes more detailed information about the application process.

If you are interested in learning more about water projects, join us this August at our conference, “Water, Water Everywhere.”