Join a Cultivating Discussion at the NACo 2018 Farm Bill Summit

WHAT:

The NACo 2018 Farm Bill Summit will examine the need for a “comprehensive and long-term” farm bill. The event is sponsored by the NACo Rural Action Caucus.

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WHERE:

The summit will take place at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport in Palm Beach County, Florida.

WHEN:

The 3-day event occurs from April 5-7, 2018.

WHY GO:

NACo reported:

All counties are encouraged to attend this summit as we examine the need for a comprehensive and long-term farm bill to help strengthen our national economy and provide critical services to all counties — rural and urban alike. The summit will host educational tours, workshops and panel discussions that examine how the farm bill touches every facet of American life, including conservation, trade, jobs, infrastructure, research, nutrition, disaster assistance and more. As Washington, D.C. moves forward with debating the 2018 Farm Bill, NACo is ready to bring your voice to the table.

HOTEL:

Hilton Palm Beach Airport
150 Australian Ave.
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Reserve a room by calling (561) 684-9400, reference the National Association of Counties to secure the conference rate.

WHAT NOW:

Register here.

Check out other NACo events.

April Showers Bring May Climate Preparedness at the Local Solutions Conference

WHAT?

The Antioch University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are teaming up to host the Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience’s 2018 Local Solutions: Eastern Climate Preparedness Conference.

WHERE?

The conference takes place at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH

WHEN?

The 3-day conference will occur April 30 to May 2.

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WHY PARTICIPATE?

The Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience reports:

This capacity-building program is geared towards small government planners and decision-makers striving to create healthy resilient communities that are better able to handle severe weather and climate impacts. Through sessions, speakers and workshops, this conference guides local leaders on how to make climate resilience an aspect of their daily operations.

The conference hosts participants from Maine to Washington D.C. while topics range from Nuts and Bolts of Conducting a Vulnerability Assessment to Ticks, Mosquitos, Flies, Oh My!

Keynotes for the conference include Dr. Susanee Moser, Director and Principal Researcher of Susanne Moser Research & Consulting; and Nina-Marie Lister, Founder and Director of Ecological Design Lab/ Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University in Toronto.

SPECIAL FUNDING FOR MARYLAND PARTICIPANTS

The conference is $345, but a Town Creek Foundation grant is available for participants coming to the conference from Maryland.

The Maryland Travel Grant may be used for up to $1,000 in expenses relating to registration, lodging, and travel.

WHAT NOW

View the agenda here.

Register for the conference here.

Apply for the grant here.

 

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:

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Connect With County Leaders! Be a Summer #MACoCon Sponsor

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Sign up for a MACo sponsorship to bring your
message to the county decision-makers!
The Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) has released its official Summer Conference Sponsorship Brochure. The brochure is up-to-date with available sponsorships, which are on a first-come-first-serve basis.
MACo’s 2018 upcoming Summer Conference theme is “Water, Water Everywhere.” Sponsorships provide organizations with paramount opportunities to connect with county decision-makers. Your sponsorship will show you support county governments, understand their needs, and can help them solve their challenges!
New This Year:

Email Nicolette Querry for questions and to secure your sponsorship!

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:

Some Counties even got into the Groundhog Day spirit.

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Apply Now for the NACo/Nationwide Scholarship!

The National Association of Counties and Nationwide are accepting applications for a scholarship, honoring their 39 years of partnership.

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Are you Eligible?

  1. Be a high-school senior
  2. Have a parent, grandparent, or legal guardian enrolled in and actively contributing to a 457 (b) plan offered through the NACo Deferred Compensation Program
  3. Be a U.S. citizen
  4. enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study no later than the autumn term of the 2018-2019 school year at an accredited two- or four-year college
  5. NOT be an immediate family member of a of NACo employees, members of the NACo Defined Contribution and Retirement Advisory Committee or its governing board of directors, staff of individual state Association of Counties that are members of the LLC
  6. NOT be an employee of Nationwide employees

About the Program

The 13-year-old program allows high-school students to explore the transition into the next stage of life.

Young adults should understand the importance of preparing for a comfortable financial future as well as be aware of potential obstacles. The NACo/Nationwide essay contest allows the next generation of retirees to give insight into what retirement services looks like to them, a group of consumers whose purchase decision is years away. By the same token, educating our next generation on the importance of retirement savings will not only benefit the individual but their entire microsystems. The continued NACo/Nationwide partnership not only raises awareness in this vital area, it also continues the discussion and works to take the current retirement system to a whole new level. I expect great things from our 2018 winners. May their contributions be a ripple effect towards new and improved lifestyles.

– According to NACo’s President Roy Brooks

How to Apply

  1. Fill out the online application
  2. Submit an essay, 500 words or fewer
  3. Follow the essay prompt:

Young people often hear from parents and grandparents about the importance of saving and planning for their future. That can be tough advice to follow since most young people aren’t fluent in the language of money, yet are expected to make big financial decisions as early as in their teens. Retirement is decades away and many entry-level jobs, even for college graduates, don’t pay enough to make saving easy. Establishing a savings and investment plan early is one of the most important actions young people can take to protect their financial future. Provide two to three reasons why establishing a savings and investment plan early is important to you and how you plan on achieving your financial and savings goals.

4. Submit before March 5, 2018

Excerpts From Last Year’s Winners

My parents always taught me that financial stability is one of the most important freedoms. I am extremely grateful for their forethought to save money for my education. I’ll also follow my parents’ footsteps and participate in any 457(b) or 401(k) plans my employer may offer.

– Kaitlyn Galliher, Susquentina High School, Duncannon, PA

They offered a direct-deposit option. So, I signed up to have 25% of my paycheck placed into a savings account for college. It’s a great way to save money because I don’t need to take additional steps to move my money into savings every pay day.

– Hailee Sparks, Hudson Senior Hihg School, Hudson, Wisconsin

Apply now at www.nrsforu.com/scholarship.

New Tri-County Bus Connection Unites Calvert to a St. Mary’s Veteran Home

The Calvert County Department of Community Resources Public Transportation Division has created Southern Maryland’s first tri-county public transit connection uniting Calvert, St. Mary’s, and Charles County. It includes a route from Calvert County to the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in St. Mary’s County.

The bus will run Monday through Friday beginning on Feb. 5.

Riders from all three counties may take the new connection for FREE from Feb. 5-9.

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Calvert County Press Release Reports:

We are thrilled to launch this bus connection in Calvert County. Our veterans deserve convenient and accessible medical care and resources. We have been working on this opportunity for the region for a couple of years and I am grateful to our transportation staff for making it happen.

– Evan Slaughenhoupt, Jr., Calvert County Commission President and MACo Board Member

Calvert is the home to approximately 9,000 veterans, who now have free transportation to Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.

The Maryland Transit Authority was a funder and co-developer of the project.

For information on schedules and fees for VanGO, Charles County Government’s public transit system, visit www.charlescountymd.gov/pgm/vango/vango or call 1-800-735-2258.

For information on schedules and fees for St. Mary’s County Government’s Transit System, visit www.stmarysmd.com/dpw/STSfares.asp or call 301-475-4200 ext. *1120 or *1121.

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:

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BWI Flies into 2018, With Another Record-Setting Year

In 2017 the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport serviced over 26 million passengers breaking it’s 2016 record. The airport has broken its own record the last three years, according to MDOT press release.

 

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The number of passengers through BWI Airport over the last four years.

 

The passengers aren’t the only thing that has increased for the airport, so has their jobs and economic activity.

In 2017, 106,488 people were employed by the airport – up almost 9% from 2014. The economic activity landed around $9.3 billion.

Their economic activity brings in $591.9 million in state and local taxes, according to the Regional Economic Impact of BWI Marshall Airport report.

The airport flies in as the 22nd busiest in the United States.

Governor Hogan said in the MDOT press release:

Our administration wants to do everything it can to showcase Maryland’s incredible assets, which is why we’re are so fortunate to be home to one of the most convenient, efficient, and thriving airports in the nation.

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:

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