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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Rural Maryland Council Hosting Info Session on Grants

The Rural Maryland Council will host a series of grant information outreach sessions. 

WHAT

The Rural Maryland Council is hosting a program to teach participants more about grant programs and applying for FY19 funding.

WHERE/WHEN

The information session will occur on three different dates in three different rural Maryland locations.

Session 1:

Garrett Community Action Center
Garrett County
April 30, 12-2 pm

Session 2:

Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland
Charles County
May 2, 12-2 pm

Session 3:

Cecil County Administrative Building
Cecil County
May 4, 12-2 pm

WHAT NOW?

All sessions include a box lunch.

Register to attend Garrett County Session here.

Register to attend Southern Maryland Session here.

Register to attend Cecil County Session here.

 

Five Fast Facts: The Celebrated Caroline County Chicken

Lady Elegantine (002)Lady Eglantine, born and raised in Caroline County, laid 314 eggs in one year.

  1. Lady Eglantine broke the previous record of 286 eggs in September of 1915. A typical hen lays 200 eggs in a lifetime.
  2. Lady Eglantine earned the name the “$100,000 hen” because her owner turned down many high-priced offers.
  3. Her eggs were sold for $60 an egg, while 20 cents a dozen was the going rate at the time.
  4. She was married to a rooster on Feb. 14, 2016, in New York City, and was even presented with a diamond-studded gold leg band.
  5. The Caroline County Historical Society’s Museum of Rural Life has Lady Eglantine stuffed and on display.

Read the whole ShoreBread article about Lady Eglantine 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:

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

Nationwide Is On Your Side With a Cyber Security Webcast

naco-nationwideNationwide Retirement Institute Speaker Series presents Cybersecurity: Trends and strategies to protect plan data.

WHAT

Nationwide is hosting a webcast about Cybersecurity.

The Nationwide invitation:

As cybersecurity breaches become increasingly common and sophisticated, protecting plan participants’ data is more important than ever. Learn current threat trends and security considerations that can help plan sponsors securely manage employee data.

You’ll learn about evolving threat landscape and the impact on business, security strategies to help you protect what matters most, and your role in cybersecurity and how Nationwide can help.

Speakers include Nationwide Retirement Institute Associate VP Kristi Rodriguez and Nationwide Retirement Plan Technology Solutions Vice President Melanie Kolp.

WHEN 

The webcast will be broadcasted on April 12, 3:30 pm ET.

WHAT NOW

Register here. Spots are limited to the first 500 registrants.

 

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:

This week we saw a flood of support from our counties and elected officials about Opening Day for the Orioles!

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Comptroller Reminds Tax Payers to Be Aware of Phone Scams

As taxpayers work to file their taxes, criminals are also hard at work — attempting to steal their money. While there are several versions of tax scams, the classic telephone con continues to thrive, especially during filing season.

“Phone scammers are always looking for ways to steal taxpayers’ financial and identity information,” Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot. “If someone calls you claiming to be from the IRS or the Comptroller’s Office, hang up. Don’t give them any personal or financial information. These are crooks trying to steal your identity.”

As a reminder, here’s how IRS says the scams work:

  • Scammers call taxpayers telling them they owe taxes and face arrest if they don’t pay. Sometimes, the first call is a recording, asking taxpayers to call back to clear up a tax matter or face arrest.
  • When taxpayers call back, the scammers often use threatening and hostile language. The thief claims the taxpayers may pay their debts using a gift card, other pre-paid cards or wire transfers.
  • Taxpayers who comply lose their money to the scammers.

Taxpayers should remember that the IRS and the Comptroller’s Office does not:

  • Call taxpayers demanding immediate payment using a specific payment method, but will first mail a bill.
  • Threaten to have taxpayers arrested for not paying taxes.
  • Demand payment without giving taxpayers an opportunity to question or appeal the amount the IRS believes they owe.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Taxpayers who receive these phone calls should:
  • Hang up the phone immediately, without providing any information.

If Maryland taxpayers suspect fraud, they are asked to immediately report the issue to the Comptroller’s Office by calling 1-800-MD-TAXES (1-800-638-2937) or 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland or taxhelp@comp.state.md.us.

Calls also may be reported to:

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

AARP 2018 Community Challenge Grants Available

AARP has launched its 2018 Community Challenge Grant Program to fund projects that improve livability for all the residents in a community.

Those interested in applying, are encouraged to watch the minute-long explanatory video:

Eligibility 

The program is open to 501(c)(3) nonprofits, 501(c)(4) nonprofits, 501(c)(6) nonprofits, government entities, and other types of governments on a case-by-case basis.

Project Guidelines

AARP is looking for projects that aim to :

  • Deliver a range of transportation and mobility options in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability and/or and access to public and private transit.
  • Create vibrant public places in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that improve open spaces, parks and access to other amenities.
  • Support the availability of a range of housing in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that increase accessible and affordable housing options.
  • Other community improvements. We want to know the most important needs in your community and the best quick-action ideas you have to address them.

Timeline

March 21 – Launch of the 2018 AARP Community Challenge

May 16 – Applications due by 5 P.M. ET

June 25 – Winning applicants will be notified

November 5 – Projects must be completed

December 3 – After action reports due

Grant Amounts

If your idea is big, no project is too small! Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects.

AARP awarded 88 grants in the 2017 AARP Community Challenge.

How To Apply

Use the AARP Application Portal.

For additional information:

Nominate Outstanding County Gov Programs for NACo Achievement Awards

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The National Association of Counties (NACo) is accepting applications for its 2018 Achievement Awards.

FINAL APPLICATIONS ARE DUE APRIL 2 BY 11:59 PM EDT

Achievement Awards Program

The NACo Achievement Awards is a non-competitive program, the NACo Achievement Awards recognize outstanding county government programs and services in 18 categories covering a vast range of county responsibilities. The “best of category” winners will be recognized on stage at the 2018 NACo Annual Conference in July in Davidson County/Nashville, Tennessee, and all winners will be recognized in the program book and online.

Eligibility

County governments and state associations of counties are eligible to submit as many applications as they want. Eligible programs must have become operational after Jan. 1, 2013 and have measurable results, while having significant roles attributed to county officials and/or staff.

Program Criteria:

In order to be eligible for an Achievement Award, all
programs must meet the following criteria:

  1.  Programs must accomplish one or more of the
    following:

    • Offer new services to county residents, fill gaps in
      the availability of services, fill gaps in or tap new
      revenue sources
    • Improve the administration of an existing county
      government program
    • Upgrade the working conditions or level of
      training for county employees. Enhance the level
      of citizen participation in, or the understanding
      of, government programs
    • Provide information that facilitates effective
      public policy making
    • Promote intergovernmental cooperation and
      coordination in addressing shared problems
  2. In the case of a program that is in response to
    a federal or state law, regulation or order, the
    program must go beyond mere compliance with
    the statute, regulation or order and must display a
    creative approach to meeting those requirements.
  3. The program must have measurable results (e.g.
    cost savings, enhanced employee productivity,
    improved constituent services, created better
    intergovernmental cooperation).
  4. The program must be innovative and not rely
    on techniques or procedures that are common
    practice in most counties of similar population or
    size.
  5. All aspects of the program must be consistent
    with acceptable governmental and financial
    management practices and must promote general
    governmental accountability

Program Eligibility taken from NACo’s Achievement Awards Brochure

Submitting an Application

All applications must have the county name and page number on each page and must be submitted in PDF format. Files can be no larger than 2MB. A nomination summary must include a 200-word program abstract, a reason behind the program, description of the program, cost of the program, and results of the program.

Submit the nomination summary to the online portal.

The application fee of $100 can be paid online or by mail.

Please read NACo’s Achievement Awards Brochure for official rules and details.