Transportation Association of Maryland awards St. Mary’s County for transportation efforts

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John Duklewski, TAM Executive Director, presents the award to Transportation Manager Jacqueline Fournier and STS staff. Courtesy of St. Mary’s County Public Information Office

St. Mary’s Transit System (STS) has earned the 2017 Community Engagement Award presented by the Transportation Association of Maryland (TAM).

The nomination, provided by Tri-Couny Council of Southern Maryland’s Nicky Pires, commended the county for “going above and beyond being a transit agency.”

Pires said in St. Mary’s County Press Release:

Each year in May, as a community event during National Transportation Week, STS demonstrates passenger appreciation by offering discount days for veterans, $1 a day rides and distributing STS promotional items.

Additional efforts made by STS this year:

  • Dump the Pump event
  • Stuff the Bus event
  • Donation of over 2,000 lbs dry good items, baby diapers, baby products
  • Connections with Charles and Calvert County transit systems
  • Implementation of Wheelchair securement training for the human service non-profits

Password Protected: Cybersecurity and Your County #MACoCon

Password Protected: Cybersecurity and Your County
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Description: How prepared is your county for a cyber attack or data breach? Do you know the
ramifications of such an occurrence—the costs, the liability, and the recovery? Join this
session to hear from leaders in the industry as they cover the threat landscape, consequences
for being unprepared, and your best steps to help minimize risk.

Speaker:  Ryan Spelman, Senior Director, Business Development, Center for Internet Security

Date/Time:

  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The MACo Winter Conference will be held December 6-8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland. The conference’s theme is “The Power of Partnership.”

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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

Save the Date: Maryland State of the Coast Conference

The Maryland State of the Coast conference is taking place May 21-23, 2018 in Cambridge, MD.

The conference is being hosted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES).

The conference will serve as a platform for coastal partners and constituencies to exchange ideas and network. Attendees include regional, local, and state agencies; academic institutions; non-governmental organizations’ and all those who help manage and protect Maryland’s coastal resources.

The Save the Date:

The State of the Coast will provide an overview of the status of Maryland’s coastal resources and resource management efforts with a focus on resilient communities, economies and ecosystems.

Registration opens in January 2018.

Nowhere is safe from the Opioid Crisis! Not even your county budget…

MACo would like to thank Ferrer, Poirot, & Wansbrough; Fears & Nachawati; Principal Law Group, LLC; and McNamee Hosea Attorneys & Adviors  for participating in the Sponsor Showcase Sessions at the 2017 Winter Conference.

You can learn more about Opioid Civil Litigation from these sponsors Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 4:30 pm to 5 pm.

The session focuses on the strain the current epidemic has put on counties to provide care and treatment to those affected. These firms will be discussing the epidemic and how counties can seek financial compensation as reimbursement for those expenses.

Speakers for this presentation:

  • Jim Harkins, Consultant
  • Matthew McCarley, Partner, Fears Nachawati
  • Matthew Daniel, Partner, Ferrer, Poirot, & Wansbrough
  • Jonathan Novak, Associate, McNamee Hosea Attorneys & Advisors

Ferrer, Poirot, & Wansbrough; Fears & Nachawati; Principal Law Group, LLC; and McNamee Hosea Attorneys & Adviors are also sponsoring the Inaugural Banquet Wine Service.

Thanks Ferrer, Poirot, & Wansbrough; Fears & Nachawati; Principal Law Group, LLC; and McNamee Hosea Attorneys & Adviors for supporting MACo!

Learn more about MACo’s 2017 Winter Conference:

A Pen, a Highlighter, a Stylus… Oh My!

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Every year MACo provides pens for attendees at our Winter Conference. This year our pen, sponsored by Local Government Insurance Trust, is a pen, stylus and highlighter.

 

For 30 years, Maryland’s local governments have covered their primary and excess liability, auto, environmental, property and equipment breakdown insurance needs through the Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT). Owned and managed by its members, LGIT was founded in 1987 by act of the Maryland General Assembly through the joint efforts of the Maryland Municipal League (MML) and the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo).

 

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Thanks Local Government Insurance Trust for your continued support of Maryland Counties!

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Chocolate + Exhibit Hall = #MACoCon Heaven, Thanks SLAIT Consulting/Juniper Networks

Slait-Juniper.horizontal.pngMACo would like to thank SLAIT Consulting and Juniper Networks for sponsoring the chocolate break on Thursday at 2017 Winter Conference.

What’s better than exploring the exhibits? Exploring with chocolate! The chocolate break will take place from 3:00 to 3:30 pm December 7, during our conference at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland thanks to SLAIT Consulting and Juniper Networks.

SLAIT Consulting is an information technology company that specializes in cyber-security and data center solutions. SLAIT holds top partner status and certifications with leading technology organizations which enables us to help businesses, government and educational institutions develop comprehensive plans to build and maintain their IT infrastructure. SLAIT will work with you to develop strategies around IT business transformation, conduct IT Risk Analysis and Mitigation, and develop out-of-the-box thinking around your IT architecture, design, and implementation. Visit slaitconsulting.com to learn more.

Juniper Networks challenges the status quo with innovative products, solutions and services critical to businesses by transforming the economics of networking in the connected world. We create highly scalable, secure and cost-effective networks for unprecedented agility, efficiency and value.

Visit SLAIT and Juniper Networks at their conference booth, #23!

Thank you SLAIT Consulting and Juniper Networks for supporting Maryland Counties!

Learn more about MACo’s 2017 Winter Conference:

Take a Break, a Popcorn Break, at #MACoCon with SLAIT/Nutanix

Slait-Nutanix.jpgMACo would like to thank SLAIT Consulting and Nutanix for sponsoring the popcorn break on Wednesday at 2017 Winter Conference.

During a day full of educational sessions, sponsor showcases, Academy Courses, the Inaugural Banquet, and more, you can take a break to enjoy a variety of popcorn with SLAIT Consulting and Nutanix. The popcorn break will take place from 2:30 to 3:00 pm December 6, during our conference at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland.

SLAIT Consulting is an information technology company that specializes in cyber-security and data center solutions. SLAIT holds top partner status and certifications with leading technology organizations which enables us to help businesses, government and educational institutions develop comprehensive plans to build and maintain their IT infrastructure. SLAIT will work with you to develop strategies around IT business transformation, conduct IT Risk Analysis and Mitigation, and develop out-of-the-box thinking around your IT architecture, design, and implementation. Visit slaitconsulting.com to learn more.

Nutanix makes infrastructure invisible, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform blends web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design to natively converge server, storagevirtualization, and networking into a resilient, software-defined solution with rich machine intelligence.

Visit SLAIT and Nutanix at their conference booth, #22!

Thank you SLAIT Consulting and Nutanix for supporting Maryland Counties!

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Know a Community-Enriching Business? Nominate Them for the MEDA Awards!

The Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) is taking submissions for projects that have enriched communities.

Nominations must be submitted by December 8 and meet this criteria:

  • Must be completed
  • Must have a major phase completed in the last 3 years
  • Nominations must be submitted by a MEDA member, but all submissions are encouraged

To Nominate you must:

Other things to consider:

Nominate Here.

Good Luck!

Learn About Partnership Potential from Industry Leaders At #MACoCon Sponsor Showcases

MACo’s Winter Conference will hold Sponsor Showcase Sessions to educate attendees about products and services from the conference sponsors. Each session will be 30 minutes and will be held in the “Life Is On” Attendee Lounge (sponsored by Schneider Electric), in the Skipjack AB room of the Convention Center at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland.

The Sponsor Showcase Session schedule is below:

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2017

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Efficient Partnerships – What We Can Do Together

Sponsor: Pepco Holdings

Description: Through the EmPower Maryland Program, Pepco Holdings (Pepco and Delmarva Power) continues to work hand-in-hand with customers and service providers to deliver quality energy efficient projects that not only save energy, but increase a customer’s bottom line by reducing annual energy cost. Attend this session to learn how Pepco Holdings can help you!

Speakers: Vincent Wynne, Senior Program Manager, Pepco Holdings
Corey Wheat, Program Manager, Pepco Holdings

 

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Fortinet Two Factor Authentication & Advanced Threat Protection Solutions

Sponsor: Fortinet

Description: Need to implement two-factor authentication per federal requirements? Looking to protect your network from Zero Day Attacks? The Fortinet Security Fabric connects critical security and networking technologies—from firewalls to dual factor authentication to content and application security to secure access points—for seamless security and authentication across the distributed network, whether local or remote, physical or virtual, wired or wireless, and in your domain or in the cloud. Come understand how Fortinet protects your network from Zero Day Threats and provides Authentication for your users.

Speakers: Michael Brunner, Regional Account Manager, Fortinet
Greg Martin, Systems Engineer, Fortinet

 

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Minding Your Watts & Therms: Energy Efficiency Solutions

Sponsor: WGL Energy

Description: A report of the current trends in energy efficiency services and financing options, including flexible options for organizations and businesses of all sizes. The discussion will include recent case studies, as well as actionable plans and tools to help you implement an energy efficiency strategy to meet sustainability goals and save money.

Speakers: Jack Ensor, Director Account Sales, WGL Energy
Robin Cunningham, Green Products Specialist, WGL Energy

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2017

8:15 am – 8:45 am: 

Experiencing the Enterprise Cloud through Nutanix Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Sponsors: SLAIT Consulting, Nutanix

Description: Nutanix makes datacenter infrastructure invisible by delivering an Enterprise Cloud that enables IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. Nutanix leverages a hybrid delivery model to capitalize on public cloud advantages while retaining the security and control of private datacenters. The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud integrates server, storage, virtualization and networking in a hyperconverged platform to run any workload, at any scale, while removing the complexity of legacy infrastructure. Join this session to learn how hyperconvergence can bring radical simplicity to private clouds.

Speaker: Patrick Outlaw, Sr. Cloud Architect, SLAIT Consulting 

 

11:45 am – 12:15 pm:

Yellow Book Update – The Changes in Government Auditing Standards

Sponsor: Zelenkofske Axelrod, LLC

Description: On April 5, 2017, the US Government Accountability Office issued an Exposure Draft to revise the existing Government Auditing Standards (“Yellow Book”). With the final issuance expected to be in 2018, now is the time to make sure you understand the proposed changes! Join Zelenkofske Axelrod for a discussion of these changes and their potential impact on your future audits. Topics to be discussed include Independence, Continuing Professional Education, Documentation of Quality Control and Internal Control, Requirements in relation to “Waste,” and various other topics.

Speakers: Nathan Swartz, Senior Manager, Zelenkofske Axelrod, LLC
Patrick Kirk, Partner, Zelenkofske Axelrod, LLC

 

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm:

Credibility, Choice, and Savings

Sponsor: U.S. Communities

Description: U.S. Communities is the leading national purchasing cooperative, providing world-class procurement resources and solutions to government agencies, educational institutions, and nonprofits looking for the best overall supplier government pricing. In this session, you will to see how your agency can save time and money with solutions created and supported by the Maryland public sector.

Speaker: Matt East, Program Manager, U.S. Communties

 

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm:

Fuel Your Big Ambition With P3s

Sponsor: Schneider Electric

Description:This presentation will guide attendees as to how Public – Private Partnerships (P3) can help redirect operational and energy expenses into big ambitions. Progressive counties across the country are finding new funding opportunities through these innovative projects to fund projects in safety, security, water / wastewater, transportation, and facilities including corrections.
Learn how forward-thinking leaders accomplish these goals:
• Create more efficient infrastructure operations while unlocking revenue for reinvestment
• Fund modernization and deferred maintenance projects without increasing taxes
• Drive revenue and new growth opportunities to boost economic development in your community
• Build a sustainable image to attract & retain staff and administration
Emerging trends suggest more and more counties will use P3s as a funding vehicle in the years to come. Get the information you need to achieve your next big ambition.

Speakers: Chris Dellinger, Public Sector Solutions, Schneider Electric
Barry Wilhelm, CEM, CPM – Team Leader, Schneider Electric

 

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm:

Superconducting Maglev in the Baltimore—Washington Corridor: Transforming the Region

Sponsor: The Northeast Maglev

Description: The Northeast Maglev (TNEM) is a US private company committed to the deployment of a superconducting magnetic levitation train (SCMAGLEV) to run from Washington DC to Baltimore City in just 15 minutes. The SCMAGLEV is the fastest train in the world, offering the most technologically advanced, environmentally friendly, reliable, and efficient high-speed rail system. To learn more about this exciting project and how it will transform our region, TNEM invites you to attend this session.

Speaker: Robert W. Kiernan, Senior Director, The Northeast Maglev

 

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm:

Opioid Civil Litigation

Sponsors: Ferrer, Poirot, & Wansbrough; Fears & Nachawati; Principal Law Group, LLP; McNamee Hosea Attorneys & Advisors

Description: Nowhere is safe from the Opioid Crisis. Not even the counties’ budgets! The current epidemic has put a strain on the counties to provide care and treatment to those affected. These firms are here to discuss the epidemic and how counties can seek financial compensation as reimbursement for those expenses. Join this session to learn more about how your county can earn back your money with no cost to you.

Speakers: Jim Harkins, Former County Executive & MACo Past President
Matthew McCarley, Partner, Fears Nachawati
Matthew Daniel, Partner, Ferrer, Poirot, & Wansbrough
Jonathan Novak, Associate, McNamee Hosea Attorneys & Advisors

Learn more about MACo’s 2017 Winter Conference: