If You Are Not Hiring an Apprentice, You May Be Missing Out

A MACo Summer Conference session shares the workforce resource that apprenticeship programs hold for county employers. At MACo's Summer Conference, representatives of the Department of Labor, an employee union, and a local workforce development board provide insight into apprenticeship programs related to county employment. James Rzepkowski, Assistant Secretary of Workforce Development and Adult Learning at the Maryland Department of Labor shared the department's aim of addressing challenges of public sector and government side of apprenticeships…

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The Sun Shines Inside the Convention Center at #MACoCon

Welcoming keynote Simon Bailey, the author of Shift Your Brilliance: Harness the Power of You, speaks with attendees at Maryland Association of Counties annual summer conference. Simon Bailey, MACo's keynote speaker for the 2019 Summer Conference, is a Breakthrough Strategist whose life's purpose is to teach 1 billion+ people how to be fearless and create their futures. He equips companies with the tools necessary to effect cultural transformation resulting in higher employee engagement and platinum customer…

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Road Flooded, Power Out, No Cell Coverage? Your County Will Reach You.

Attendees at MACo's Summer Conference engage in a tabletop exercise on emergency communications and hear from a county whose been through the real thing. What if, when disaster hits, it hits in a rural area of your county with spotty cell phone coverage and no internet? That was the scenario that attendees of MACo’s Summer Conference session, Reaching Your Residents When Every Moment Counts tackled. Emergency managers, communications professionals, and others worked together in teams of…

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Apps that Improve Service, VR that Teaches, and Tech that Saves Lives

A MACo Summer Conference session gives an overview of the ways technology can expedite and enhance government service, and even save lives. Representatives of State agencies, county governments, and libraries shared some of the ways that they are using technology to support and improve government service. Cal Bowman, Deputy Homeland Security Advisor fo the Maryland Governor's Office of Homeland Security shared perspective on technology and government, including challenges that innovators face, and also the fast-moving…

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It’s Not All About Getting High

Drones can do all sorts of things. In the words of one of today’s panelists on the MACo Summer Conference panel, The Underappreciated Upsides of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, a drone program is much like a cannabis business -- it’s not all about getting high. The six panelists from various county government agencies, state government, and the private sector shared many applications for county use, including: Surveying Construction monitoring Media, sharing county news with residents Communications and public…

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This Used Car Salesman Speaks DRONE

At MACo’s summer conference panel, Drone Dilemma: Flying Under the Radar, one panelist shares his experiences in law enforcement education on unmanned aircraft systems. Robert Campbell, US Capitol Police is seeking to build a foundation for local law enforcement in the realm of drones. Making some light of his mission, he portrayed himself as a used car salesman, going from one law enforcement agency to another, trying to sell officers on their role in enforcement…

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Build New or Maintain? Total Cost of School Facilities Explained

The Public School Construction Program hosts a webinar on the total cost of facility ownership for school facilities. The operation and maintenance of a facility can make up half of the total costs of a facility (including construction) over a 30 year period. It's something to keep in mind when considering the costs of school construction in Maryland according to the State's Director of Public School Construction, Bob Gorrell. In a recent webinar on the…

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Study Finds Shifting to Defined Contribution Pensions Doesn’t Always Save

A recent survey of a few states that have shifted some of their pension plans to defined contribution from defined benefit demonstrates that savings are not guaranteed. About half of Maryland's counties participate in the State's pension system, and all counties contribute to the cost of teacher pensions statewide. As stakeholders in the pension system with a vested interest in its sustainability, counties are interested in the debate between defined benefit and defined contribution systems.…

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Millennials in Your Office, and on TV

On the tenth anniversary of the TV sitcom, Parks and Rec, critiques celebrate how the show undercut negative stereotypes of the millennial generation's workforce practices. What might a television show reveal about how generations work together in the workplace? According to Relevant Magazine, the sitcom Parks and Rec, set in a municipal Parks and Recreation Department of a small town in Indiana, was groundbreaking in the values it revealed about millennial workers. Relevant describes, Each of…

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Sound the Siren: Support Maryland’s Volunteer Fire Companies

Do you have any idea how unsustainable the costs of fire protection would become without Maryland's volunteers? Learn more about this critical resource and how new recruitment tactics, retention benefits, and long-range planning will help support and strengthen Maryland's volunteer fire companies. Back-to-back conference sessions on Maryland's volunteer fire service offer insight into this critical public safety partnership. Volunteer fire companies are a part of the national fabric and are at the heart of many…

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