House Speaker and Senate President Announce State Park Investment Commission

On August 6, Senate President Bill Ferguson and Speaker of the House Adrienne A. Jones announced the creation of a legislative commission to study the needs and make future recommendations for the State park system across Maryland. “Public outdoor spaces are essential to Marylanders’ emotional, mental, and physical health and bring people of all walks together,” said President Ferguson. “Geographic location, race, or income should not limit a person’s ability to enjoy these benefits, and…

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DHCD Project Restore to Provide Grants for Businesses Opening or Expanding in Vacant Retail & Commercial Buildings

Project Restore will provide $25 million to fill vacant retail and commercial buildings and support business investment, job creation, and economic growth in Maryland’s communities. Businesses opening or expanding into vacant retail and commercial properties may be eligible for Project Restore grants from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Project Restore grants can help new and growing businesses with rent payments and operating costs in their first year. Project Restore will provide two grant opportunities…

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Maryland Awarded Federal Grant to Establish National Model for Foster Family Development

Maryland Awarded Federal Grant to Establish National Model for Foster Family Development Five Counties Selected by the Maryland Department of Human Services will Pilot the Center for Excellence for Resource Foster Parenting BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS) announced that the State of Maryland was awarded a four-year grant by the federal Children’s Bureau to create a Center of Excellence for Foster Family Development – the only grant of its kind awarded…

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Worcester Prevails in Tax Setoff Case

The Worcester County Commissioners welcomed the recent announcement by the Court of Appeals, which ruled in favor of Worcester County Government (WCG) in the tax setoff case filed by Ocean City. Beginning in October 2018, Ocean City sought a ruling that the Maryland Tax-Property Article provisions grant certain counties, like Worcester, the ability to deny municipal tax setoff requests violate the Maryland Constitution. Ocean City also requested that the court require all Maryland counties to…

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New CDC Order Halts Evictions in Communities with Substantial or High Levels of Community Transmission

The Maryland Office of the Attorney General has released updated information regarding changes to eviction orders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The new CDC order temporarily halts residential evictions in certain counties due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and the rise of the Delta variant. The CDC’s new order is scheduled to expire on October 3, 2021, providing some targeted and limited protections that will extend beyond those contained…

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Allegany County Transit to Hold Safety Training

Allegany County Transit (ACT) employees will participate in an In-Service Training Day on Thursday, August 12, 2021. Therefore, public transportation services will not be offered by Allegany County Transit. Fixed route bus service, para-transit (Alltrans) service, and JARC (Job Access Reverse Commute)-Get to Work will not operate. This is part of Allegany County Transit's bi-annual, pro-active review of its Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness Plan. All ACT vehicle operators, mechanics, and staff participate in an…

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Howard County Announces $8 Million in Parks & Playground Improvements

On August 5, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced $8 million to improve local parks and playground infrastructure. The improvements are made possible by Local Parks and Playground Infrastructure Funding (LPPIF) grant from the State of Maryland, with a majority of the grant supporting renovations to Centennial Park – West Area. Improvements include athletic lighting replacements, turf baseball diamonds, one or two turf fields, and pathways. The grant will also support new playground equipment and safety surfacing for Schooley Mill and Warfields Pond parks. Aerial footage of the Centennial Park…

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Planning for Growth and Change at #MACoCon

Tackling climate change at the local level is a daunting task, but there are many strategies local governments can implement to ensure their communities are as resilient as possible. Taking Next Steps – Planning for Growth and Change The effects of climate change and the need to responsibly plan for growth remain ongoing challenges for county governments. From protecting sensitive areas and combatting nuisance flooding to promoting affordable housing and clean energy, counties have their…

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MEMA Awards More Than $7.7 Million in Security Grants to Maryland Nonprofits

Will Help 64 Organizations Prevent or Mitigate Effects of Attacks, Help Build Resilience REISTERSTOWN, Md. (August 9, 2021) — The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has awarded more than $7.7 Million in federal homeland security grant funds to 64 nonprofit organizations around Maryland. The awards are funded by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 2021 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). “Nonprofit groups are part of the fabric of American life and provide important services during…

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Montgomery County Office of Procurement Wins 8th Achievement of Excellence Award

The Montgomery County Office of Procurement has been awarded the prestigious 26th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) for 2021 from the National Procurement Institute, Inc. (NPI). In 2021, Montgomery County is one of 41 counties recognized. The AEP Award is earned by public and nonprofit agencies that demonstrate a commitment to procurement excellence. This annual program recognizes procurement organizations that embrace innovation, professionalism, productivity, leadership, and e-procurement. In addition to the NPI, the AEP…

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