Baltimore County Executive Announces $500K Gift from Baltimore Ravens for Destination Playground

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced this week that the Baltimore Ravens have committed $500K toward the construction of a new destination playground in Owings Mills. The playground, to be situated in Northwest Regional Park, will be approximately .8 acres and will not replace the existing playground at the park. It will be located near the Lyons Mill Road entrance and feature a wheelchair accessible rubberized surface and a timed 40-yard dash, among other equipment…

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Leadership Spotlight: The Foundation of Success Is a Positive Mindset

This guest post is written by Tim Rahschulte, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer, Professional Development Academy, in partnership with the NACo High Performance Leadership Academy. MACo Members get 12 weeks of leadership training at a reduced rate. Contact Luke Afeman for more details! Leadership. Just reading the word leadership likely creates in your mind an image of someone who has inspired you, challenged you, encouraged you and helped you to believe in yourself. It’s likely someone you…

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County Food Banks Get a Boost from Beverage Association
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County Food Banks Get a Boost from Beverage Association

The MD-DE-DC Beverage Association will donate money that would have gone to their 2021 legislative reception to county food banks in all 23 counties and Baltimore City. With the virtual 2021 General Assembly Session off and running, legislators and advocates connected to Annapolis are fielding a new normal and diving into an all-virtual system of policy-making. In-person advocacy is not an option due to the pandemic, so many organizations had to cancel or rethink their…

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Bookmark This Cheatsheet for Submitting Testimony in #MDGA21

It's not breaking news, but testimony will be given virtually this year for those involved in Maryland's 90 days of law-making. This post serves as an easy index for everything you need to submit testimony in 2021. The information covered in this post is subject to change at any time. We'll update it to the best of our abilities, but PLEASE double-check on the MGA site itself - witness and testimony guidelines can be found…

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Preparing for the COVID-19 Vaccine – A Discussion for County Elected Officials

Join MACo's Bronze Corporate Partner, Aetna, for a timely virtual discussion on COVID-19 vaccine distribution and what it means for county governments. Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccine – A Discussion for County Elected Officials Your county depends on returning to work safely, yet conflicting, rapidly-changing information makes good decision-making challenging for County Elected officials.  Join Aetna Senior Medical Director and Clinical Lead for the Aetna Infectious Disease Response Team, Kirsten Anderson, MD MPH and Maryland elected…

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U.S. Senator Ben Cardin to Host Virtual Town Hall Meeting with County Leaders
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin to Host Virtual Town Hall Meeting with County Leaders

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin U.S. Senator Ben Cardin invites all MACo members to participate in a virtual town hall on Monday, January 11, 10 am – 11 am. Senator Cardin will review the most recent COVID-19 relief package, give an overview of expectations for the 117th Congress, and answer questions from the audience. MACo members are welcomed to submit questions in advance, or ask questions live during the meeting. MACo members who would like to…

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Register Today for ESLC’s Free Workshop Series: “Solutions For A Changing Delmarva”

The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) announced a four-part virtual workshop series to inform and engage the Delmarva community on climate issues: "Solutions for a Changing Delmarva." Attendees will hear presentations from environmental experts, providing views and best practices around community-driven solutions to protect the environment. The series kicks off on January 12, 2021, at 6:00 pm. Workshop Schedule: January 12th – Introducing a Changing Delmarva February 2nd – Carbon Sequestration on Delmarva February 23rd…

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Coverage You Can’t Miss – Get County News and Updates in Your Inbox

The expert policy analysts and staff of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) blog daily on Conduit Street about conference updates, county news, and information you don’t want to miss. Did you know you can receive MACo’s Conduit Street blog posts as soon as they’re posted, right to your email? Here’s how to do it: 1. At the bottom of this post, in the blue footer, there’s a big white box titled “Subscribe to Conduit…

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MACo Installs 2021 Board of Directors

MACo's 2021 leadership were installed virtually on December 18, with Caroline County Commissioner Wilbur Levengood taking the reins as President. MACo's Board of Directors is normally installed at the Inaugural Banquet at the organization's Winter Conference. With the 2020 in-person conference being cancelled due to concerns around the coronavirus pandemic, MACo held their business meeting and Board installation virtually this year. More than 50 elected officials and employees joined the meeting to approve the Association's…

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Queen Anne’s County Partners with Nonprofit to Build Mountain Bike Trail

Queen Anne's County Parks and Rec will be working with Mid Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE) to build a single-track mountain bike trail through Terrapin Park. The Queen Anne's County Commissioners approved the agreement with MORE to build and maintain a mountain bike trail in the southeast quadrant of Terrapin Nature Park at their Dec 8 meeting. The County will provide continued public access to the trails, while MORE will build, maintain, and inspect the trails.…

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