Summer #MACoCon to Focus on Water Issues

MACo’s 2018 Summer Conference will focus on all the ways counties work with water.

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From the health of the Bay and Maryland’s waterways to the infrastructure, treatment, and regulations that ensure safe and healthy water flows through our pipes, county governments are keeping our residents afloat. Conference sessions will discuss the Bay, water infrastructure, watermen and oyster/fishery/habitat issues, floods and other natural disasters, and ways to put the wind back in the sails of a tight budget.

Mark your calendars and join us on August 15-18, 2018 to discuss “Water, Water, Everywhere.”

The call for conference proposals will be issued in January and will close on April 13, 2018. Exhibitor and sponsor registration will begin in January. MACo’s Corporate Partners and 2017 Summer Conference sponsors and exhibitors will be given first choice of exhibit placement and sponsorship opportunities. For more information, contact Virginia White.

2018 MACo Board of Directors Installed

On Wednesday evening, December 6, 2017, Governor Larry Hogan installed the MACo Board of Directors for 2018. The installation took place at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland during the MACo Winter Conference Inaugural Banquet. The 2018 slate of Members and Officers are as follows:

2018 MACo Board of Directors


  • Jerry Walker, Council Member, Anne Arundel County – President
  • William Pickrum, Commission President, Kent County – First Vice President
  • Barry Glassman, County Executive, Harford County – Second Vice President
  • Jan Gardner, County Executive, Frederick County – Secretary
  • Allan Kittleman, County Executive, Howard County – Treasurer
  • John Barr, Commissioner, Washington County – Past President


  • Rushern Baker III, County Executive, Prince George’s County
  • Charles Fisher, Commissioner, Somerset County
  • Matthew Holloway, Council Vice President, Wicomico County
  • Kevin Kamenetz, County Executive, Baltimore Countyt
  • Isiah Leggett, County Executive, Montgomery County
  • Wilbur Levengood, Jr., Commissioner, Caroline County
  • Sharon Green Middleton, Council Member, Baltimore City
  • Laura Price, Council Member, Talbot County
  • Evan Slaughenhoupt, Jr., Commissioner, Calvert County
  • William “Bill” Valentine, Commissioner, Allegany County

These individuals were elected by the assembled membership at the Inaugural Banquet to serve in the Association’s top leadership positions.

Join the Baltimore Metropolitan Council for a Reception at #MACoCon

The Baltimore Metropolitan Council invites all MACo Winter Conference attend to join their reception on Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge Maryland.

This reception is open to all MACo Winter Conference Attendees. You may register to attend the 2017 MACo Winter Conference online. 

The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) is a nonprofit organization that works with the region’s elected executives to identify mutual interests and develop collaborative strategies, plans and programs that will help improve the quality of life and economic vitality.

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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1 Way to Get the Most Out of #MACoCon – NEW MOBILE APP!

MACo’s Winter Conference is just ONE WEEK AWAY!

Preview the event by checking out the schedule, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees through our NEW mobile app, sponsored by Nationwide Retirement Solutions.

Instructions for your FREE download:Whova Photo

  1. Delete the old MACo app, if you have it – this one is all new!
  2. Access the App Store/Google Play: search for “Whova”
  3. Select “Whova—Event Guide”
  4. Sign up in the app with the same email address you used for conference registration
  5. You’re all set. Enjoy!


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2 Stops You Need to Make at #MACoCon

MACo’s 54-booth tradeshow offers products and services ranging from insurance to architecture.

1. Exhibits
Our expanded exhibit space will host 55 exhibitors in the main conference center foyer, in Choptank AB, and on the second floor landing leading to the hotel. View our list of exhibitors and plan to stop by and learn more about their cost-saving products and services.

2. Schneider Electric’s “Life is On” Attendee Lounge
Sponsored by Schneider Electric, the “Life is On” Attendee Lounge (room Skipjack AB) is a space for our conference participants to relax, hold small meetings, or participate in our Sponsor Showcase Sessions. Several of our sponsors will offer 30-minute overviews of specific services and programs that our conference attendees might find useful. Be sure to check out the Showcases schedule and plan to attend a session.

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#MACoCon Academy Electives Highlight Best Practices in Foster Care, Emergencies, Procurement, and Jails

academylogoCounty Fellows of the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance are required to complete 8 Core Courses and 6 Elective Credits – MACo announces 4 Electives to be held at their 2017 Winter Conference.

Core Courses to be offered: Consensus & Teambuilding, Basics of Risk Management, and Public Information Act

Academy Fellows with questions about their transcripts should contact registrar Aisha Washington at or (301) 314-2641.


Buying Into Your Buyers: How to Save Money, Stay Out of Trouble, and Keep Your Procurement Officer Happy

Perplexed by the world of procurement, and not even sure what questions to ask? Trust us: you’re not alone. The complicated web of public purchasing often leaves county officials dazed, confused, and baffled by why their procurement officers seem like they are always saying “no.” But your purchaser is your partner, and wants to save you money, support your needs, and keep you out of trouble. Join county procurement officers for this session on Purchasing 101 – and learn how to get from “no” to the deals you wanted all along.


  • Cherri Branson, Director, Montgomery County Office of Procurement
  • Erin Sher Smyth, City Purchasing Agent, Baltimore City
  • Nicholas Rice, Purchasing Agent, Wicomico County

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 6, 2017; 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm


“What Is Emergency Management?”…and Other Mysteries Revealed

All disasters are local. When disaster strikes, county officials must provide leadership to save lives, mobilize a response, and ensure a quick recovery for their community. Emergency management is a year-round process, a constant loop of preparation, training, testing, and revision that strengthens the resiliency of all county government functions. It ensures the continuity of government in the face of an innumerable number of disasters. In this session, get insight into creating partnerships and programs that will stand up when your county is ‘under water’ ? and gain an understanding of the policy, fiscal, and tactical underpinnings of professional emergency management and disaster recovery.


  • Russell J. Strickland, Executive Director, Maryland Emergency Management Agency
  • Douglas Brown, Emergency Manager, Carroll County and President, Maryland Association of County Emergency Managers
  • Earl Stoddard, Director, Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  • Moderator: Facilitator Chas Eby

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 6, 2017; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Breaking the Mold: Foster Care Collaborations That Work!

Foster care programs operate in all Maryland counties to help provide short- and long-term care and support services to children who are unable to live at home, or who are without a home altogether. There are a range of reasons that children end up in foster care and each child presents a unique set of challenges, considerations, and capabilities. Counties work diligently to provide a safe and nurturing environment in the community for these children to help them transcend their circumstances and reach their full potential. In this session, learn how counties are launching innovative partnerships with public and private entities to ensure the best possible outcomes for children entering, living in, or aging out of the foster care system.


  • Deborah S. Harburger, MSW, Clinical Instructor & Co-Director, Maryland Center Lead Consultant, TA Network, The Institute for Innovation & Implementation, University of Maryland School of Social Work
  • Dina Daly-Director, Caroline County DSS
  • Linda Webb, Director, Talbot County DSS
  • Shalita O’Neal, Founder & CEO, Fostering Change Network; Foster Youth Ombudsman for the Department of Human Services

Date/Time: Thursday, December 7, 2017; 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


No Jail is an Island

At any given point in time county jails collectively house nearly 10,000 inmates in addition to overseeing hundreds of support staff – some manage more people than a small municipality! These jails are charged with helping to protect the safety of the community and rehabilitating those behind the walls who will eventually be returned to the community. They provide an extensive list of services, everything from housing, meals, and health care services, to workforce development services, education, and life skills programs. Smooth operation is key and services need to be cohesive and connected. For the best results, jails partner with a range of public and private entities as well as each other. In this session, learn more about the importance of key partnerships that help keep your jails running safely, efficiently, and effectively.


  • George Kaloroumakis, Director, Wicomico County Department of Corrections
  • Guy Merritt, Chief, Community Corrections Division, Prince George’s County Department of Corrections
  • Russell Wright, Ordinance Road Correctional Center Transition Education Liaison, Anne Arundel Community College Education Coordinator (Corrections)

Date/Time: Thursday, December 7, 2017; 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm


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3 Types of People You’ll Meet at #MACoCon

403 registrants, 54 exhibiting organizations, and 38 sponsoring companies will be present at MACo’s Winter Conference

MACo’s Winter Conference on December 6-8, 2017 will draw hundreds of individuals interested in how to partner across all levels of the public and private sectors to serve Maryland’s residents.

We are expecting about 500 participants:

403 Individuals from all levels of government and the private sector (with more registering daily!) – view the list of organizations they represent!

54 Exhibiting Organizations
representing many different industries from healthcare, to retirement services, to environmental issues and more – read about the exhibitors you’ll meet at the conference.

38 Sponsoring Companies
learn more about who they are and what they are providing for you at the conference

This event should not be missed by those involved in the policy, funding, or operational aspects of county government in Maryland. REGISTER TODAY!

View our registration brochure for more details about our conference sessions.

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Questions? Contact Meetings & Events Director Virginia White.

#MACoCon Sponsors Bring Industry Knowledge, Leadership, and Partner Opportunities

MACo’s Winter Conference would not be possible without the contributions of our generous sponsors. Thank you, sponsors – we truly appreciate your participation and support of the Maryland Association of Counties!


Interested in sponsoring or becoming a Corporate Partner?
Contact Nicolette Querry today!

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#MACoCon Attendees: The Hyatt Is Sold Out. Still Need a Room? We Can Help…

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay
Hundreds of people will gather at the Hyatt, Cambridge to learn, strategize, and build partnerships. Don’t miss it!

MACo’s Winter Conference, December 6-8, will be THE BEST opportunity to meet with local government decision-makers and stakeholders from all levels of government and the private sector. Hundreds are expected to attend – the conference hotel is sold out. Don’t worry: MACo has it covered.

Registered for the conference, but didn’t get a room yet? Not registered yet, but was planning on it soon, and need a hotel room to seal the deal? (Don’t wait – register today!)

Here’s the situation: the Hyatt is sold out. MACo is working with the Hyatt to reserve rooms for our guests as they become available, which sometimes happens when other guests’ plans change and their rooms are canceled.

If you’d like a room at the Hyatt, please contact Allison Valliant with your desired check-in and check-out dates. We’ll add you to our waitlist and do our best to get you a room at the Hyatt. We can’t guarantee a room, but we’ll do what we can.

In the meantime, please reserve a room across the street at the Holiday Inn Express.

MACo has reserved a block of rooms there at a discounted rate:

Holiday Inn Express
2715 Ocean Gateway, Cambridge, MD  21613
Rate: $97 nightly plus tax
Phone: 410-221-9900, mention MACo
Online: Holiday Inn Express Cambridge Reservations, code: MCO

You can always cancel a room at the Holiday Inn if a Hyatt room becomes available. Book now, and plan to join us on December 6-8! You definitely don’t want to miss this…


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Make Connections at the #MACoCon Schneider Electric ‘Life is On’ Lounge

schneider_electric-logoWe would like to thank Schneider Electric for sponsoring the “Life Is On” Lounge at this MACo Winter Conference, Dec. 6-8.

The “Life Is On” Lounge is a special space for our attendees to meet in small groups, take phone calls, or catch up on email. It’s the perfect place to handle a bit of office work or talk about a potential partnership with a vendor or new connection!

Whether you’re preparing your community for the future by modernizing infrastructure or taking on new endeavors, Schneider Electric can help enable your vision through innovative solutions and creative funding leveraged through a comprehensive capital recovery and reinvestment program.

Their experts will help you reinvest in your city, county or state agency to:

  • Drive revenue and growth
  • Alleviate deferred maintenance
  • Modernize facilities and technology
  • Strengthen your municipality’s brand
  • Engage citizens

Thank you Schneider Electric for supporting the Maryland Association of Counties!

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