Leadership Spotlight: Measure What Matters – Only What Matters

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 as part of MACo’s Spotlight on Leadership series. Metrics are part of the performance management system and if not used properly, they can do as much harm as good. Join the thousands of county officials and staff nationwide who have participated in the High Performance Leadership Academy! April Cohort Starting Soon If…

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MACo’s Hiring! Are You a Communications Rockstar? Apply Today!

Are you a savvy communications professional looking to join an expert, innovative, and fun team? Do you love the idea of taking the keys to the very successful MACo blog, social media, and podcast and revving up the engine? Then we're looking for you! Apply today. MACo is seeking a Communications Coordinator to manage our online and in person communications channels. Applications are due by March 26 (instructions listed below). DESCRIPTIONA ‘tech-savvy’ communications expert, the…

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Leadership Spotlight: Don’t Let Actions Get Ahead of Culture

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 as part of MACo’s Spotlight on Leadership series. Aristotle said, “Change in all things is sweet.” From some perspectives, that may be true, but if you’ve ever experienced periods of big transformation or massive and disruptive change, you may very well take issue with Aristotle’s fervor in explaining it with such palatability.…

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Harford County is Accepting Applications for Tourism-Related Nonprofit Funding

Harford County is accepting applications from local nonprofits for funding to promote tourism and related activities in fiscal year 2022. The application deadline is March 19, 2021. In its seventh year, Harford’s competitive funding program was established by County Executive Barry Glassman to reinvest revenue from the hotel/lodging fee in cultural, historical, museum, eco-tourism, and sports-tourism activities.  These attractions benefit local residents and draw visitors from outside the county, generating economic benefits through admissions, dining…

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Howard County Exec: “Exciting Projects on the Horizon” for Ellicott City

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball provided an update on Feb 17 on the Ellicott City Safe & Sound plan - a project announced in Dec 2018, in response to the devastating flooding experienced in that area. County Executive Ball detailed updates of the Ellicott City Safe & Sound Plan in a video message, covering completed or in-progress flood mitigation projects, property acquisition, permitting, and design work. From the Howard County press release: “I am encouraged…

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Leadership Spotlight: Don’t Confuse Effort with Progress or Output with Outcomes

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 as part of MACo’s Spotlight on Leadership series. How often do you greet people throughout the day and ask, “How’s it going?” or “What are you working on?” Probably a lot. How often do you get an immediate response such as, “Wow, there’s a lot going on,” or “We’re really busy working…

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Registration Open for Volunteer MD, Rural MD Council and MD Heritage Area Info Sessions

Together, the Rural Maryland Council, Volunteer Maryland and the Maryland Heritage Area will offer virtual information sessions for attendees to learn more about the organizations and the resources available to rural-serving organizations.  Learn more about the programs and resources available, including RMC's Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF) and Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund (RMPIF).   Volunteer Maryland will share information on their AmeriCorp service training program, and the Maryland Heritage Area will be sharing their grant information on…

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Two Allegany Trails Nominated for Best Recreational Trails in North America

The C&O Canal Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage are both one of 20 recreational trails in the country competing to be named one of the top 10 best trails in North America. As we all know, counties are on the frontlines of the pandemic - our parks and recreation departments, especially, have provided welcomed outdoor activity and safe social distancing options for Maryland residents. C&O Canal Towpath, Allegany County, MD The 10Best USA Today website,…

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U.S. Senator Van Hollen Holds Forum with County Leaders, Supports Wise Vaccine Distribution

On February 8, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen talked with MACo members through a virtual town hall forum - one of the main topics was vaccine distribution. U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen updated approx. 100 county leaders on federal pandemic relief The Senator updated the nearly 100 county elected officials and department leaders on the most recent COVID-19 federal relief package and efforts taken to secure more relief on the local level. He discussed how…

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Leadership Spotlight: Excellence Is Not an Exception

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 as part of MACo’s Spotlight on Leadership series. As you go about preparing to realize your vision, it’s important to plan for excellence. Often — too often, actually — planning efforts are focused on “what” and not “how.” Certainly, knowing what to do is vitally important if you have any chance of…

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