Infrastructure Matters. Call for a #LIFT4MD & Tweet Today!

Our local infrastructure needs a LIFT4MD – a Local Infrastructure Fast Track for Maryland. lift4md-logo

Today, Tuesday, March 7, join MACo and fellow stakeholders in making the call for a #LIFT4MD. Help us get meaningful local infrastructure funding in the State budget, restored highway user revenues, and an honest assessment of the state of all our infrastructure – from wires and rails to pipes and pavement.

Tweet TODAY: Join the #LIFT4MD twitter storm. Post your pictures of broken-down bridges and terra cotta pipes. Show how you’re doing more with less. Use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or all of the above – just be sure to include the hashtag #LIFT4MD.

Follow us at @LIFT4MD on Twitter. Like our Facebook page. Share our website. Join the conversation and join it again.

Local infrastructure requires reliable investment to keep Maryland moving. Recession-driven cost shifts have left local roadways lacking proper maintenance, bridges in dire need, and other public infrastructure neglected. Re-investing in infrastructure – a call being heard at every level of government – is good for Maryland jobs, business attractiveness, and quality of life across the state. Meanwhile, funding for school maintenance, water delivery systems, and public safety centers all lack predictable centralized funding commitments.

Unlike most states and any other state in the northeast or mid-Atlantic United States, Maryland local governments maintain the vast majority of roads in Maryland. The State created the highway user revenue formula in 1968, and for more than forty years afterwards, local governments have received at least 30 percent of these revenues to fund their roads and bridges – 83 percent of the public road mileage in Maryland.

Yet, ever since the Recession, 23 of 24 counties have received 1.4 percent of all highway user revenues, Baltimore City has received 7.5 percent, and municipalities, .3 percent. Counties have missed out on nearly $3 billion since fiscal 2010. That’s a whole Red Line! The local share that used to amount to $535 million has been drastically cut back to $177 million – with a mere $35 million to be shared among 23 county governments (that figure used to be $296 million).

Help us get a Local Infrastructure Fast Track for Maryland – these cost-shifts are not just water under the bridge.

Is civility up for negotiation?

In these days of partisan rhetoric, division within government, and a growing need to work together, it is more important than ever that public officials consider this question.

academylogoGraduates of the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance will have the opportunity to explore the dynamics of civility in government through a new course: Government, Civility, and Negotiation. This one-day session is designed for Academy Graduates – elected and appointed officials of Maryland’s counties and municipalities who are seeking approaches to work more effectively in their communities. This interactive workshop will present a negotiation framework based on the work of Roger Fisher and William Ury.

Captain Mark Adamshick, faculty on leadership and ethics at the US Naval Academy, West Point, and the University of Maryland, will lead participants through case studies and group discussions with the goal of finding methods for negotiation in governance that create atmospheres of respect and collaboration.

To register for the course, participants must be Graduates of the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance. Local government officials with questions about their Academy transcript or status should call the registrar at 301.314.2641 or email her at


Think warm thoughts – register today for #MACoCon!

MACo Summer Conference
You’re Hired!

August 16-19, 2017
Roland Powell Convention Center
Ocean City, Maryland


The 2017 Summer Conference – “You’re Hired!” – will focus on Maryland’s new jobs growth and the wealth of opportunities in industries such as technology, the military, clean energy, the environment, agriculture, and education. Counties play a vital role in creating, maintaining, and growing the jobs in our state. Conference sessions will discuss trending data, best practices, and partnership opportunities to help counties attract and benefit from new jobs and keep our economy on an upward climb. View the preliminary schedule.

MACo’s Summer Conference is accompanied by a 250-booth tradeshow featuring cost-saving products and services from companies across Maryland. State departments and nonprofit organizations also exhibit and talk with attendees about forming partnerships around common goals and issues.

You don’t want to miss this event! Register today!

Registration, Sponsorship, and Exhibitor Brochures will be available soon.

Get an idea of what Summer #MACoCon is like:
2016 MACo Summer Conference Photo Review

See the engagement and excitement around the event:
2016 MACo Summer Conference Twitter Feed

Learn more about MACo’s Summer Conference:


Need County News & Session Updates? (We’ve got you covered!)

Get MACo’s Conduit Street blog articles emailed to you as soon as they’re posted!conduit-street-sign

The expert policy analysts and staff of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) blog daily on Conduit Street about county news and information. 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. Find the box with the title: “Get Updates to Your Email!” (on a desktop or some tablets, it will be in the menu to the right of this post; on a smartphone, it’s at the bottom of the page)

2. Type your email address into the box shown below the title and click the button marked: “Email Updates.”

3. Go to your email Inbox and open the email with the subject: “Follow Conduit Street.”**

4. Click the blue button labeled: “Confirm Follow”

You’re finished! Unless you want to adjust the frequency settings for following Conduit Street, in which case, you can do that from the confirmation window. You can also adjust your settings or unsubscribe at any time using the “Manage Subscriptions” link at the bottom of any Conduit Street update email.

**If you don’t receive the “Follow Conduit Street” confirmation email (step 3, above), you probably will need to change your permissions in your email account to allow emails from (our Conduit Street blog provider). Please read our more detailed instructions, available here. If you have any trouble signing up to receive Conduit Street email updates, please call the MACo office at 410.269.0043.

Winter #MACoCon in Pictures

MACo’s Winter Conference – “An Ounce of Prevention” – on December 7-9, 2016, focused on how counties can prepare to best serve and protect their residents across many different areas of county service. Sessions covered public health, maintaining infrastructure, and strategies to be sure counties are ready for possible emergency scenarios, developing trends, and long-term changes. View the full conference program.

498 attendees and 52 exhibiting companies participated, engaging in educational sessions, briefings, and forums. Read more blog coverage about this event.

Save the date for MACo’s next Winter Conference: December 6-8, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, MD.

Photography was sponsored and provided by Grant L. Gursky Photography



You’re Hired! – Summer #MACoCon to Discuss Job Growth & the Economy

SAVE THE DATE: MACo’s Summer Conference will be August 16-19, 2017 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland.

Governor Hogan giving the 2016 Closing Address at #MACoCon

MACo’s Summer Conference is THE BEST opportunity for Maryland’s county government officials and stakeholders to meet and discuss best practices and opportunities to provide excellent local governance. More than 2,000 individuals participate in the 4-day conference, which includes a 2-day 250-booth tradeshow.

The 2017 Summer Conference – “You’re Hired!” – will focus on Maryland’s new jobs growth and the wealth of opportunities in industries such as technology, the military, clean energy, the environment, agriculture, and education. Counties play a vital role in creating, maintaining, and growing the jobs in our state. Conference sessions will discuss trending data, best practices, and partnership opportunities to help counties attract and benefit from new jobs and keep our economy on an upward climb.

Registration will be open soon! Contact to be added to the mailing list.

Get an idea of what Summer #MACoCon is like:
2016 MACo Summer Conference Photo Review

See the engagement and excitement around the event:
2016 MACo Summer Conference Twitter Feed

Baltimore Co Exec Kamenetz Installed as 2017 MACo President

MACo’s 2017 Officers and Board of Directors were installed on Thursday, December 8, 2016 as part of the Association’s Winter Conference.
The membership of the Maryland Association of Counties voted into office its new slate of Officers and Directors on December 8, 2016. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz accepted the office of President:

I am both proud and humbled to become President of MACo, where we will articulate the budgetary, education, land use and transportation needs of each county.

Read the full Baltimore County press release here.

Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford installed MACo’s Officers and Board as part of the Inaugural Ceremony and Awards Banquet at the Winter Conference in Cambridge, MD, later that same evening. More than 300 people were present at the Banquet to celebrate the Association’s award winners and welcome the newly installed Board.

President Kamenetz noted as part of his acceptance remarks:

As we all know, this past election season has opened up divisions among a lot of people in political life. It has gotten easy to focus on our differences.

Sure, there are differences. But in this room… in this organization… we obviously have a long list of areas where we need one another, and want to work together.

Whether you’re a rural County Commissioner, or an urban County Council Member, whether this is your fourth term or your first week – we are all in this together.

MACo brings all that together. Look at the issues we are talking about at this conference – it’s all right there. Infrastructure. Public Health. The Environment. Our Workforce. Responsible Budgeting.

That’s the bread and butter of local government. And very little of that has an R or D label on it.

Read his full remarks.

MACo’s Board of Directors comprises 16 elected officials, representing the different regions and constituencies of Maryland’s 23 county jurisdictions and Baltimore City. The Board is elected by the membership to serve a one-year term and is installed as part of the Association’s Winter Conference.

1 Awesome Way to Navigate #MACoCon

MACoPrint‘s Mobile App, Mobile MACo, is proudly sponsored by Nationwide Retirement Solutions.

Conference participants: download the app for FREE, thanks to our sponsor!

Available through the App: Conference Schedule; Session Descriptions; Session Locations and Map; Speaker Bios; Exhibitor and Sponsor Information; MACo’s Twitter and Blog Feeds

  • Create your own customized schedule and interact with other participants through our Activity Feed!
  • Sign up for notifications to get updates from MACo staff through the App.

The MACo Conference Mobile App—The County Voice in the Palm of Your Hand!

Learn more about MACo’s Winter Conference:

Questions? Contact Meetings & Events Director Virginia White.

Look Who’s Talking – #MACoCon Speakers Announced


Featuring 70 Speakers – All Experts and Leaders in their Fields!

Here are a few of our distinguished speakers…

The Honorable Ben Cardin
United States Senator
2017 Maryland General Assembly Session Forecast
Friday, December 9, 2016
9:30 am – 10:45 am

The Honorable Boyd Rutherford
Lieutenant Governor of Maryland
Inaugural Banquet & Awards Ceremony
Thursday, December 8, 2016
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Brigadier General Sean Casey  
Director of the Joint Staff, Maryland National Guard
The Maryland National Guard – Your Partner in Emergency Response
Friday, December 9, 2016
8:30 am – 9:00 am

Lynn Y. Buhl, JD
Director, Water Management Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
BATter Up! Understanding the BAT Septic Issue
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Joel Griffith, Esq
Deputy Research Director, National Association of Counties
#LIFT4MD: Local Infrastructure Fast Track for Maryland
Thursday, December 8, 2016
10:30 am – 11:45 am

Gregory Branch, MD, MBA, CPW, FACP
President, Maryland Association of County Health Officers
Learn to Save a Life – Naloxone Training for Opioid Overdoses
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Deputy First Class Tom Wehrle
Harford County Sheriff’s Office
Active Shooter Defense: What You Need to Know
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Leana Wen, MD 
Health Commissioner, Baltimore City
Sowing the Seeds for Strong Communities
Thursday, December 8, 2016<
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Rick Anthony
Director, Anne Arundel County Recreation & Parks
Reconomics 101: Local Parks Yield Big Returns
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

2 Stops You Need to Make at #MACoCon

MACo’s 51-booth tradeshow offers products and services ranging from insurance to architecture.

1. Exhibits
Our expanded exhibit space will host 51 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. Power Zone Lounge
Sponsored by WGL Energy Services, Inc., the Power Zone Lounge (room Skipjack AB) is a space for our conference participants to relax, hold small meetings, charge their mobile devices, 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 Showcase schedule and plan to attend a session.

Learn more about MACo’s Winter Conference: