Kent Center Receives $5,000 Award to Benefit Adults Needing Special Care

MACo leadership visits Kent Center to deliver $5,000 award check, sponsored by MD-DC-DE Beverage Association.

As part of MACo’s 2017 Summer Conference, the county exhibit booths competed to win a $5,000 award for a charity of their choice. The competition was sponsored by the MD-DC-DE Beverage Association and focused on economic development, county service innovation, and the work of the charities each county represented. The 800+ attendees who participated chose Kent County IT as the winning booth, with Kent Center being the recipient of the $5,000 award.

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MACo Representatives Present Kent Center with $5,000 Award

On October 16, MACo President Jerry Walker (Council Vice Chair, Anne Arundel County) and Immediate Past President John Barr (Commissioner, Washington County), visited Kent Center in Chestertown, MD, to tour the facility and present the award. They were joined by Kent County Administrator Shelley Heller, Kent County IT Project Manager April Bitter, and MACo Member Services Director Virginia White.

Kent Center is the primary provider in Kent and northern Queen Anne’s Counties of daytime, vocational, CSLA, respite, supported employment, and/or residential services for 70 adults. Kent Center’s services are tailored to meet the specific needs of each person they serve, with a team of program coordinators and professionals who focus on enhancing their lives in multi-faceted ways. President Walker and Past President Barr took a tour of the Kent Center facility, meeting the clients and learning about the services provided.

As part of their programming, Kent Center runs a diverse business services program, including a mailing center, assembly and packaging services, confidential shredding, banquet hall rental, and the Kent House Kitchen. The Kitchen serves a daily boxed lunch menu and “cafe to go” meals prepared by their clients and led by Executive Chef Chris Bove.

Kent Center Executive Director Karine Ireland invited all of the participants of the program to be present so they could accept the award together, with special thanks to two of the program participants who traveled to Ocean City to help talk about Kent Center in the Kent County booth. Ms. Ireland noted that the award money would be used to help Kent Center buy new buses and vans to transport their clients and connect them with services and opportunities to make their dreams come true!

MACo and Kent Center thank the MD-DE-DC Beverage Association for their generous sponsorship of this award!

#MACoCon Book Club: If We Can Put a Man on the Moon…

MACo’s Winter Conference, “The Power of Partnership,” on December 6-8, 2017, will feature an exciting new offering: the MACo Book Club.

MACo is excited to launch a “book club” setting with a title that speaks to our ability to work together to accomplish big goals. For our first book club session, we’ve chosen If We Can Put a Man on the Moon…Getting Big Things Done in Government by William Eggers and John O’Leary.

If We Can Put a Man on the Moon CoverFrom the book description: The American people are frustrated with their government–dismayed by a series of high-profile failures (Iraq, Katrina, the financial meltdown) that seems to just keep getting longer. Yet our nation has a proud history of great achievements: victory in World War II, our national highway system, welfare reform, the moon landing. We need more successes like these to reclaim government’s legacy of competence. In “If We Can Put a Man on the Moon,” William Eggers and John O’Leary explain how to do it. At a time of unprecedented challenges, this book, with its abundant examples and hands-on advice, is the essential guide to making our government work better. A must-read for every public official, this book will be of interest to anyone who cares about the future of democracy.

Reviews from GoodReads.com:

  • “The authors use 75 case studies of major public policy initiatives – everything from California’s energy disaster of 2005 to the Boston Public School busing disaster of the 1970s and 80s – and analyze what went wrong and in the case where things went right, how it worked. They formulate a ‘plan for success’… I wish all public servants would read this.”

 

  • “Eggers and O’Leary have done an excellent job in finding and discussing an analytical framework to judge government policy as success or failure. As the title eludes, it is written out of deep respect for the interconnected roles and responsibilities that our society and economy rely upon, and often take-for-granted, from all levels of government institutions in the U.S. I highly recommend this to public policy (and related) majors, public benefit advocates, government affairs staff in private companies, and civil servants (gov employees).”

 

  • “Written by two business gurus and published by the Harvard Business Press, this book should be required reading for anyone connected with government and recommended reading for everyone else! It’s a serious book, leavened by tongue-in-check humor. Case histories abound, with some fascinating details of major governmental successes and failures.”

This interactive session will provide participants the opportunity to read a governance-focused book before the conference and discuss it with fellow readers at the conference. Facilitator Andrew Kleine, Baltimore City Budget Director and the founder of a Baltimore City Government book club, will help guide participants in analyzing the book and sharing experiences, reactions, and insights.

This session is scheduled for December 7, 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm. You must be registered for the conference to attend, so please REGISTER TODAY.

Participants may contact Nicolette Querry to sign up for the book club session and obtain their FREE copy of the book in advance.

Interested in sponsoring the Book Club and giving welcoming remarks to the participants? Contact Nicolette Querry for details.

Learn more about MACo’s 2017 Winter Conference:

MACo Attorneys Conference to Tackle PIA, Open Meetings, Water Issues

County Attorneys, legal, and legislative staff are invited to attend the MACo Attorneys Conference as they discuss the Public Information Act (PIA), Open Meetings Act, water law issues such as pending Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load requirements and ongoing Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit litigation, attorney fee legislation, local government legislative initiatives for the 2018 Session, and other key county legal concerns.

The conference is open to county attorneys, their legal staff, and county legislative staffers. There is no cost to attend but registration is required – please contact Allison Valliant to register. The conference will take place on Wednesday, October 18, at the MACo Office (169 Conduit Street, Annapolis, MD 21401) from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Registration/check-in starts at 9:30 AM and lunch is included.

The conference will take place on Wednesday, October 18, at the MACo Office (169 Conduit Street, Annapolis, MD 21401) from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Registration/check-in starts at 9:30 AM and lunch is included.

Speakers include:

  • The Honorable Brian Frosh, Maryland Attorney General
  • Adam Snyder, Chief Counsel, Opinions, Advice and Legislation Division, Office of the Attorney General
  • Ann MacNeille, Assistant Attorney General and Counsel for Open Meetings Compliance Board, Office of the Attorney General
  • Karen Federman Henry, Assistant Attorney General and Counsel for the Public Information Act Compliance Board
  • Lisa Kershner, Public Access Ombudsman, Office of the Attorney General
  • Chris Pomeroy, President, AquaLaw
  • John Breads, Director of Legal Services, Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT)
  • Matthew Peter, Senior Attorney, LGIT
  • Les Knapp, Legal and Policy Counsel, MACo
  • Bill Jorch, Governmental Relations & Research Associate, Maryland Muncipal League

Please email Allison Valliant at avalliant@mdcounties.org by October 16 if you plan to attend.
If you have any questions regarding the conference’s content please contact Les Knapp at lknapp@mdcounties.org or 410.269.0043.

 

Winter #MACoCon Registration Brochure Now Available – Explore The Power of Partnership!

The Power of Partnership
December 6-8, 2017
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay
Dorchester County, MD

REGISTRATION BROCHURE

Online Registration | Hotel Reservations

County leaders, state and federal government officials, and private industry experts will gather in Dorchester County, Maryland on December 6-8, 2017 for MACo’s Winter Conference, “The Power of Partnership.”

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MACo’s Winter Conference will focus on intergovernmental cooperation and ways that counties can partner with entities in the public and private sector to achieve the best results for Maryland’s residents. Sessions will highlight collaboration across county lines and service areas to address priorities like the opioid epidemic, Next Gen 9-1-1, and the environment, along with other important topics like mutual aid agreements and cooperative purchasing. REGISTER TODAY!

Review the full schedule with session titles and descriptions.

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel discounted room rates:

  • Phone Reservations: 888.421.1442 (must ask for MACo or Maryland Association of Counties rate)
  • Online Reservations: Hyatt’s Online Reservation Portal
  • Rate Deadline: November 13, 2017, while availability lasts – ROOMS ARE LIKELY TO SELL OUT BEFORE THIS DATE – please call as soon as possible!
  • Group Rate: $137 Single/Double Occupancy; $162 Triple Occupancy; $187 Quadruple Occupancy
      • Additional nightly charges apply for smoking rooms (+$20), waterview rooms (+$40), resort view balcony rooms (+$40), and waterview balcony rooms (+$60)

     

    • The MACo Group Rate is good 2 days prior to and 2 days following the conference. The daily Resort Fee of $20 has been waived for MACo conference participants staying at the hotel
    • Hotel Cancelation must be made 72 hours prior to arrival date to get a full refund. Guests may change date of departure only at check-in to avoid additional fees

Learn more about MACo’s 2017 Winter Conference:

Deadline Approaching for MACo Public Service and Innovation Awards

MACo invites nominations for the Marilyn J. Praisner Public Service Award and the County Innovation Award. DEADLINE: October 11, 2017

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Cecil County Peer Recovery Program with their County Innovation Award

Award nominations should be completed and submitted to the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance through the University of Maryland School of Public Policy no later than October 11, 2017.

The prestigious Marilyn Praisner Public Service Award honors and recognizes current or former elected county officials who have demonstrated outstanding service to a county, his or her constituents, and MACo.

MACo’s “Hall of Fame” award – the County Innovations Award – celebrates superb and leading-edge county programs that improve overall quality-of-life and service delivery for a county’s residents.

Details are included in the application links below.

Please follow the nomination instructions carefully:

Award winners will be celebrated at MACo’s Winter Conference Inaugural Banquet & Awards Ceremony on Thursday, December 7, 2017 in the company of approximately 400 county elected officials and staff, legislators, State and Federal officials, and traditionally, the Governor.

If you have questions about either of these awards, please contact MACo’s Member Services Director, Virginia White.

Upcoming Open Meetings Act Trainings

OMA TrainingThe Academy for Excellence in Local Governance announces additional sessions for their Open Meetings Act training, which meets the State of MD training requirements.

During the 2017 Session, the Maryland General Assembly passed and Governor Larry Hogan signed into law new Open Meetings Act training requirements for public bodies (HB 880 / SB 450). Here are the five things you need to know to be in compliance.

This class provides an overview of Maryland’s Open Meetings Act law, which guides public officials in the requirements for providing public notice of the meetings that public bodies hold to conduct public business and for closing meetings when appropriate. The presenters focus on steps that local governments can take to comply with the law’s application to Maryland local government, discuss some of the cases and complaints that have come before the Open Meetings Compliance Board, and, if time permits, address questions from the audience.
Both of the trainings listed below are open to Maryland county and municipal officials and staff. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

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Registrants do not need to be Fellows in the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance. Fellows will receive Academy credit if they complete the on-site evaluation form. ALL attendees will receive a completion certificate in the mail if they complete the on-site evaluation form and include a mailing address.

October 26
7:30 am – 9:00 am
Navy Stadium
Free
Registration form
This training is part of LGIT’s Annual Meeting. You do not need to attend the entire day’s events to attend the Open Meetings Act Training, but you must register to attend the training using the Open Meetings Act – LGIT Meeting form.

November 2
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Tidewater Inn
$10 registration fee
Registration form
This training is part of the MD Planning Commissioners Conference. You do not register for the entire conference to attend the Open Meetings Act Training. To attend the training, you DO NEED to fill out the Open Meetings Act – MPCC form.

Registration Now Open for Winter #MACoCon – “The Power of Partnership”

The Power of Partnership
December 6-8, 2017
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay
Dorchester County, MD

Online Registration  |  Hotel Reservations

County leaders, state and federal government officials, and private industry experts will gather in Dorchester County, Maryland on December 6-8, 2017 for MACo’s Winter Conference, “The Power of Partnership.”

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MACo’s Winter Conference will focus on intergovernmental cooperation and ways that counties can partner with entities in the public and private sector to achieve the best results for Maryland’s residents. Sessions will highlight collaboration across county lines and service areas to address priorities like the opioid epidemic, Next Gen 9-1-1, and the environment, along with other important topics like mutual aid agreements and cooperative purchasing. REGISTER TODAY!

Sessions and full schedule will be announced soon. Contact Allison Valliant to be added to the notification list.

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel discounted room rates:

  • Phone Reservations: 888.421.1442 (must ask for MACo or Maryland Association of Counties rate)
  • Online Reservations: Hyatt’s Online Reservation Portal
  • Rate Deadline: November 13, 2017, while availability lasts – ROOMS ARE LIKELY TO SELL OUT BEFORE THIS DATE – please call as soon as possible!
  • Group Rate: $137 Single/Double Occupancy; $162 Triple Occupancy; $187 Quadruple Occupancy 
    • Additional nightly charges apply for smoking rooms (+$20), waterview rooms (+$40), resort view balcony rooms (+$40), and waterview balcony rooms (+$60)
    • The MACo Group Rate is good 2 days prior to and 2 days following the conference. The daily Resort Fee of $20 has been waived for MACo conference participants staying at the hotel
    • Hotel Cancelation must be made 72 hours prior to arrival date to get a full refund. Guests may change date of departure only at check-in to avoid additional fees

 

Interested in exhibiting or sponsoring? Details will be available soon.

Navigate Annapolis with MACo’s FREE Legislative Session Training

Every year, MACo offers a Half-Day Annapolis Immersion training program to help county advocates navigate the Maryland General Assembly Session.

MACAnnapolisStateHouseo’s 2017 Half-Day Annapolis Immersion Training will be held on Wednesday, November 8, at the MACo office (169 Conduit Street, Annapolis, MD). Scheduled for 10:00 am – 2:45 pm, this in-depth workshop is FREE for MACo Members (county elected and appointed officials and county professionals).

Register today!

The training features segments on the following topics:

  • Overview of the General Assembly Session and the Legislative Process
  • What is MACo and its Role in the Legislative Process?
  • The Fiscal Note Process
  • The Bond Bill and Budget Hearing Process
  • Tips on Testifying
  • Walking Tour of the State Capitol, Senate, and House Buildings

These topics will be covered by MACo staff, experts from the Department of Legislative Services, and appropriate staff members from House or Senate Committees.

This training has a great mix of information for both seasoned officials and those new to participating in the General Assembly Session. It is appropriate for newly elected officials and new county staff members as an introductory course, but it is also a great refresher course for seasoned elected officials and staff.

Registration is free and is ONLY OPEN for MACo members (Maryland county elected and appointed officials and county professionals).

Space is limited and the deadline is November 1, so please register today!

This event is a membership benefit for MACo Members – only Maryland county elected officials and county staff members are invited to attend. If space is available, other individuals may register for a fee. Please contact Allison at avalliant@mdcounties.org to be added to the waitlist.

MACo Seeks Nominations for Public Service & County Innovation Awards

MACo invites nominations for the Marilyn J. Praisner Public Service Award and the County Innovation Award.

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Cecil County Peer Recovery Program with their County Innovation Award

Award nominations should be completed and submitted to the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance through the University of Maryland School of Public Policy no later than October 11, 2017. Details are included in the application links below.

Please follow the nomination instructions carefully:

Award winners will be celebrated at MACo’s Winter Conference Inaugural Banquet & Awards Ceremony on Thursday, December 7, 2017 in the company of approximately 400 county elected officials and staff, legislators, State and Federal officials, and the Governor.

If you have questions about either of these awards, please contact MACo’s Member Services Director, Virginia White.

2017 Summer #MACoCon Photo Recap

MACo’s 2017 Summer Conference – “You’re Hired!” – on August 16-19 focused on Maryland’s economy, job growth, and ways to bring more businesses to Maryland.

This was MACo’s second record-breaking year in a row with final attendee registration totaling 1,135, exhibit booths coming in at 242, booth staff numbering well over 950, and nearly 50 Tech Expo booths. Thanks to all who participated!

The full conference schedule and program of events can be viewed online.

Save the date for MACo’s next Summer Conference: August 15-18, 2018 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD.

Photography was sponsored and provided by Grant L. Gursky Photography