MACo Welcomes Correctional Healthcare Provider, PrimeCare Medical, as Newest Corporate Partner

PrimeCare Medical, Inc., providers of correctional healthcare, have signed on as MACo’s newest Bronze Corporate Partner.

PRIMECARE_logo_newPrimeCare Medical, Inc. is committed to managing and reducing risk in correctional healthcare by providing cost-effective quality healthcare management, continuously improving the standards of care and striving for national accreditation for all facilities. Dedicated to correctional healthcare, PrimeCare Medical prides itself on strong client relationships, and effective and efficient management of healthcare services – heralding these attributes as hallmarks of their success. PrimeCare Medical provides comprehensive healthcare services to county jails, prisons, and juvenile detention centers throughout the Northeastern United States, specializing in correctional healthcare management through the significant contributions and strong moral values of their employees. Learn more about PrimeCare Medical.

County governments are always looking for new ways to deliver efficient and effective services to their constituents. MACo’s Corporate Partner Program was established to provide a forum for companies and organizations to market themselves to county decision-makers. Through the exchange of ideas and information, lasting partnerships have been formed. For more information, contact Leslie Velasco.

Opportunities Abound – Connect with Counties at #MACoCon

Support the work of Maryland county government and become a trusted resource by sponsoring MACo’s Summer Conference.

More than 2,000 stakeholders in local government will gather in Ocean City on August 16-19, 2017 for four days of educational workshops, exhibit shows, and networking events. Be visible – decision-makers from all levels of the public and private sector will be there!

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As a sponsor of MACo’s Summer Conference, you will have the opportunity to get your company’s name, products, and services in front of the people you want to reach – leaders and stakeholders in local government.

View the 2017 Summer Conference Sponsorship Brochure. All sponsor information will be displayed on signage, online, in the printed program, and in our mobile app.

Sponsorships are going quickly, but here are a few high-visibility opportunities we have left:

Power Zone Lounge Attendee Lounge – Provide the space for attendees to check email, print materials, or hold small meetings while at the conference. This high-traffic lounge hosts the mobile device charging station, Cyber Cafe, and our very popular Sponsor Showcase Sessions. Sponsor may have a rep and promo materials in the room, along with naming rights to the lounge!  Learn more.
MACO-DAY2-SUMMERCONFERENCE2016-GLG187 Taste of Maryland Reception Host – Welcome attendees to this highly anticipated reception where we’ll showcase food and beverage samples from across Maryland. Greet the guests from your promotional materials table. Sponsor logo will be included on cocktail napkins, if confirmed by June 15! Learn more.
Mobile MACo - Activity Feed Mobile App Co-Sponsor – This must-have conference navigation tool is second-to-none! Robust registrants, sponsor, and exhibitor profiles help attendees make connections. The activity feed allows attendees to share their conference experience. Interactive maps will get you from Room 201 to Booth 325. Bring this valuable tool to our attendees and you’re sure to be recognized! Learn more.
Gov Cab Reception Governor’s Cabinet Reception Co-Sponsor – Another highlight of our conference, this reception allows participants to speak directly with the Governor, Lt. Governor, and State Secretaries. Be visible! This reception is a great way to get your name in front of Maryland’s leaders. Learn more.
crab feast Crab Feast – This is our LARGEST NETWORKING EVENT of Summer Conference – it should not be missed by those companies wishing to do business with Maryland’s local governments! Sponsorship options include the band, ice cream, cups, and buffet. Learn more.
email Daily Conference Email – Help our attendees know what they shouldn’t miss each day of the conference! MACo sends a daily conference email detailing hot topics and updates for each day of the conference. Sponsor’s logo, description and link will be displayed in the body of every email which gets sent to all registrants, exhibitors, speakers, and sponsors. 56% open rate = 1,400+ daily views! Learn more!

Buffet Lunches, All-Day Beverage Stations, Chair Drops, and So Much More!

View our 2017 Summer Conference Sponsorship Brochure to see other available options, or contact Meetings & Events Director Virginia White at

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Discuss Short-Term Rentals, Infrastructure, Hiring Practices & More in #MACoCon Sponsor Showcase Sessions

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MACo’s Summer Conference will hold Sponsor Showcase Sessions to educate attendees about specific sponsor products and services, or their involvement in policy issues on the local level.

REGISTER TODAY and join MACo conference participants to learn about these topics and more, August 16-19, 2017. View the full conference schedule, including ALL session descriptions.


The Sponsor Showcase Session schedule is below:


8:15 AM – 8:45 AM:

LGIT – Hot Products!

Sponsor: Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT)

Description: Looking for courses on any of the following: Human Resources, Management, Finance & Grants, Productivity, Safety & Environment, Transit Operations, Water & Wastewater, Law Enforcement, Health & Wellness? Learn how to access all of these courses through LGIT’s Online Campus. Also, learn about LGIT’s HR Compliance Portal where you can print state and federal posters, build a handbook, and much more.

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM:

Protecting People and Communities Amidst Major Changes in the Accommodations Industry

Sponsor: Maryland Hotel Lodging Association

Description: With home sharing and short term online rentals on the rise, what can you do to maintain neighborhood integrity and prioritize guest safety? Join leaders of Maryland’s hotel community for a discussion on existing regulations in the accommodations industry and efforts to regulate short term online rentals around the country. They will discuss best practices in the areas of taxation, health and safety regulations, licensing, and zoning rules to provide you with the tools you need to protect your community.

11:30 AM – Noon:

Hidden Assets, Visible Gains: How Investment in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grows the Local Economy

Sponsor: Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)

Description: Infrastructure investment is touted as the springboard to economic growth. However, federal and state “infrastructure” dollars are generally reserved for those projects that can be seen: streets and roads, bridges, ports, airports, etc. What about the infrastructure that you can’t see, but use every day? Throughout Maryland, deferred investment in water and wastewater infrastructure systems not only poses a public health threat, but an economic one as well. Join WSSC, the state’s largest water and wastewater utility, for a look at how investment in their infrastructure can equal growth in the economies of Maryland’s counties.

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM:

Aetna’s Response to the Opioid Epidemic: A case study of health plan resource and response for the community.

Sponsor: Aetna

Description: Opioid epidemic is a complicated public health issue requiring a coordinated and integrated approach. This presentation will describe Aetna’s approach to the crisis by reducing the supply of opioids, supporting appropriate prescribing, reducing harm from problematic use, and supporting individuals who have developed substance use disorder. Integration of this approach with the community employers, providers and government will be described.

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM:

Telemedicine and Your Workforce

Sponsor: Kaiser Permanente Health Foundation of Mid-Atlantic States

Description: At Kaiser Permanente we believe in providing our members the “Right Care, at the Right Time, in the Right Setting.” In today’s fast paced environment where time is at a premium, many employees struggle to carve out time to care for their personal health and well-being – so Kaiser is bringing health care services to our members, wherever they are. Attend this session to learn more about the cost-saving, time-saving tools and resources Kaiser can provide your employees. Employees will be more engaged in their healthcare, so employers will see improvement in absenteeism, presenteeism, employee turnover, and worker’s compensation claims. Find out more about how Kaiser Permanente continues to change the face of healthcare and what that could mean for your organization or county government.


10:00 AM – 10:30 AM:

Everybody Wins: Getting Maryland Customers to Take Action to Reduce Energy Use

Sponsor: Pepco Delmarva Power

Description: Today’s utility customers expect personalized choice and control—Pepco and Delmarva Power’s energy efficiency programs offer just that. Supporting the EmPOWER Maryland Act, these programs educate customers about energy use and offer cash incentives for taking action. Grounded in data-driven research, Pepco and Delmarva Power get the right message to the right customer at the right time and place. Come learn about ways these utilities help customers save energy and money for years to come.

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM:

Women in Retirement: INVEST in YOURSELF – Empower Your Future.

Sponsor: Nationwide Retirement Solutions

Description: Today’s Women are more successful than ever before. Yet many women remain unaware of issues that may be critical to their long-term welfare and shy away from taking an active role in investment planning. What’s your future worth? Empower your future by learning more about the financial components of investing, key issues impacting modern women, and ways to potentially increase your retirement income.

11:30 AM – Noon:

The Impact of Your Hiring Practices on Your Bottom Line

Sponsor: Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company

Description: During this time of economic expansion, it is important for employers to remember the impact of their hiring practices on their workers’ compensation program. Successful workers’ compensation programs focus on accident prevention and begins with the hiring process. An employer’s first step toward injury prevention is to ensure candidates are an appropriate match for the responsibilities of the open position. Inexperienced or ill-equipped employees can have profound impact on an employer’s bottom line. Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company will discuss several points during the hiring process where employers have the opportunity to promote and maintain their commitment to a safe workplace environment.

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM:

Leveraging State Tools to Achieve Community Benefits

Sponsor: Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development

Description: Learn about tools available through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development to help small businesses and residents thrive. This session will focus on programs that your county can leverage to benefit your constituents, including energy and weatherization, small business lending, and blight removal initiatives.

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Rohit Bhargava to Keynote #MACoCon – Building Trust Through Storytelling

MACo’s Summer Conference Keynote Speaker, Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Author Rohit Bhargava, will share the secrets of powerful storytelling to persuade, inspire, and build trust.

Rohit Bhargava, MACoCon Keynote Speaker

MACo’s Summer Conference will be August 16-19, 2017 in Ocean City, MD. 2,000+ individuals are expected to attend – influential leaders and stakeholders from all levels of Maryland’s government and the private sector. The conference theme – “You’re Hired!” – will focus on economic development and building job growth in Maryland. View the brochure for the full schedule and session descriptions.

Join MACo’s attendees on August 17 at 9:00 am to hear from Keynote Speaker, Rohit Bhargava, as he helps government officials and others understand how to establish strong and lasting trust through building connections in storytelling.

How to Tell Stories to Build Trust
Why are some leaders more effective than others? What separates companies that have their customers’ true loyalty and even love, from those that desperately cling to promotions to entice unwilling buyers? And how can you use what they know to promote your county or organization? Based on years of work advising some of the largest brands in the world on being more influential, Wall Street Best Selling author Rohit Bhargava will reveal the secrets of how to build trust and use the age-old principles of powerful storytelling to persuade anyone, be more inspiring, and share your story with the world in a way that stands out.

Rohit Bhargava is a trend curator, marketing expert, storyteller and the Wall Street Journal best-selling author of five books including Non-Obvious and Likeonomics. After spending 15 years leading brand strategy at two of the most highly respected marketing agencies in the world (Ogilvy and Leo Burnett), Rohit left the corporate world to become an entrepreneur and is currently the founder of multiple companies including the Influential Marketing Group and Ideapress Publishing. He teaches marketing and storytelling at Georgetown University and regularly travels the world as an entertaining, humble, and non-boring keynote speaker.

REGISTER TODAY to learn from Rohit and other expert speakers!

Thanks to MACo’s Keynote Sponsor, the Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT), for bringing Rohit to the conference!

Learn more about MACo’s Summer Conference:

MACo Welcomes Bill2Pay as New Silver Corporate Partner

MACo is pleased to welcome Bill2Pay as a MACo Silver Corporate Partner.Bill2Pay

Bill2Pay’s strong commitment to provide the most complete and accurate billing & payment processing services to Tax Collectors is second to none. Bill2Pay leverages decades of industry knowledge to blend traditional practices with modern technology to deliver unparalleled billing and payment solutions. Bill2Pay specializes in providing custom solutions for the Tax Collector market. (Learn more)

Learn more about MACo’s Corporate Partner Program or contact Leslie Velasco for more details!

Too Good to Miss: #MACoCon Session Descriptions Now Available

MACo’s highly anticipated “You’re Hired!” Summer Conference Registration Brochure is now available – with the full schedule and session descriptions.


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You’re Hired!

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

The theme –  “You’re Hired!” – will focus on Maryland’s 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.


#MACoCon Fast Facts:

  • Estimated 2,000+ participants: local government officials, county staff decision-makers, legislators, business representatives, and exhibitors
  • 30+ educational sessions
  • 250 exhibiting companies
  • Wednesday Tech Expo will give attendees the chance to explore Biotech and Virtual Reality and what these technologies mean for Maryland counties
  • Splash Dash 5K and Fun Run/Walk offers a fun and healthy networking activity while giving your county the chance to win $5,000 for a charity of its choice!
  • Participants will learn about:
    • Technological advances to help them solve common government issues
    • Cyber-related trends to notice and threats they should avoid
    • Strategic partners available at all levels of government and the private sector, so that Maryland’s counties can be leaders on the digital frontier of local governance

Learn more about MACo’s Summer Conference:


Back by Popular Demand: Tech Expo Makes #MACoCon Wednesday a MUST

MD Tech CouncilMACo and the Maryland Tech Council are proud to present the Tech Expo on Wednesday of Summer Conference for intense hands-on training in new and developing technologies.

MACo’s 2017 Summer Conference will focus on counties as employers and as employer magnets, drivers of the economy. As always, the conference will feature 4 days of  educational sessions along with meetings, briefings, and a 2-day tradeshow of 220+ exhibiting companies. View the registration brochure.

To add to the learning opportunities, MACo is planning a Tech Expo for Wednesday, August 16. Partnering with the Maryland Tech Council, MACo is proud to bring our attendees two Deep Dive sessions focusing on Biotech and Virtual Reality. Participants will learn what’s next for county governments on the technology frontier. The sessions will be very in-depth and interactive.

robotTechnology vendors will be highlighted through a special 50-booth one-day table-top exhibit show on Wednesday. Vendors will participate in a fast-paced IGNITE! Switch Pitch session where county officials will have the opportunity to name a technology need or challenge and have the vendors respond with possible solutions they can provide.

More information will be available soon, but the Deep Dive sessions are developing quickly:

BIOTECH BAIT: Can Maryland Net a Boom in Biotechnology?
Maryland counties have a big stake in a potential boom of the biotechnology industry – if Maryland lands it. What is the county role in making Maryland an international hub for biotech? In this session, industry leaders share what they are looking for when they scope new locations, and what they need to grow in the land of crabs and corn.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Headsets On: Get Ready for Virtual Reality and the Social Shake-Up
Virtual reality is one of the hottest and most mysterious types of tech. Virtual reality’s tempting serum, poured over snowballing social media use, could turn the way that government interfaces with the public into one heck of a snow cone. VR applications for county governments already include tourism, economic development, and information science, with more to come. Join this session to hear more about the opportunities presented by virtual reality and its integration with county services.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

You don’t want to miss this new and exciting offering – be sure you register for either a Wednesday-only or a Full Conference registration through our registration website.

There is no additional fee to participate in the Expo – it comes with your Wednesday or Full registration!

VENDORS: Interested in being showcased in this special Wednesday-only table-top tradeshow? You’ll like the price. View the Tech Expo Brochure.
Register online as a vendor or contact Leslie today – spaces are limited!

Learn more about MACo’s Summer Conference:

Lace Up Your Running Shoes to Win $5K for Charity at #MACoCon

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5K and Fun Run/Walk

Thursday, August 17, 2017
6:30 am – 8:00 am
Ocean City Inlet to 17th St (and back)

LEAD SPONSOR: MD-DE-DC Beverage Association

Join MACo Summer Conference participants and others for a fun and healthy networking opportunity on Thursday, August 17. Run or walk as an individual or as part of a county team, but be sure you get out there and enjoy the boardwalk, some friendly competition, and the waters, sports drinks, and other soft drinks provided by the MD-DE-DC Beverage Association.


County teams will have the opportunity to race in competition to earn $5,000 for a charity in their county. Each county may select ONE TEAM of THREE racers. The team with the lowest average race time will win!

Prizes and medals will also be awarded to individual racers by age group.


What are you waiting for? Register today!

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The Wait is Over. Check Out These #MACoCon Session Titles…


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MACo’s Summer Conference is August 16-19, 2017 and you’ll want to go ahead and mark your calendar. The theme –  “You’re Hired!” – will focus on both counties as employers and counties as economic drivers who bring large employers to our state. REGISTER TODAY!

More details on the schedule and descriptions of the sessions will be available soon, but check out these session titles for a taste of what we have planned:

Academy for Excellence in Local Governance Core Courses:

General Sessions:

  • The Voice of Entrepreneurship: Who Has the Perfect Pitch for Maryland?
  • Markets, He Wrote:  Looking for Clues into the Economy’s Direction
  • Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need. . .Roads: Career Training Transports Maryland Students
  • Opioid Forum: Combating the Crisis

Tech Expo:

  • BIOTECH BAIT: Can Maryland Net a Boom in Biotechnology?
  • Goggles On: Get Ready for Virtual Reality and the Social Shake-Up
  • Meet Your Match: Solutions to County IT Challenges

Affiliate Sessions:

  • ABCs of the ACA, AHCA, and Health Care in America
  • Attacking the Opioid Epidemic: A Collaborative Approach
  • “Dude, What’s My Job?” – Understanding, Attracting, and Retaining Your Millennial Workforce
  • Environmental Justice and County Land Use: Finding the Win-Win Scenario
  • Flushing Your Troubles Down the Drain, the South Kent Island Experiment
  • I’ll Drink to That: Crafting Jobs with Breweries, Distilleries, and Wineries
  • NO VACANCY: Revitalizing Vacant and Blighted Properties
  • Parks & Recreation: A Healthy (and Wealthy) Investment
  • Perfecting the Potential of Public Private Partnerships
  • Round Up the (Un)Usual Suspects – There’s a Broader Pool of People for Your Tech Hiring Needs
  • Second Chance for Workplace Success – A Good Program is Good for Your County
  • Serving Those Who Served Our Country
  • Smoothing the Rough Road: Addressing Dementia Challenges
  • The Clean Energy Economy – Generating Jobs, Producing Power
  • The Key to Public Safety: Locking Down Your Hiring Process
  • The New Look Vacation: Opportunities & Responsibilities in the Sharing Economy
  • Walking the Tightrope: Protecting the Public and Energizing the Economy
  • What Will We See in Phase III? A Bay TMDL Update
  • Will Your Next County Employee be…a Robot?


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Make Agritourism a Bumper Crop in Your County – Attend MACo’s FREE Symposium

On June 12, the Maryland Association of Counties will host a one-day symposium to discuss challenges and opportunities posed by agritourism and how embracing this growing industry can benefit your county.

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Agriculture remains a key economic driver for the state of Maryland, but like all successful businesses, agriculture has had to change with the times. Agritourism now plays an increasingly important role in the long-term profitability of agriculture, especially for small- to mid-size farms. However, while most counties have attempted to embrace agritourism, its diverse and sometimes vague nature poses a variety of regulatory challenges – from zoning and building code requirements to health and sanitation issues. Even properly promoting agritourism activities can be a challenge. This symposium will identify the regulatory challenges posed by agritourism and seek to provide potential solutions to those challenges through a collaborative exchange with key stakeholders.

Session Topics

  1. Identifying Agritourism Challenges
  2. County Perspectives on Agritourism
  3. Forum Discussions (covering land use and zoning, health and sanitation, building code compliance, advertising and promotion)

View the agenda.

Mark Your Calendar

Subject: MACo Agritourism Symposium

Date: Monday, June 12, 2017

Time: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Location: Baltimore County Ag Center (1114 Shawan Road, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030)

FREE registration for this event is currently open for MACo members (Maryland county elected/appointed officials and county staff). Nonmembers may contact Allison Valliant to be added to the wait list for this event. Nonmembers may attend for a fee of $75, on a space-available basis – notification of availability will be made on June 5.