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FRIDAY, August 11: Last day for pre-registration
WEDNESDAY, August 16: On-site registration opens

Featuring more than 126 Speakers – All Experts and Leaders in their Fields!

Here are a few of our distinguished speakers…

The Honorable Ben Cardin
United States Senator
Town Hall Forum with US Senator Cardin
Thursday, August 17
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

The Honorable Dutch Ruppersberger
United States Representative
The Voice of Entrepreneurship: Who Has the Perfect Pitch for Maryland?
Friday, August 18, 2017
9:00 am – 10:45 am


The Honorable Larry Hogan
Governor of Maryland
Governor’s Closing Address
Saturday, August 19, 2017
11:30 am – 12:30 pm


Rohit Bhargava
Founder, Influential Marketing Group
Keynote Presentation: How to Use Stories to Build Trust
Thursday, August 17, 2017
9:00 am – 10:00 am

Tami Howie

Tami Howie
Chief Executive Officer, Maryland Tech Council
The Voice of Entrepreneurship: Who Has the Perfect Pitch for Maryland?
Friday, August 18, 2017
9:00 am – 10:45 am

Gregory Branch, MD, MBA, CPW, FACP
President, Maryland Association of County Health Officers
Learn to Save a Life at #MACoCon – Overdose and CPR Training
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Caryn York
Executive Director, Job Opportunities Task Force
Second Chance for Workplace Success – A Good Program is Good for Your County
Thursday, August 17, 2017
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Julia Lenzer
Associate Vice President of Innovation and Economic Development and Co-Director of UM Ventures, University of Maryland
Headsets On: Get Ready for Virtual Reality and the Social Shake-Up
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Clay Stamp
Executive Director, Governor’s Opioid Operational Command Center
Opioid Forum: Combating the Crisis
Saturday, August 19, 2017
10:00 am – 11:15 am

“Chasing the Dragon” Opioid Addiction Documentary at #MACoCon

The FBI and DEA have released Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict a documentary intended to educate students and young adults on the dangers of drug abuse through startling first-person accounts of those who have suffered the consequences.

The 45-minute film, whose title refers to the never-ending pursuit of the original or ultimate high, features stark first-person accounts told by individuals who have abused opioids or whose children have abused opioids, with tragic consequences.

“This film may be difficult to watch,” explains FBI Director James Comey, “but we hope it educates our students and young adults about the tragic consequences that come with abusing these drugs and that it will cause people to think twice before becoming its next victim.”

And according to Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg, “The numbers are appalling—tens of thousands of Americans will die this year from drug-related deaths, and more than half of these deaths are from heroin and prescription opioid overdoses. I hope this [documentary] will be a wakeup call for folks.”

Visit the FBI Chasing the Dragon website for more information including discussion guides and behind the scenes materials.

Join us for a screening of Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict at the 2017 MACo Summer Conference. The screening will be held from 9:00 am – 10:0 0am on Saturday, August 19.

The MACo Summer Conference is August 16-19, 2017 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. This year the conference’s theme is “You’re Hired!”

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U.S. Senator Ben Cardin to Give Federal Update in #MACoCon Town Hall Forum

Senator Cardin is a national leader on health care, retirement security, and fiscal issues.

Congress’s decisions on transportation, education, healthcare, and the environment affect every state in the country and each county in Maryland. To learn more about Congressional policies and what they mean for your county, attend this year’s MACo Summer Conference.

At this year’s Conference, you can hear an update on the happenings in Congress directly from US Senator, Ben Cardin during a Town Hall meeting moderated by Brian Bowden, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties.

Here are details of the Town Hall at MACo:

Title: Update with US Senator Cardin


In a town hall setting, Senator Cardin will give an update on legislation in the 115th Congress and speak with county elected officials about their top priorities. Senator Cardin has been a national leader on health care, retirement security, and fiscal issues as a member of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. He is also a leading advocate for the Chesapeake Bay – the economic, historical, and cultural heart of Maryland. Senator Cardin was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006. He is a senior member of the Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW) and Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee and serves on the Senate Finance Committee (SFC).


Date/Time: Thursday, August 17, 2017; 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

The MACo Summer Conference will be held August 16-19, 2017 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City Maryland. This year the conference’s theme is “You’re Hired!”

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Thank You to our Generous #MACoCon Sponsors!

MACo’s Summer Conference is next week, August 16-19 – we’d like to thank all of our sponsors for their support!

Event & Food Sponsors:

General Sponsors:

Mobile App Sponsor:

Golf Tournament Sponsors:

Program Ad Sponsors:

Tech Expo:

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Business, Manufacturing, Cybersecurity, and Construction Combine at the #MACoCon Governor’s Cabinet Reception

MACo would like to thank the Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA), the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Conduent, and Global Automakers Association for sponsoring the Governor’s Cabinet Reception the MACo’s Summer Conference, this August 16-19 in Ocean City, MD. The Governor’s Cabinet Reception will allow conference guests to meet members of the Governor’s Cabinet over refreshments.

The Maryland Building Industry Association is a not-for-profit trade organization representing the interests of over 1,100 member firms and more than 100,000 employees, including home builders, remodelers, developers and affiliate professional and service providers in the Maryland Counties of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s as well as Baltimore City, the Eastern Shore and Washington, DC.

The Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc. (CAMI) is a statewide, 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization formed in 2015 to identify Maryland’s cybersecurity product and service companies and facilitate the introduction of those companies to businesses, government entities, nonprofit organizations and academic institutions seeking cybersecurity solutions. CAMI’s mission is to create a global cybersecurity marketplace in Maryland and generate thousands of high-pay jobs through the cybersecurity industry.

Global Automakers is the voice of international automobile manufacturers that design, build, and sell motor vehicles in the United States.

Conduent is the world’s largest provider of diversified business process services with leading capabilities in transaction processing, automation, analytics and constituent experience. We work with both government and commercial customers in assisting them to deliver quality services to the people they serve.

Check out Cybersecurity Association of Maryland at the Tech Expo at Booth 2!

Thank you for your generous support as Summer Conference Sponsors!

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UMES Helps Bring All of Maryland to the Shore at #MACoCon

UMESThanks, University of MD Eastern Shore, for being the host of the Taste of Maryland Reception at the MACo Summer Conference!

The Taste of Maryland Reception showcases everything Maryland has to offer—food and beverages from the shore to the mountains and everything in between—all produced in Maryland. Hundreds of conference participants will attend this session to sample locally produced food and beverages and learn more about Maryland’s tourism and agritourism industries!

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) is the Eastern Shore’s Doctoral Research Institution. UMES offers a diverse array of accredited academic programs blending a time-honored curriculum with instruction in contemporary fields such as allied health, aviation engineering technology, criminal justice, hospitality/tourism and PGA-Certified professional golf management.

UMES was founded in September 1886 by the Methodist Episcopal Church as a prep school with three teachers and nine students. Today, it is a vibrant, 1,138-acre doctoral research university with 170 full-time faculty members and 4,000-plus students, two-thirds of whom are African-American.

Fifteen miles from the Chesapeake Bay and 25 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, UMES’ attracts a multi-cultural student body from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and perspectives. As an 1890 land-grant institution, its focus is on teaching, research and outreach – with an emphasis on stewardship of the environment, land and sea.

Thank you University of MD Eastern Shore for supporting MACo’s Summer Conference!

For more information about UMES, visit them at the Taste of MD Reception on Thursday!

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1 Way to Get the Most Out of #MACoCon


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MACo’s Mobile App, sponsored by Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company, offers the absolute best digital experience for MACo’s Summer Conference.

To download the app, go to www.mdcounties.org/MobileMACo on your smartphone or tablet. Enter your username and password and then you’re ready to go! (If you haven’t yet received your invitation email, please check your Clutter or Junk folders for an email from “Mobile MACo”)

If you downloaded last year’s app, there’s no need to re-download! Just log out and select the 2017 Summer Conference.

(Contact vwhite@mdcounties.org if you need help logging in)

Watch this short 3-minute video to learn more about how to use the app!

Features of the new Mobile MACo App include:

  • Activity Feed to share your conference experiences with other attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors – this is the first screen the app opens onto, so you’re always in the loop!
  • Full menu functions to search through – tap the Menu icon in the top left corner of the screen to access all of the features of the app
  • Agenda of all Conference Events – select which sessions you plan to attend, then export them to your device calendar!
  • Lists of Attendees, Exhibitors, Sponsors, & Speakers – see who’s going to be at MACo’s Summer Conference!
  • Map – find your way around the Convention Center and the Exhibit Halls using our maps

THANK YOU to Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company for sponsoring the mobile app!

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Help a Local Charity Win $5,000 at #MACoCon

MACo’s Summer Conference will feature a competition for attendees to choose the Best County Booth – highlighting county economic development efforts and charity priorities. Sponsored by the MD-DE-DC Beverage Association.

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WHO? County booths will be competing for the chance to select a charity in their jurisdiction to win the $5,000 CASH PRIZE!! Attendees will vote on the Best County Booth.

WHAT? Sponsored by the MD-DE-DC Beverage Association, this fun“Best County Booth” competition gives participants a chance to vote for their favorite booth: based on their economic development initiatives, friendly staff, decor, tasting samples, or their selected charity!

WHEN? Thursday, August 17, 4:30 pm—6:30 pm

WHERE? Bayfront Hall

WHY? Let’s celebrate the economic development, tourism, and charity initiatives and priorities from across our state!

HOW? Registered conference attendees with tickets to attend the Taste of Maryland Reception can trade their ticket for a voting token—and drop it in the container for their favorite booth!

The $5,000 grand prize will be awarded to the winning county’s charity on Saturday at the Governor’s Closing Address.

From Robots to Data Storage, You’ll Find IT at #MACoCon’s Tech Expo

MACo’s Tech Expo is a new and highly anticipated feature of the Summer Conference. On August 16, nearly 50 technology vendors will be on hand to talk about their technology products, services, and best practices. Hundreds of county and state officials and decision-makers will be there to shop for services from data storage to cybersecurity and everything in between. Don’t miss it. Register today!

Here’s a list of our Tech Expo Vendors:

Company Booth #
Anchor Technologies, Inc. 32
Avaya 43
AVI-SPL, Inc 42
Baltimore City Community College 06
Braxton Grant Technologies 31
Carousel Industries 09
CDW-G 29/30
Comcast 08
Commvault 05
Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc. 2
Daly Computers, Inc. 7
Data Networks of America 3
Datrium 39
ePlus Technology Inc. 20
Esri 41
Freedom Broadband 24
GovDeals, Inc. 04
Governor’s Office of Performance Improvement 46
Juniper Networks 19
KCI Technologies, Inc. 17
Lenovo 26
Maryland Department of Natural Resources 49
Maryland Libraries 22
Maryland Relay 48
Maryland Tech Council 34
MD iMAP 40
Motorola Solutions, Inc. 12
Multivista 27
Musco Sports Lighting 13
NIC Maryland 21
Palo Alto Networks 38
Phillips Office Solutions 11
Pivot3 02
Presidio 23
Prosys Information Systems 47
Regent Development Consulting, Inc. (RDC) 45
Ricoh USA, Inc. 25
Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. 14
ShoreScan Solutions 16
Splunk 10
Sprint 01
Sunrise Solutions 37
Supply Solutions, LLC 28
The Canton Group 36
Tomi Environmental Solutions 35
Verizon 18
We Work For Health – Maryland 33

View the Tech Expo floorplan.
And don’t miss our Tech Expo educational sessions!

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2 Things You Should Do TODAY (if you haven’t already)

This Friday, August 4, 2017 is the deadline for Regular Registration rates to attend MACo’s Summer Conference. That means Late Registration rates take effect on August 5. REGISTER TODAY for our lowest available rates.

2. Check out the Program of Events
The full program of events and educational sessions is now available: View the Program. Take a look and plan which sessions, meetings, and events to attend!

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