Book Your Hotel for 2021 Summer #MACoCon Today!

MACo’s Summer Conference is scheduled for August 18-21, 2021 in Ocean City, MD. Book your hotel today! MACo announced in February our plans to move forward with an in-person Summer Conference. The schedule, exhibit hall registration, and attendee registration are still in the re-structuring phases as we account for new safety protocols, but we are pleased to announce the list of discounted hotel room blocks. Roland Powell Convention Center Some blocks will sell out before…

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MACo’s Hiring! Are You a Communications Rockstar? Apply by March 26

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 Yesterday’s Frustrations Hijack Today’s Successes

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. Along any journey, we’ll make mistakes. We’ll make improper decisions and have illogical actions. It’s been said that these missteps in our past — our past actions — cannot be erased. That’s true and simply means that the consequences of your actions never leave…

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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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