USDA Rural Investments to Benefit Maryland Facilities

Wednesday, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced they are investing $1B to build and improve critical community facilities in 48 states, Puerto Rico and Guam. Maryland is receiving several economic impact initiative, community facilities, and community facilities disaster grants as a part of this investment. This infrastructure funding will increase access to health care, education and public safety while spurring community development and building sound infrastructure for people living in rural communities. Maryland…

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Infrastructure Subcabinet for Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Implementation Established

Wednesday, Governor Larry Hogan signed an executive order establishing the Governor’s Subcabinet on Infrastructure, consisting of state agencies that will administer funds and advise on the implementation of the federal Infrastructure Investment And Jobs Act (IIJA), and named Deputy Chief of Staff Allison S. Mayer as infrastructure director. “We were proud to help push the federal infrastructure law across the finish line, and it will be a great force multiplier for jobs, economic growth, and…

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Chichi Nyagah-Nash to Serve as Baltimore’s New Deputy City Administrator

Today, the Scott administration announced the departure of Deputy City Administrator Daniel Ramos from the Mayor’s Office. Chichi Nyagah-Nash, currently the Director at the Department of General Services, will serve as the new Deputy City Administrator. “I am truly excited about this new opportunity for Chichi Nyagah-Nash,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “Chichi has been outstanding in her various roles across the City, which have given her a deep understanding of city government operations. She…

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Charles Earns National Budget Award, Certificate for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Charles County Board of Commissioners recognized the Department of Fiscal and Administrative Services for earning the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award and the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). This is the 26th consecutive year that the department has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. This award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental budgeting and…

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Maryland Releases First-of-its Kind Coastal Adaptation Report Card
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Maryland Releases First-of-its Kind Coastal Adaptation Report Card

Last week, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) released an overall B- score for Maryland's adaptation to climate change in coastal areas in their 2021 report card.  Coastal adaptation refers to the actions taken to improve the ability of a community or ecosystem to respond to and withstand climate change impacts. For example, shoreline protection projects provide buffering against storm surges, and green infrastructure can slow stormwater runoff, reducing the impact heavy…

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$37.5M Slated for Mid-Chesapeake Bay Island Ecosystem Restoration

The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) project to use dredged material to restore a pair of vanishing islands off the coast of Dorchester County received a major boost this week with allocation of $37.5 million in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Supplemental FY 2022 Workplan. The funding guarantees construction of the Mid-Chesapeake Bay Island Ecosystem Restoration project, which will restore island habitat at James and Barren islands and help…

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Gov. Hogan Enacts Executive Order, Expands Health Care Staffing

Monday, Governor Larry Hogan enacted an executive order expanding the state’s efforts to support health care facilities in addressing staffing shortages. In addition, the state’s health metrics continue to substantially improve, with COVID-19 hospitalizations dropping at the fastest rate in the United States. “We continue to take short-term actions to support our health care workforce as it deals with the Omicron wave and the influx of unvaccinated patients,” said Governor Hogan. “All of the data…

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St. Mary’s County Administrator Dr. Rebecca Bolton Bridgett to Retire

County Administrator Dr. Rebecca Bolton Bridgett has announced her retirement from St. Mary’s County Government, effective Feb. 1, 2022. Dr. Bridgett has served as County Administrator since her appointment in 2013 by the Commissioners. “During my career at St. Mary’s County Government, I have had the honor of serving our community and working with the brightest and most resourceful leaders who have an equal passion for public service. Together with the Commissioners, I believe we…

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Fun Fact: What County Boasts the Oldest College in Maryland?

If you guessed Anne Arundel County, you are correct! St. John's College, located in Annapolis, was founded in 1696 as King William's School. According to the college's website, St. John’s College is the third oldest college in the United States (reportedly behind Harvard, established in 1636, and College of William and Mary in 1693). Because of its long-standing prominence in early American education, St. John's boasts several notable alumni such as Francis Scott Key who…

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White House To Give 400M Free N95 Masks from Strategic National Stockpile

The White House announced on Twitter Wednesday that the Administration is "making 400 million N95 masks from the Strategic National Stockpile available for free to Americans." Last week, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) updated its guidance on masks to recommend N95 masks, "well-fitting disposable surgical masks and KN95s offer even more protection, and well-fitting NIOSH-approved respirators (including N95s) offer the highest level of protection (CDC)." As a result of this development and the recent…

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