Congress Urged by NACo to Include County Priorities in America COMPETES Act

A bipartisan group of over 80 county elected officials from NACo sent a letter to Congressional leaders and other federal lawmakers urging the inclusion of key county provisions in the America COMPETES Act of 2022. The United States Innovation and Competition Act, knows as the America COMPETES Act, "addresses U.S. technology and communications, foreign relations and national security, domestic manufacturing, education, trade, and other matters" (congress.gov). The Conference Committee, which is comprised of members from the U.S.…

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Summer #MACoCon Details Are Here – View the Registration Brochure!

MACo's Summer Conference is scheduled for August 17-20, 2022, and will be FULLY IN PERSON at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Registration is open, and the full schedule and session details are now available! Register today for MACo’s Summer Conference, themed “Taking Care of Business.” Our society continues to grapple with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. While public health and safety remain the top priority, county government leaders are also exploring…

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County Leaders Gather in Talbot for 2022 MACo Board Retreat

County leaders from across Maryland gathered in Talbot County, home of MACo President Laura Price, for the 2022 MACo Board Retreat. Talbot County hosted the annual Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Board Retreat at the Tilghman Island Inn on June 8 and 9. Council Member Laura Price currently serves as president of this organization. The MACo president’s home county traditionally hosts the meeting. In addition to a series of business meetings, board members experienced a…

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Frederick Seeks Sustainability Award Applications

The Frederick County Sustainability Commission is accepting applications for its 2022 Sustainability Awards. The awards recognize individuals and organizations in Frederick County that have made outstanding contributions in helping the county advance sustainability efforts. Awards are based on leadership, innovation, and success in sustainability. Awards are available to (a) Individuals (non-students), (b) Students/Student Groups, (c) Nonprofits, (d) Commercial Enterprises (50 or fewer employees), and (e) Commercial Enterprises (over 50 employees). Examples of outstanding efforts include, but…

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County-Military Installation Coexistence: Partnerships for Success

The Department of Defense’ Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) program helps counties mitigate the complications that arise from managing relationships with nearby military installations. With roughly 500 counties serving as home to at least one military installation, the ground is fertile for intergovernmental cooperation on compatible land use, conservation, habitat and natural resource management and climate resilience. Maryland houses 11 military bases for every branch of the military but the Marine Corps and Space…

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Montgomery Makes Top 10 in NACo’s High Performance Leadership Academy Participation

Take your leadership skills to the next level through the NACo High Performance Leadership Academy. The NACo High Performance Leadership Academy is an online 12-week program that empowers frontline county government professionals with the most fundamental leadership skills to deliver results for counties and communities. NACo and the Professional Development Academy created the interactive program in collaboration with the late General Colin Powell, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, private sector executives, and local government officials—all to enable…

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Cybersecurity Award Nominations Now Open

The Cybersecurity Association of Maryland is accepting nominations for multiple cybersecurity awards now through July 31, 2022. Cybersecurity is top of mind for Maryland counties and lawmakers. This past legislative session, Governor Hogan signed a suite of strong cyber bills into law. The bills’ lead Senate sponsor was Senator Katie Fry Hester. The Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc. (CAMI) is a statewide, 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization established in 2015. CAMI is primarily funded (over 90%) through…

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Parts of St. Mary’s, Somerset’s, and Dorchester’s Waterways Now Restricted from Shellfish Harvesting

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) reclassifications affect portions of St. Mary’s River; portions of waterways in Dorchester, Somerset counties also reclassified. Effective May 30, 2022, portions of waterways in Dorchester, Somerset, and St. Mary's counties were reclassified to restrict shellfish harvesting due to environmental and public health concerns. These actions were take to ensure Maryland remains in compliance with the National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP). NSSP is the federal/state cooperative program recognized by…

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Over $5.2M for Public Parks, Outdoor Recreation Coming to MD

The Department of the Interior is distributing $279M from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. Through LWCF, Maryland has been allocated $5,216,915. The allocation for each state and territory is determined by a population-based apportionment formula set in the LWCF Act. States and territories further allocate these funds to local projects, usually through a competitive process. “One of the best investments we can…

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Tune In: Blueprint for MD’s Future Implementation Planning Series

Mark your calendars for the next session in the Blueprint for Maryland's Future Implementation Planning Series! The Blueprint is a piece of legislation passed in 2021, which includes comprehensive changes to Maryland’s early childhood and public schools. Increasing education funding by $3.8 billion each year over the next 10 years, the Blueprint aims to enrich student experiences, accelerate student outcomes and improve the overall quality of education in Maryland. The Maryland Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board…

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