Howard Marks Successful First Year of Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program

Howard County marked the one-year anniversary of their Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, highlighting its success rate and improvement of the public safety system. With a 91 percent success rate, the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program offers individuals who participate in low-level crime, related to mental health and substance use challenges, the opportunity to be diverted to human services instead of entering the criminal justice system after an encounter with a law enforcement official.…

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Baltimore City Firefighters Begin Marking Unsafe Vacant Properties

The Baltimore City Fire Department will now help first responders identify unsafe vacant homes, buildings, or structures with a red, reflective diamond.  The Unsafe Vacant Marking initiative comes months after a vacant house fire on the 200 block of S. Stricker St. claimed the lives of three firefighters and left one critically injured. "The manner in which our fallen firefighters lost their lives has severely affected the members of this department - and quite frankly…

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Baltimore City Awards $1M for Arts and Cultural Spaces

Each year, Baltimore City sets aside $1 million to support physical improvements to buildings that house arts and cultural organizations. This year’s program covers FY24 and FY25.  The recipients of this year's awards under the City’s Cultural Spaces Capital Support Fund are administered by the Baltimore Department of Planning. The Cultural Spaces Capital Support Fund’s goal is to ensure residents and visitors have an opportunity to experience Baltimore’s robust cultural offerings. “Baltimore’s rich cultural and…

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First Woman in State History Appointed to Worcester District Court

Several judicial appointments were made last week, including the first woman in state history to serve on the Worcester County District Court. Governor Larry Hogan has appointed Justin Gregory to the Garrett County Circuit Court, Marybeth Ayres to the Montgomery County Circuit Court, J. Bradford McCullough to the Montgomery County Circuit Court, and Cathi V. Coates to the Worcester County District Court—the first woman in state history to serve on that court. According to a Governor's press release, the bios of each appointee…

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Counties, Stakeholders Talk Affordable Housing at MACo Symposium

MACo hosted a one-day symposium on October 19 for county officials and professionals to dive deeply into the affordable housing topic with emphasis on the planning/zoning, infrastructure, socioeconomic, and environmental factors involved. While heightened by the pandemic, the lack of affordable housing pre-dates COVID-19 and continues to be one of the most controversial policy debates in recent years. With this in mind, the Maryland Assocation of Counties (MACo) hosted a one-day symposium on affordable housing,…

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Apply Now: MD Equity and Inclusion Leadership Program

Apply now for the Maryland Equity and Inclusion Leadership Program. The Maryland Equity and Inclusion Leadership Program is offered jointly by the Schaefer Center for Public Policy at The University of Baltimore and the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights. The 8-week program combines asynchronous and live instruction, with peer group interaction, and is: • committed to helping participants and their organizations become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive; • comprehensive and academically grounded; and • job relevant and…

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How Supreme Court Action Will Effect Local Elections Administration

The National Association of Counties will host a webinar entitled “How Will Upcoming Supreme Court Action Impact Local Elections Administration?” on October 27, 2022, 3-4 PM EST. This fall, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in Moore v. Harper, a landmark case asking the court to decide whether state legislatures alone have the authority to oversee federal elections without interference by state judicial or executive branches. Given the significant role that local governments…

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Garrett Broadband Awarded Grant to Service 300 Homes

Garrett County’s Broadband Customer Connect Program was awarded $435K by the Appalachian Regional Commission. The $435,000 grant will support the Board of County Commissioners of Garrett County's installation of 7,500 feet of broadband and expand fiber broadband services to 300 homes. Expanded service will benefit rural residents who have struggled to pay the thousands of dollars required to extend broadband services down long driveways to their homes. The county commissioners will work with qualifying internet…

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MACo’s Policy Deep Dive Roundup: Housing, Electric Vehicles, and More

Each week, MACo will highlight a Policy Deep Dive. Check out the new series below. In MACo's new Policy Deep Dive series, the Association's policy experts cover issues like education funding, housing, and electric vehicles with all the background, context, and details needed to understand these complex topics and what they mean for county governments. Do not miss this chance to learn more about the hottest issues in Maryland before they are taken up by…

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Decarbonizing Public Schools Program Now Accepting Applications

The Maryland Energy Administration has renewed its Decarbonizing Public Schools Program and is accepting applications. An evolution of the FY22 pilot program, the Decarbonizing Public Schools Program offers grant funding to school districts to expand their capacities for managing energy data, reduce operating costs, and incorporate energy performance criteria into capital improvement planning. Overall program funding for FY23 is $1.8 million, allocated from the Strategic Energy Investment Fund. The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), in partnership with…

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