MACo’s Winter E-Learning Series Wows with Solutions and Resources

MACo’s Winter Series will highlight innovative and efficient solutions for local governments. Following the success of MACo's Summer Series, the Winter Web Series will build on best practices and resources to help counties handle the business of county government. From the economy to health care to wastewater - experts will present valuable information and innovative solutions to everyday county issues. Looking for a few fast facts? Registration is FREE for county officials and employees, thanks…

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Calvert Earns Three AAA Bond Ratings

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners yesterday announced that -- for the fifth consecutive assessment -- the County received AAA credit ratings from three major bond rating agencies. Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investors Services, and S&P Global Ratings each assigned their highest ratings due to the County’s strong economy, robust revenues, and sound financial management. “It takes hard work and planning to achieve this rating,” said County Administrator Mark Willis. “Our fiscal health comes through…

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Cecil Jail Experiences Largest Correctional COVID-19 Outbreak in State

In the past week, the Cecil County jail has seen over 70 inmates and 16 workers test positive -- a sixfold increase from the previous week.  In the week prior to this spike, the number of positive cases in the jail was one inmate and four officers. So far 133 inmates and 84 staff members have tested negative. The Baltimore Sun reports on the jail's response to the outbreak and other precautionary measures that have…

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Carroll Approves Additional Funds for COVID-19 Relief

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners today approved additional funding for community partners providing relief to residents amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The commissioners also tentatively approved funds to establish a new small business assistance initiative to support businesses suffering amid the pandemic and help prepare for sales during holiday months. Funding comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and is currently unspent from the Carroll County Coronavirus Relief Fund Plan…

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St. Mary’s Solar Task Force Granted Extension

The Commissioners of St. Mary's County have approved an extension of the County's Solar Task Force until June 2021. The Task Force has been examining solar zoning and siting in the county for the past several months through several public meetings. The Task Force was established in February, but was delayed due to the COVID crisis, and only able to begin work in June. On Tuesday, Bill Hunt, the County's Director of Land Use and…

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Frederick Expands COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

A program to provide rental assistance to Frederick County residents affected by COVID-19 has extended the amount of time a household can receive aid and expanded eligibility to people who have regained employment, County Executive Jan Gardner announced today. The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program is a partnership between Frederick County, the City of Frederick, and the nonprofit Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs. “We know there is a real need for additional support so…

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Hogan Announces Economic Recovery Initiative, Draws $250M from State’s Rainy Day Fund

Governor Larry Hogan today held a press conference with Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz and Maryland Housing and Community Development Secretary Ken Holt to launch a major new economic recovery initiative. COVID-19 Metrics Governor Hogan began the press conference by providing an update on Maryland's COVID-19 health and economic recovery, stating that key health metrics continue to remain low and stable with a statewide positivity rate of 3.1%. Maryland health officials are closely monitoring an…

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MACo Kicks Off Winter Series with Economic Recovery in the Time of COVID, 11/6

MACo is kicking off the Winter Series with one of the biggest issues facing all counties in the wake of COVID-19 – the outlook for our economy. You don't want to miss this live event! MACo’s Winter Series includes content directly aimed at solving common governance and administrative challenges. As the pandemic lingers, all levels of government and the private sector have questions about economic recovery. MD-DE-DC Beverage Association, a MACo Bronze Corporate Partner, will…

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Prince George’s Advances P3 Plan to Build Schools

The Prince George's County Council voted to advance a public-private partnership (P3) plan to build six new schools in the county. The county plans to build five new middle schools and one K-8 school by 2023 by partnering with contractors in a first of its kind initiative. The resolution was voted on (8-3) after previously being postponed due to concern of criticism including whether there was enough involvement of minority-owned businesses. This concern was alleviated…

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Aetna to Host Exclusive Live Session on Expanding Health Care Access Through Telehealth, 10/29

MACo members and blog readers are invited to attend an exclusive live session, hosted by MACo's Bronze Corporate Partner Aetna, on expanding health care access through telehealth. From Aetna: Please save the date for our live session on October 29, 2020 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET.  This one-hour webinar will feature experts from Aetna, CVS Health, and the telehealth industry as they engage in dialogue with Maryland Counties around this relevant health topic.  Session…

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Fun Fact: Which County is Currently Flying the Largest Maryland Flag?

Photo via Frederick County MD Facebook page You can’t miss the 85 foot tall by 65 foot wide Maryland State flag (hot air balloon) on the grounds of Linganore Wine Cellars in Frederick County – now through October 31st! Piloted by Patrick Smith, the display fulfills his lifelong dream of owning a balloon depicting the state’s flag that began at a festival he attended with his parents at 4 years old. “Every time I saw…

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