Preparing for the Next Public Health Threat at #MACoCon

MACo’s Summer Conference is coming up August 18-21, 2021, and is completely IN-PERSON at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Join us for insightful and beneficial sessions focusing on local government challenges and priorities. COVID-19 is a once in a lifetime event – we hope. But in an increasingly connected, global world, the threat of another pandemic or other public health crisis is very real. It is important that county governments not let…

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CareFirst To Present Solutions Showcase: Lifting Communities Out of a Pandemic, Lessons Learned at #MACoCon

Join us to hear from CareFirst about what your county can do to improve readiness for future pandemic threats. In its 79th year of service, CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health care company which, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to 3.4 million individuals and groups in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. In…

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Harford County Organizations Receive Grants to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Early on Wednesday, Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford announced that the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC) will be distributing $5.5 million dollars to opioid and substance abuse projects throughout the state. Three Harford County institutions, Harford County Government, the UMUCH/Klein Family Harford Crisis Center, and Addictions Connections Resource, Inc., are receiving over $400,000 combined to fund their anti-opioid programs. According to their project summary, the Klein Family Harford Crisis Center in Bel Air…

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December Special Session May Loom to Tackle Congressional Re-Districting

Legislative leaders are considering a December special session to redraw Maryland's eight congressional districts, based on new census data. Maryland Matters has uncorked a story informally swirling about Annapolis in recent weeks - that the General Assembly is eyeing a late-2021 special session to pass a new congressional district map. From their story: By law, the Maryland General Assembly must redraw the state’s 47 legislative districts, to reflect population shifts, while meeting in regular session.…

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Traffic in Maryland Now Exceeding Pre-Pandemic Levels

New data from the Maryland Department of Transportation indicates that traffic on Maryland highways and roads now exceeds pre-pandemic levels in many areas. “Holiday travel during the Fourth of July Weekend exceeding 2019 levels is an important milestone signaling our state’s strong recovery from the pandemic,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Traffic volumes are exceeding pre-pandemic levels across the state, including at the American Legion Bridge, making the need for our Traffic Relief Plan more urgent…

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Conduit Street Podcast Presents: Free State Politics

MACo and the Conduit Street Podcast are proud to present an installment from "Free State Politics," a podcast presented by MarylandReporter.com. In this episode, veteran award-winning journalist John Rydell talks with MACo Executive Michael Sanderson and Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman about the upcoming MACo Summer Conference, which will be held August 18-21, 2021, in Ocean City, Maryland. From the Free State Politics Podcast: After a scaled-back virtual event last year, the Maryland Association of…

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Which Maryland County Has the Most Olympic Athletes Competing in Tokyo?

Maryland has long been a powerhouse in the summer Olympic games. At the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Maryland athletes brought home 14 gold medals, three silver, and one bronze. Had Maryland been a country, this medal haul would have placed the state sixth in the gold medal count and 14th in the overall medal count. As the 2021 Tokyo Summer Games kick off today after a one-year delay due to the COVID-19…

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Staffing Up Your Corrections Capacity

MACo’s Summer Conference is coming up August 18-21, 2021, and is completely IN-PERSON at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Join us for insightful and beneficial sessions focusing on local government challenges and priorities. The world of corrections has become increasingly complex as jails tackle increased behavioral health needs, new programs to reduce recidivism, and navigate the challenges of COVID-19 while keeping officers and inmates safe. Doing this work is demanding and requires…

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MACo Welcomes Standard Solar as New Corporate Partner!

Standard Solar, a Summer Conference sponsor, has joined MACo’s Corporate Partner Program as a Bronze Partner! Standard Solar is powering the nation’s energy transformation – channeling its project development capabilities, financial strength, and technical expertise to deliver the benefits of solar, as well as solar + storage, to businesses, institutions, firms, governments, communities, and utilities. Building on 17 years of sustainable growth and in-house and tax equity investment capital, Standard Solar is a national leader…

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Maryland Communities Fall Short of Tree Equity

American Forests recently published “Tree Equity Scores” for neighborhoods across the country to highlight the need for increased tree canopy in urban areas. The study shows that many urban and suburban Maryland communities fall well short of the standard for “Tree Equity.” According to its website, American Forests calculates scores based on how much tree canopy and surface temperature align with income, employment, race, age and health factors. Each score indicates whether there are enough…

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