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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Baltimore County Announces Free Pilot Grocery Shuttle to Improve Food Access

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced the creation of a free, pilot grocery shuttle service in the Turner Station community in Southeast Baltimore County. The service, which will operate through the Baltimore County Department of Public Works and Transportation’s CountyRide, was developed in response to community feedback regarding the lack of food access for residents without immediate access to transportation. “Every resident in every community deserves access to fresh, healthy foods,” said County Executive Johnny…

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Blueprint Oversight Board Announces DLS’ Rachel Hise as Executive Director

Maryland’s Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board announced Tuesday that it hired Rachel Hise, the Department of Legislative Services (DLS) policy analyst behind the Blueprint, as the board’s new executive director. The Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board (AIB) is tasked with overseeing the implementation of Maryland's major education policy reform initiative known as the Blueprint for Maryland's Future. Hise was the lead staff analyst to the Commission on Innovation and Excellence, better known as the Kirwan Commission,…

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NACo Webinar: How Counties Are Transforming Human Services Delivery Systems

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for a webinar, "How Counties Are Transforming Human Services Delivery Systems" on Friday, January 28th, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EST. County leaders are transforming their human services delivery system by applying forward thinking, innovative approaches that shift the focus from program compliance to positive, whole family outcomes. Human services transformation is a key solution for improving the customer experience and helping families navigate and access critical services…

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MACo: Program Open Space Decisions Should Remain Local

On January 25, 2022, Associate Policy Director Dominic Butchko testified before the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee in opposition to SB 56 - Program Open Space - Local Plans and Programs - General Assembly Approval. This bill would require the General Assembly to approve county Program Open Space plans every year. From the MACo testimony: Historically, the General Assembly has also played an important role with the success of Program Open Space. Legislation has…

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Baltimore City Releases Child Fatality Review Report

On Friday, January 21st, Baltimore City published its 2021 Child Fatality Review Report. The report analyzes and compiles data regarding deaths of City residents under the age of 17 for the purposes of determining what interventions should be put in place to effectively prevent future fatalities. Mayor Brandon M. Scott discussed the CFR report's findings and recommendations in a press release: “As a city, we continue to lose too many of our young people to violence 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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Counties Support Boosting Cybersecurity Scholarships, Promoting Public Roles

On January 25, 2022, Associate Director Brianna January testified before the House Appropriations Committee in support of HB 24 Cybersecurity Scholarship Program – Alterations and Maryland Cybersecurity Loan Assistance Repayment Program – Establishment. This bill expands eligibility for the Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship Program; increases the number of years a recipient may hold an award, allows part-time students to qualify; importantly, allows employment with county government to count toward the scholarship program's public service work requirement;…

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More Work Needed on Chesapeake Blueprint Implementation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's 2021 State of The Blue Print shows progress but more work to be done.  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) recently released its 2021 State of The Blueprint. The report showed significant strides in meeting the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint by the 2025 implementation deadline. The Blueprint is a plan outlining pollution reduction targets for Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, the three states that make up 90% of the Chesapeake Bay's pollution. https://twitter.com/chesapeakebay/status/1486007218868822022…

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