Judicial Appointments for Anne Arundel, Charles, and Caroline County Courts

Governor Hogan has appointed Christine Celeste to the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, Patrick J. Devine to the Charles County District Court, and Joseph A. Riley to the Caroline County District Court. “I am proud to appoint this group of distinguished individuals to fill roles across our state’s judicial system,” said Governor Hogan. “I am confident that Ms. Celeste, Mr. Devine, and Mr. Riley will bring valuable experience and knowledge to the bench and will…

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Baltimore City Releases Minority, Women’s Business Enterprises Study

Baltimore City has shared findings from a comprehensive study of work overseen by the Baltimore City Minority and Women’s Business Opportunity Office with plans ahead to address the results. The first of its kind since 2014, the study highlights impacts of past discriminatory practices and features recommendations to level the playing field and increase efficiency. The study found that past discrimination in the City’s contracting process by prime contractors against minority and women’s business enterprises…

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Data Shows Apartment Demand Falls in 3rd Quarter

Third quarter data shows a sharp drop in US apartment demand. Coming off of a hot streak through most of 2021 and half of 2022, demand for apartments has plunged in the US. Even more surprising was the timing of the slump. The third quarter, July through September, is usually the busiest time for renters to move into apartments. Nationally asking rents have also fallen roughly 0.2%, the first decline since the pandemic. This information follows…

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Top 10 Attributes of a Well-Run Treasury Dept

MACo endorsement partner three+one and the National Association of Counties (NACo) will host a webinar on the "Top 10 Attributes of a Well-Run Treasury Department" on October 13, 2022, 1-2 PM EST. three+one Senior Vice President Mike Ablowich will share 10 trends that will enhance how your finance office views cash and deliver significant returns to your stakeholders while relieving stress on your finance department. Counties can harness the power of their own financial transaction…

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MACo’s Sarah Sample Advances to Associate Policy Director

MACo's newest hire is advancing from Research Coordinator to Associate Policy Director. Sarah Sample, new to the MACo staff in August and making her first appearance at the recent summer conference, will advance to a fully fledged role with the MACo policy team, taking on a portfolio of issues including public health, public safety and corrections, and legal/liability issues. D'Paul Nibber, a member of the policy team for a bit more than one year, resigned…

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Give Feedback on Electric Vehicle Charging Network Development

Feedback and recommendations are wanted on the development of electric vehicle charging networks in Maryland. The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has released a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit feedback and recommendations for a future Request for Proposal for the development of electric vehicle charging networks within Maryland. Responses are due by 2:00 PM on October 26. The information submitted and future proposal will support implementation of the Maryland State Plan for National Electric Vehicle…

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Wall Street Predicts National Housing Prices to Drop Between 5% – 15%

Several major financial institutions have recently released reports predicting national housing prices are to drop between 5%-15%.  Over the past several weeks, some of Wall Street's largest financial institutions have all released reports predicting a national decline in housing prices. Such declines are not entirely unprecedented, but they are incredibly rare. Notably, only two times, both during the Great Depression and the Great Recession, did housing prices decline nationally by double-digit. What the banks are…

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New State and Local Directors of Cybersecurity Have Local Roots

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the State of Maryland hired John A. Bruns as the director of State Cybersecurity and Netta Squires, Esq. as the director of Local Cybersecurity. These positions as part of an overarching cybersecurity legislative package passed early this year. Both directors will work at the Department of Information Technology and report to the State Chief Information Security Officer. Bruns has over 15 years of experience developing, managing, and delivering mission-critical…

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FCC Improves Emergency Alert System Messages

TV and Radio Alerts Will Be Clearer and More Accessible to the Public. The Federal Communications Commission is updating its Emergency Alert System rules to ensure delivered over television and radio are more informative and easier to understand by the public, particularly people with disabilities. The Emergency Alert System, which government agencies use to send alerts and warnings to the public over television and radio, is made up of both a legacy system and an…

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Feds Update Education COVID Relief Guidance

The U.S. Department of Education has updated guidance on local school spending of COVID relief funds, in correspondence with a May extension of the spending deadline. The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) has updated guidance on local spending of public school-targeted COVID funding specific to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. USDE reports that, "as of today, over 96 percent of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding has been spent to…

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