Public Works: More Than Just Filling Potholes at #MACoCon

On Wednesday afternoon of MACo’s Winter Conference, be sure to attend our panel on public works.   Public Works is a massive policy area. It covers everything from pipes to roads, some buildings, and even airports. Some functions of county government may not draw much attention, but when a road collapses, or the water will not turn on, residents very quickly pay attention. Because of its central importance in how society functions, public works is a…

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Public Private Partnerships and Untapped Assets at #MACoCon

Schneider Electric will present a Solutions Showcase on Public Private Partnerships at Winter #MACoCon. Schneider Electric helps you prepare your community for the future with innovative solutions and creative funding leveraged through a comprehensive capital recovery and reinvestment program. Our experts will help you reinvest in your city or county in order to strengthen your municipality’s brand, modernize facilities and technology, generate revenue, engage citizens, and ultimately drive your community further. Join us at MACo’s Winter…

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Learn About Key Partners for Success in Public Education at #MACoCon

Counties are key figures in the funding and operations of Maryland schools, working closely with local and state partners to provide quality education.  At the MACo Winter Conference session, “Public Education 101: Key Partners for Success,” an expert panel will discuss how county officials can work with local and state partners to fund and manage public education. Speakers include representatives of key partnerships, and the discussion will highlight strategies and best practices to communicating and…

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MD Climate Change 2022 Report: Mixed Bag for Counties

The Maryland Commission on Climate Change's 2022 Annual Report offers a mixed bag of incentive and preemption recommendations.  Late last week, the Maryland Commission on Climate Change (MCCC) released its 2022 Annual Report outlining a list of 34 state-level policy recommendations to mitigate the impacts and causes of climate change. The multi-year, multi-stakeholder effort has served as a forum for a variety of administrative, policy, and aspirational debates about the proper stewardship role for Maryland amidst…

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Baltimore City Sues Contingent of Tobacco Companies

In a unique move, Baltimore City files a lawsuit against six named entities for cigarette filter waste.  According to a press release, Baltimore City has jointly filed a lawsuit to hold cigarette manufacturers accountable for cleanup costs associated with tobacco filter litter. The city cited a $5.3M annual price tag specifically for mitigating cigarette filter litter. The announcement went on to highlight that remediation includes clearing sewage and drainage pipes of clogs from the non-biodegradable…

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2022 County Elections Bring 43% Turnover

County officials will turn over at a 43% rate following the 2022 elections. Here's a breakdown of the math behind the considerable wave of new office-holders. With the final tallies together from the 2022 primary and general elections, we can evaluate some of the numbers and trends from across the 23 jurisdictions holding county official elections in 2022. Here is the Conduit Street summary: The 43% turnover is in line with other recent election cycles.…

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6 Ways to Prepare for Winter #MACoCon

MACo’s Winter Conference is only 6 WEEKS AWAY!  Get ready for “Hit the Ground Running,” January 4-6, 2023! (pre-conference Newly Elected Officials Orientation for new county officials on January 3) 1. REGISTER (Early rate deadline: November 30)   2. Join our hotel waitlist (The Hyatt and Holiday Inn in Cambridge are both sold out, so join our waitlist or book at the Holiday Inn in Easton, MD)   3. Browse the Registration Brochure     4. Sign up to receive…

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The New Broadband Map Is Finally Here

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the first draft of its new National Broadband Map, a comprehensive, location-by-location view of high-speed Internet availability across the nation. The map is a more detailed and precise reflection of the availability of fixed and mobile broadband services in Maryland and across the country. Unlike its previous census block-based maps, this updated map is built on a location-based model developed through the FCC's Broadband Data Collection process. The…

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#MACoCon Must: Crisis Control – Principles and Practice

Communities face more frequent and complex disasters due to vexing issues like a changing climate, social and economic inequity, aging infrastructure, cyber threats, and humanitarian crises. At the 2023 MACo Winter Conference, an expert panel will explain how policymakers and community partners can apply emergency management principles to solve today's most complex challenges. Crisis Control – Principles and Practice Communities face more frequent and complex disasters due to vexing issues like a changing climate, social…

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Winner Announced! MACo Celebrates Leaders in Public Service with 2022 Praisner Award

MACo’s Marilyn J. Praisner Public Service Award was established to honor the legacy of former Montgomery County Council Member, Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Past President, and beloved public servant Marilyn J. Praisner. The award recognizes those current or former elected county officials who have demonstrated outstanding service to a county, his or her constituents, and MACo. The award is a collaboration of the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance and MACo, with support from the Local Government…

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