Allison Valliant Marks 9 Years With MACo, Advances To New Role

Nine-year veteran Allison Valliant will serve as MACo's Membership Coordinator, consolidating her oversight of MACo's database, event registration, and other member management processes. A familiar face to office visitors and conference-goers, Allison Valliant this week marked nine years with the MACo staff. Allison is advancing into a new role with the office, as Membership Coordinator. The move reflects her advanced skills and management of multiple projects central to MACo's smooth functioning. Allison serves as the…

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Redistricting Commission to Hold Regional Meeting for Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties

In accordance with Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order, the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, June 23, at 6:00 pm for residents of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the governor’s executive order charges the commission with producing fair maps for both state legislative and congressional districts that comply with a set of criteria, including: Complies with U.S. Constitution and Voting Rights Act…

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New Mobilities: Smart Planning for Emerging Transportation Technologies Webinar

Register to join the Maryland Department of Planning and the Smart Growth Network for a live webinar discussing emerging transportation modes and services. New transportation technologies are coming online faster than ever. While many of these emerging technologies are helping to expand our world, they need to be evaluated critically. Join the Maryland Department of Planning and the Smart Growth Network at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 24, as Todd Litman discusses 12 emerging transportation modes and services that…

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Fun Fact: Attention Lords and Ladies! Visit a 16th-Century English Village in This County.

The Maryland Renaissance Festival in Anne Arundel County is the second-largest Renaissance festival in the United States. The Maryland festival was first organized by Minnesota lawyer Jules Smith Sr. and was modeled after a Renaissance-themed Minneapolis festival that he had previously invested in. After the Minneapolis fair (now known as the Texas Renaissance Festival), relocated to Texas in the mid-1970s, Smith sold his shares and organized a similar festival in Columbia, Maryland. The festival was…

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June 21: Child Tax Credit Awareness Day

On Monday, June 21, the Biden-Harris Administration is calling on all elected officials to join in promoting Child Tax Credit Awareness Day — a day of action to get the word out far and wide on the new monthly payments of $250 to $300 for each child included in the American Rescue Plan Act to help families make ends meet. For those with children, the American Rescue Plan increased the Child Tax Credit from $2,000…

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New Treasury ARPA FAQ: Broadband Spending

The US Department of the Treasury today released a revised Frequently Asked Questions document that provides clarifications on key questions related to the broadband provisions of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds' Interim Final Rule. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Recovery Fund, authorized under the American Rescue Plan Act, is providing $65.1 billion in direct, flexible aid to every county in America, as well as other crucial investments in local communities. Today’s update…

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Montgomery Launches Vision Zero Speed Reduction Program “20 is Plenty”

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and County Council President Tom Hucker joined the County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) on Thursday, June 17, to launch the Vision Zero speed reduction program, “20 is Plenty,” in North Bethesda. According to a County press release, the program lowers speed limits to 20 miles per hour on targeted streets to promote safer roadways for pedestrians and bicyclists. The Maryland General Assembly, during the 2021 session, passed House Bill 562 sponsored…

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Marylanders, Meet Superintendent Choudhury – An Online Profile

An interesting online profile of Mohammed Choudhury, Maryland's newly appointed Superintendent of Schools, details focus areas working in San Antonio, and forecasts some efforts he expects to bring to Maryland. On the online education-focused site The 74 Million, correspondent Bekah McNeil offers background on Mohammed Choudhury, Maryland's incoming Superintendent of Schools. The write-up discusses the Blueprint for Maryland and its decade-long implementation ahead, and meshes many of those ambitions with Choudhury's background and priorities in…

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Hogan Announces $10 Million in Relief for Live Entertainment Venues

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the recipients of 65 awards totaling $10 million for live music and performance venues and live entertainment promoters affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, 49 live entertainment venues and 14 promoters across 12 counties and Baltimore City will receive grant funding. Venues include Rams Head Live (Baltimore County), Delmarva Shorebirds (Wicomico County), Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Baltimore City), Cumberland Theatre (Allegany County), Merriweather Post Pavilion (Howard County), Olney Theatre Corporation…

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