Discuss 5G, Infrastructure, the Cloud, Retirement, and MORE With Industry Leaders in #MACoCon’s Solutions Showcase

MACo's Summer Conference on August 14-17 will draw 3,000+ participants - the main educational program has been announced, but we're also offering an additional series of presentations to help you find solutions for common governance challenges! MACo's "Winds of Change" Summer Conference will feature sessions on how government services are evolving and what we all need to do to stay on the cutting edge of efficient, cost-effective, and meaningful service delivery for Maryland's residents. The…

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Speaker Jones Likely More “Mother” Than “Coach” According to Colleagues

A Washington Post article (2019-06-07) recounted the dramatic selection process that led to Delegate Adrienne Jones becoming Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates and how her leadership style will likely differ from that of former Speaker Michael Busch. The article described how Busch passed away suddenly at the end of the 2019 Session and the sometimes tense contest that followed between Jones, Appropriations Committee Chair Maggie McIntosh, and Economic Matters Chair Dereck Davis to replace him.…

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Queen Anne’s Passes Volunteer Firefighter Tax Credit

The Queen Anne's County Commissioners this week approved a property tax credit for eligible volunteer firefighters. In order to be eligible for the credit, which will be phased in over five years, fire company volunteers must have maintained active service status for three consecutive years and be a resident property owner of the County. “As a commission, we work together well and keep the future of the county as a priority,” said Commissioner Jack Wilson.…

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Has the US Dept of Education Become a “Rubber Stamp?”

Recent research shows that the US Department of Education has approved nearly all state plan approval requests for state waivers under the Every Student Succeeds Act - even from states that have ignored or defied federal guidelines. The federal ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act, passed in 2015) was designed to give national-level guidance to state -level school oversight. Typically, this has come in the form of federal plan approvals, or waivers, depending on the terminology…

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Outcome Budgeting, Inspector General Combine to Deliver Data During City Budget Hearings

During Baltimore City Council Budget Hearings, the City's Inspector General (and the city's own predilection for outcome budgeting) powered a thorough evaluation of program outcomes by Council Members during their public hearing. The Inspector General role, created in 2005 but re-addressed my more recent local actions, has helped to re-frame the public deliberations of the Baltimore City Council. From the OIG website: The Mission of the Office of the Inspector General is to promote accountability,…

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Shore Seniors Brace for “Meals on Wheels” Cutbacks

State funding cuts from the Department of Aging threaten local "Meals on Wheels" programs, including those across lower Shore counties. The Salisbury Independent writes of coming budget cuts that loom over the regional service agency MAC, Inc., who provides services including "Meals on Wheels" to thousands of lower shore residents across four counties: Locally, Meals On Wheels began 43 years ago with 4,000 annual deliveries. This year, with about 885 participants over a 12-month period,…

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NACo Webinar: Preserving Your County History through Arts-Driven Main Street Initiatives

NACo is teaming with Main Street America host an online webinar, June 19, titled: "Preserving Your County History through Arts-Driven Main Street Initiatives" WEBINAR Creative Counties: Preserving Your County History through Arts-Driven Main Street Initiatives Jun. 19, 2019 , 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm Contact Jenna Moran (202) 942-4224 jmoran@naco.org Counties across America are taking steps to preserve their community history while transforming their main street to revitalize local economy and attract residents downtown. Join us on June…

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Caroline Appoints New Director of Public Works
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Caroline Appoints New Director of Public Works

The Caroline County Commissioners today announced the appointment of Ryan White as the Director of the Department of Public Works. White will be accepting leadership from previous Director Charles Copper, who retired earlier in June. “As a resident of Caroline County for more than 20 years, I’m familiar with the County’s infrastructure and am invested in our community,” said White. “I’m looking forward to bringing everything I’ve learned over my career back to Caroline County.”…

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Cecil Dept of Emergency Services Launches “Ready Cecil” App

The Cecil County Department of Emergency Services (DES) today announced the official launch of the Ready Cecil preparedness mobile application. The app was specifically designed to encourage the residents of Cecil County to be prepared and protect themselves and their loved ones in the case of a disaster. The app includes a module that will help community members create and share personalized family emergency plans and identify and gather the necessary supplies. Residents will be…

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Danielle McCray Sworn in as New City Council Member

Danielle McCray yesterday was officially sworn in as the new District 2 City Council member, filling the seat vacated by Brandon Scott when he became council president. https://twitter.com/mayorbcyoung/status/1138519088492371968 https://twitter.com/kimdaceywbal/status/1138511050633093120 McCray, 34, emerged from a field of 22 candidates who applied for the position. A 13-member Vacancy Nominating Committee made up of current council members and community leaders from the 2nd district recommended her for the position. According to The Baltimore Sun: "I’m honored to be…

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