Fun Fact: Which County is the Home of Maryland’s First State Park?

Patapsco Valley State Park in Howard County has the distinction of being Maryland’s first state park. April 10-16, 2021 is the first Maryland State Parks Week, so we're celebrating with a fun fact on state parks! By the 1900s, Maryland’s forest reserves were in deplorable condition. Loss of wildlife habitats, erosion, forest fires, and depleting woodland were among the main contributors of the need for forest conservation. As a solution to this growing problem, the…

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2021 End of Session Wrap-Up: Information Technology

An overview of MACo's advocacy on information technology issues in the 2021 General Assembly.  Information technology is a growing area of importance for MACo as county governments rely on computer systems of increasing sophistication for a widening scope of operations - including public safety applications, open government portals, billing functions, and emergency alert systems used during major natural and man-made emergencies. As county use of information technology evolves, cybersecurity and protection of resident data rise…

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2021 End of Session Wrap-Up: School Construction & Capital Budget

An overview of MACo's advocacy on school construction and capital budget legislation in the 2021 General Assembly.  County Governments partner with the State of Maryland to fund school construction projects throughout Maryland. K-12 school renovation and construction projects make up a substantial portion of any county's capital budget, and the needs of Maryland students are consistently a high priority. This year the Maryland General Assembly conducted a legislative session unlike any other due to the…

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Want to Present at Summer #MACoCon? Submit a Proposal by April 15
3,000 public and private sector leaders will attend MACo's Summer Conference to discuss what's next for Maryland
Want to Present at Summer #MACoCon? Submit a Proposal by April 15

MACo’s Summer Conference is scheduled for August 18-21, 2021. Submit speaker proposals by April 15! MACo has started preliminary planning to hold our 2021 Summer Conference in person at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City. Capacity will be limited and safety protocols will be in place, but one thing that won’t change is the high quality of the educational offerings. Sessions will focus on challenges and lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic response…

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2021 End of Session Wrap-Up: Elections

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo's work in the area of elections policy in the 2021 General Assembly.  Counties administer and fund elections at the local level, overseeing polling places and coordinating poll workers every two years. MACo routinely advocates against state policies that result in costly or burdensome implementation for local election officials. This year the Maryland General Assembly conducted a legislative session unlike any other due to the enduring COVID-19…

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2021 End of Session Wrap-Up: Transportation and Public Works

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo's work in the area of transportation policy in the 2021 General Assembly.  MACo generally advocates for the appropriate state assistance with roadways and bridges across our local communities. Transportation is a shared function in Maryland, with state-maintained roadways (mainly numbered roads) and locally-maintained roadways interlocking throughout most areas. This year the Maryland General Assembly conducted a legislative session unlike any other due to the enduring COVID-19…

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MD House GOP Caucus Elects New Leadership

The Maryland House Republican Caucus today elected Delegate Jason Buckel (District 1B, Allegany County) and Delegate Christopher Adams (District 37B - Caroline, Talbot, Dorchester, and Wicomico Counties) to serve as House Minority Leader and House Minority Whip. "I am truly humbled to have the support of my Republican colleagues in the House and to be chosen as their leader", said House Minority Leader Jason Buckel. These are 42 of the best people I have met…

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Plan for the Retirement You Want

Visit the Retirement Readiness Virtual Booth for NACo Members Last month during the NACo Legislative Conference, Nationwide provided a virtual booth featuring retirement readiness tools, resources, and education to help you feel more confident about investing in your financial future.  This virtual booth has been extended to give you an opportunity to explore these resources and make sure you have all the support you need to stay on top of your retirement planning. This virtual…

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Anne Arundel, Annapolis Offer Residents Free/Discounted Transportation to Mass Vax Site

County and City officials have taken steps to ensure transportation will not be a barrier to getting vaccinated. Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman and Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley announced on April 13 a collaborative effort to provide county residents with free and discounted transportation to and from the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium mass vaccination site, which opens April 15. Details for scheduled transportation with the County are available in the county press release. The…

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2021 End of Session Wrap-Up: State Operating Budget

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo's work in the area of State budget policy in the 2021 General Assembly.  County governments receive support through multiple state operating budget programs, and shifts in the State's budget can affect county governments in various ways. MACo seeks county budget security through maintenance of current state funding levels, and new funding programs, and enhancements in areas of growth and need. This year the Maryland General Assembly…

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