Webinar: Measuring the “Digital Divide,” June 17

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will host a webinar to help state and local leaders understand how to identify and target the digital divide using federal data. NTIA, an organization within the Department of Commerce, will host an informational webinar on bridging the digital divide and how federal data can help local officials recognize what drives broadband adaption in their communities to better plan for the future. Hear a presentation from representatives of…

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Calvert Rolls Out “Calvert St@t” Dashboard

Calvert County's new interactive dashboard tracks department-specific performance measures and provides data to develop targeted action plans and strategies to deliver results for residents. Calvert County today launched "Calvert St@t," a new interactive dashboard that will provide residents with an in-depth look at data on services and operations from all county departments and the Board of County Commissioners. “We are pleased to offer Calvert St@t as a tool to make local government data more readily accessible…

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MDH Launches Campaign to Promote Contact Tracing Awareness

Maryland Department of Health kicks off statewide campaign to educate residents about the importance of contact tracing. The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) today will begin rolling out a new statewide campaign to educate Marylanders about the importance of contact tracing and how it is a vital tool in the fight against the spread of coronavirus. Contact tracing, a core disease control measure employed by public health personnel for decades, is a key strategy for…

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Anne Arundel County Executive Seeks to Fund Police Body Cameras in County Budget

County Executive Steuart Pittman to introduce a supplementary budget request to fund body cameras for the county police department.  Citing local and national instances of bias, hate crimes, and death at the hands of police, Pittman has advanced plans to fund police body cameras. The program is estimated to initially cost between $4 million and $5 million for equipment and technology. The Baltimore Sun reports: Though Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman said he wanted…

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Maryland Joins Multistate Coalition Opposing SNAP Cuts

The coalition argues that cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would leave millions hungry when many are already struggling during the pandemic.  In a letter to Congress, Attorney General Frosh and 23 other state attorney generals expressed support for the HEROS Act which would prohibit the use of funds to implement three administrative rules aimed at cutting critically necessary SNAP benefits. As announced in a press release: In a letter to Congress, the…

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St. Mary’s to Offer Grants for Local Businesses and Non-Profits

St. Mary's County Department of Economic Development established a COVID-19 Small Business and Non-Profit Relief Fund to support local businesses and agencies through the pandemic. The County appropriated $2 million for small businesses and non-profits that have suffered a financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses/non-profits with 15 or less employees are eligible for grants of $5,000 and businesses/non-profits with 16-30 employees are eligible for a grant of $7,500. The funds "may be used…

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Two-day Grant Management Training Delivered Live and Online – June 18-19, 2020

Join an all-star host committee for this Central and Eastern States two-day grant management training delivered live via Zoom with replay available. June 18-19, 2020 8:30 - 3:30 CT or 9:30 - 4:30 ET Attend this class and you'll learn how to stay in compliance with existing and new Federal grants regulations and rules including US Treasury's recent guidance on the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund. Dates for this live event not good for you? …

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Health Inspectors Face New Roles, Responsibilities With Restaurant Reopenings

Health inspectors nationwide are grappling with restaurant reopenings and new responsibilities such as the use of PPE and maintaining social distancing measures that come with jurisdictions loosening stay-at-home orders.  The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) conducted an anonymous survey of local health departments which found that many had reduced operations of food safety programs and some even shut down the programs entirely reassigning inspection staff to meet coronavirus response needs. Route…

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EPA Rule Change Limits States’ Ability to Block Pipeline Approvals

Citing unnecessary delays, EPA issues new rule that weakens states' role in pipeline project approvals. Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its final rule that constrains the influence states have over pipeline approvals. The rule change targets the way states use section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act, and the so called "veto power" that states enjoy over the approval of energy infrastructure projects. Previously, states had fairly broad authority to block…

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St. Mary’s Health Officer Recognized as COVID-19 Hero

The Daily Record has selected St. Mary's County Health Officer Dr. Meena Brewster to be a 2020 Health Care Hero Award recipient in the COVID-19 Heroes category. “Nothing in public health is done in isolation. This is most evident during times of crisis, including the current COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “I’m so grateful for our tenacious public health team, partners and community that have pulled together to fight…

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