Harford Administrator Named 2021 Transportation Manager of the Year

Harford County Administrator Gary Blazinsky has recently been named 2021 Transportation Manager of the Year. Gary Blazinsky, Administrator of Harford Transit LINK, has recently been named the 2021 Community Transportation Manager of the Year by the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) at its annual EXPO. Blazinsky received this honor in recognition of his innovative leadership at LINK throughout the pandemic. The award, presented annually at the Association’s national EXPO, recognizes excellence by managers of…

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Not Your Grandfather’s Farm: Tapping into Agritourism #MACoCon

The world is changing, and with it, the business model around agriculture. Maryland has recently seen a growing number of farms embrace agritourism as a new innovative part of their business. But this new revenue generator has brought with it just as many challenges as opportunities. County leaders and farmers need to work together to redefine the future of farming. At the MACo Winter Conference session, “Not Your Grandfather’s Farm: Tapping into Agritourism,” an expert panel…

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Baltimore County Hosts Parks Town Hall

Baltimore County's Department of Recreation and Parks will be hosting a virtual town hall on November 18th at 6p to discuss their Land Preservation, Parks, and Recreation Plan.  As part of Baltimore County's Land Preservation, Parks, and Recreation Plan (LPPRP); the Department of Recreation and Parks recently announced a town hall for residents to learn more about LPPRP and provide public input. https://twitter.com/BaltCoGov/status/1455188336335859717 According to Baltimore County: The Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan (LPPRP)…

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New Tech for Parks and Rec: Rebooting Public Spaces

The advancements of technology have impacted every facet of our lives. Many institutions that we have grown up with are evolving to meet the realities of the twenty-first century. As demand and expectations on community spaces increases, parks departments from around the state have been developing what the future of local parks may look like. At the MACo Winter Conference session, “New Tech for Parks and Rec: Rebooting Public Spaces” an expert panel will discuss…

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Top Issues of 2021 Session: Climate Change

With the 2021 Legislative Session rapidly approaching, MACo is profiling some major issues that stand to gather attention in the General Assembly’s work. Here, we preview potential actions surrounding climate change.  Increased sea level rise along with changing weather patterns have led Maryland to take a multifaceted approach to combatting climate change. The COVID-19 pandemic has left its mark on efforts, and federal actions have given environmental advocates cause for concern. Maryland's leaders will look…

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Top Issues of 2021 Session: Highway User Revenues

With the 2021 Legislative Session rapidly approaching, MACo is profiling some major issues that stand to gather attention in the General Assembly’s work. Here, we preview the impact of COVID-19 on Highway User Revenues. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a number of significant impacts on the revenues, expenditures, and operations of State transportation systems. Reduced travel by all modes of transportation is depleting revenues, and a reduction in demand has led to reduced service levels…

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Top Issues of 2021 Session: Sports Wagering

With the 2021 Legislative Session rapidly approaching, MACo is profiling some major issues that stand to gather attention in the General Assembly’s work. Here, we preview the road ahead for legal sports wagering in Maryland. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 found the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), the federal law prohibiting states from authorizing sports wagering, to be unconstitutional. It is now up to individual states to decide if they want to…

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Top Issues of 2021 Session: 5G Wireless and “Small Cell” Siting

With the 2021 Legislative Session rapidly approaching, MACo is profiling some major issues that stand to gather attention in the General Assembly’s work. Here, we preview the ongoing hot topic of "small cell" siting for fifth-generation (5G) wireless service - but note that the main decision-making has already taken place at the federal regulatory and judicial level. Wireless connectivity remains an important and growing part of the telecommunications infrastructure, and for relatively densely-built areas (mostly…

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Top Issues of 2021 Session: Transparency

With the 2021 Legislative Session rapidly approaching, MACo is profiling some major issues that stand to gather attention in the General Assembly’s work. Here, we preview potential action around transparency laws. Maryland's Open Meetings Act and Public Information Act outline transparency or "sunshine" requirements for state and local government agencies. The COVID-19 pandemic forced many government actors to change the way they operated while ensuring they provide the public access to their proceedings. Public bodies…

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