Conduit Street Podcast, Episode #5 – The Power of Partnership

MACo’s Winter Conference will focus on intergovernmental cooperation and ways that counties can partner with entities in the public and private sector to achieve the best results for Maryland’s residents. Sessions will highlight collaboration across county lines and service areas to address priorities like the opioid epidemic, Next Gen 9-1-1, and the environment, along with other important topics like mutual aid agreements and cooperative purchasing.

On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson discuss the MACo Winter Conference and its focus on reviewing timely issues that will be relevant during the upcoming Maryland General Assembly Session.

MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast.

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Calvert County Recognized for Staff Training Practices

The Local Government Insurance Trust, a MACo corporate partner, recognizes members each year for outstanding efforts to address risk management issues. At this year’s LGIT Annual meeting held October 27 in Annapolis, Calvert County received an award for their outstanding efforts with staff training.

From the LGIT event program:

With this outstanding effort, it is obvious that Calvert County understands the benefits and positive impact loss control and risk management training can provide. County attendance at training continues to benefit not only Calvert County staff and personnel, but the citizens of Calvert County and the community as a whole.

MACo Welcomes Correctional Healthcare Provider, PrimeCare Medical, as Newest Corporate Partner

PrimeCare Medical, Inc., providers of correctional healthcare, have signed on as MACo’s newest Bronze Corporate Partner.

PRIMECARE_logo_newPrimeCare Medical, Inc. is committed to managing and reducing risk in correctional healthcare by providing cost-effective quality healthcare management, continuously improving the standards of care and striving for national accreditation for all facilities. Dedicated to correctional healthcare, PrimeCare Medical prides itself on strong client relationships, and effective and efficient management of healthcare services – heralding these attributes as hallmarks of their success. PrimeCare Medical provides comprehensive healthcare services to county jails, prisons, and juvenile detention centers throughout the Northeastern United States, specializing in correctional healthcare management through the significant contributions and strong moral values of their employees. Learn more about PrimeCare Medical.

County governments are always looking for new ways to deliver efficient and effective services to their constituents. MACo’s Corporate Partner Program was established to provide a forum for companies and organizations to market themselves to county decision-makers. Through the exchange of ideas and information, lasting partnerships have been formed. For more information, contact Leslie Velasco.

MACo Welcomes Bill2Pay as New Silver Corporate Partner

MACo is pleased to welcome Bill2Pay as a MACo Silver Corporate Partner.Bill2Pay

Bill2Pay’s strong commitment to provide the most complete and accurate billing & payment processing services to Tax Collectors is second to none. Bill2Pay leverages decades of industry knowledge to blend traditional practices with modern technology to deliver unparalleled billing and payment solutions. Bill2Pay specializes in providing custom solutions for the Tax Collector market. (Learn more)

Learn more about MACo’s Corporate Partner Program or contact Leslie Velasco for more details!

2017 Aspire Awards from NACo & Nationwide – Submissions Due May 26

The National Association of Counties (NACo) and Nationwide Retirement Solutions are excited to launch the 2017 Aspire Awards which honors and recognizes counties for innovative solutions and promoting employee retirement savings. Submissions are due May 26, 2017.

Are you aware that over 350,000 county employees from more than 3,000 county agencies are saving for retirement with the NACo Deferred Compensation program? That’s 350,000 citizens who were given the opportunity to take an active role in planning for their future – 350,000 community members who, in the face of numerous and competing financial demands, took that opportunity, and decided to utilize a trusted program to save. In a day and age when individuals and organizations alike are pushed to do more with less, NACo is eager to recognize the monumental contribution from NACo’s county plan sponsors in marketing this cornerstone program successfully and helping that number of participants reach new heights.

Please review the guidelines here for further information. Please address questions to Carlos Greene at NACo at cgreene@naco.org or 404-263-3656.

Register to Attend CEIWC’s 2017 Free Workers’ Comp Seminars

Register to attend one of Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company’s Workers’ Compensation Seminars. Specialists in safety services, premium audit, claims management along with legal professionals will provide a valuable half-day best practices overview.

Upcoming Seminar Dates:

  • Thursday, April 20 at the Pikesville Double Tree Hotel: Register here
  • Thursday, May 4 at the Easton Tidewater Inn: Register here
  • Thursday, October 5 at the Bowie Comfort Inn Hotel: Register here
  • Thursday, October 12 at the Frederick Holiday Inn and Conference Center: Register here

Registration will begin at 8:30 am and the seminar will go from 9:00 am until 1 pm. Admission is free but online reservations are required. Executive continental breakfast and refreshments will be provided.

Watch the YouTube video below to see why you should attend a policyholders seminar.

Key Presenters:

  • Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella, Esq., Shawe Rosenthal, LLP
  • Dr. Stephen Fisher, Director of Medical Services, Chesapeake Employers

Topics of the seminars’ informative presentations:

  • Employment Law – Best Practices to Avoid Wage and Hour Claims
  • Top 3 Most Common and Costly Injuries and Steps to Prevent Them
  • Understanding the Premium Audit Process
  • Chesapeake Employers’ Claims & Medical Health Services Team Approach for Better Claims Outcomes & an Improved E-Mod.
  • Chesapeake Employers’ Legal Defense Services Overview
  • Mock Workers’ Compensation Hearing with a Maryland Workers’ Comp. Commissioner

For more information please contact Carolyn Gutermuth at 410-494-2170. CEIWC is a MACo Gold Corporate Partner.

Shop, Reuse, and Reimagine with MACo’s New Bronze Corporate Partner: Savers

MACo is proud to welcome Savers as a new Bronze Corporate Partner!

PrintFor over 60 years, the Savers family of thrift stores has been committed to supporting nonprofit partners in the communities where they operate by purchasing used goods from them to sell in their stores. With their partners, they have learned that donors expect an easy, convenient drop off with personal contact. Savers now has staffed Donation Drop Spot pods throughout Maryland. Just like at their stores, their nonprofit partners are paid for every donation made. In Maryland, their Donation Drop Spot locations support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area, the Lupus Foundation of America and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake. Because of their partners’ donation programs and their reuse efforts, Savers keeps over 650,000,000 pounds of textiles out of landfills every year.

Learn more at www.savers.com or by calling 425.786.5153.

St. Mary’s County Receives LGIT Training Grant Award

St. Mary’s County government has been awarded a training grant from the Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT). The grant of $5,860 will provide Americans with Disabilities (ADA) training to county employees.

LGIT Executive Director Timothy Ailsworth (left) presents LGIT Training Grant $5,860 Award check to Commissioner President Randy Guy, Courtesy of St. Mary's County Public Information Office
LGIT Executive Director Timothy Ailsworth (left) presents LGIT Training Grant $5,860 Award check to Commissioner President Randy Guy, Courtesy of St. Mary’s County Public Information Office

According to the press release,

The grant will cover two 4-hour live training for new hires. Recorded and online presentations will also be available for individuals unable to attend the live training sessions.

Timothy Ailsworth, LGIT Executive Director, presented a check representing the full grant amount to the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County at its February 14 business meeting.

ADA One, LLC has been selected to conduct the training based upon the firm’s expertise. Irene Bowen, ADA One President and training presenter, is a noted expert in the field, having served as the Deputy Chief of the Disability Rights Section at the U. S. Department of Justice and Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Access Board.

LGIT is a MACo Gold Corporate Partner.

Fun Fact: Did You Know that the First Gas Streetlamp in the Country was Lit in the City of Baltimore?

Question: Did you know that the first gas streetlamp in the country was lit in the City of Baltimore?

Courtesy of Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh
Courtesy of Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh

It’s true! The gas streetlamp was first lit 200 years ago by BGE’s predecessor, the Gas Light Company of Baltimore. Artist Rembrandt Peale first lit up a room in his museum on Holliday Street using a ring of burning gas on June 11, 1816. Eight days later, the mayor signed an ordinance allowing the Gas Light Company of Baltimore to begin lighting the streets. That became a reality on Feb. 7, 1817, when the first gas street lamp was lit at a ceremony on Holliday Street.

Baltimore CitySource: BGE, an Exelon Company

Do you have a fun fact to share about your county? If so, please send it to Kaley Schultze to be featured in MACo’s weekly Fun Fact on Conduit Street.

McGrath Named Maryland Environmental Service Director

Deputy Chief of Staff Roy McGrath has been appointed to serve as Director of the Maryland Environmental Service (MES), a MACo Bronze Corporate Partner.

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Roy McGrath, Courtesy of Maryland Manual On-line

From the press release,

The director is appointed by the governor, and serves as the chief executive officer and chairman of a nine member Board of Directors. MES is a self-supporting, non-profit public corporation that provides services to government and private sector clients, including dredged material management, water and wastewater treatment, recycling, hazardous materials cleanup, storm water services, and renewable energy.

“I can think of no one better suited to lead an innovative organization like Maryland Environmental Service than Roy McGrath,” said Governor Hogan. “Roy’s business acumen, deep policy knowledge, and extensive experience in the public and private sectors will deliver tremendous results for Maryland and our great companies and governmental organizations that utilize MES’ services.”

McGrath has served in the Hogan administration since the governor’s inauguration in January 2015, first as the governor’s senior advisor and liaison to the Board of Public Works, and subsequently as deputy chief of staff focusing on state business matters and public safety. As Board of Public Works advisor, among responsibilities, he reviewed hundreds of millions of dollars in environmental projects statewide.

“I am honored and grateful to Governor Hogan for the opportunity to serve in this exciting new role, and I look forward to leading and further strengthening MES at both the governmental and private sector levels,” said McGrath. “It has been a privilege to be part of this administration and the governor’s senior leadership team, and I am committed to continuing to serve the great State of Maryland.”

McGrath takes over for Deputy Director John O’Neill, Jr. who has been serving as Acting Director of MES since the retirement of Jim Harkins in March of 2016.