Cigna Expands Financial Wellness Services

Cigna, a Gold Corporate Partner and Winter Conference Sponsor, is expanding its financial wellness services, January 1, 2019. The My Secure Advantage (MSA) financial wellness program will become standard for most Cigna Group Insurance customers. The MSA program includes: Thirty days of money coaching from an experienced financial professional with the option to continue the relationship on a self-pay basis. Online tools and educational webinars to assist with financial planning. Resources and templates to create…

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Big Ideas for Your Community? Healthiest Communities Data Challenge is Here! Presented by Aetna

Do you or someone you know have BIG ideas for your community? The Healthiest Communities Data Challenge, presented by the Aetna Foundation and AcademyHealth, is looking for BIG ideas and BEST ways to leverage the available data in the Healthiest Communities rankings. The Healthiest Communities Rankings, provided by a collaboration between U.S. & World Report News and the Aetna Foundation, rank communities across the nation by measuring health-related components of society. The goal of these…

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Kirwan Commission Trims Cost Estimates, Funding Formulas Still Uncertain

The [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence this week unveiled new cost estimates for its recommendations to expand pre-kindergarten, increase teacher pay, provide more resources for at-risk students, and develop a new standard for college and career readiness. The $4.4 billion price tag, phased in over ten years, comes with a caveat: The Commission has yet to agree on the funding formulas that determine both the pattern and role of state and local funding. The…

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Maryland Counties Receive Millions in VA Benefits

Thirteen Maryland counties were among the 664 counties nationwide that each received more than $50 million in VA benefits in 2017 within their jurisdictions.  A majority of Maryland counties received more than $50 million in VA benefits, according to the National Association of Counties Analysis of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Data from 2017. Almost all Maryland counties received more than average amounts of VA benefits in 2017 compared to other counties in the US. Here…

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Making Your Mark at #MACoCon – Sponsorships and Exhibits Available!

MACo's 2019 Winter Conference, "Charting the Course," is expected to be record setting! The conference will be made up of: county elected officials county professionals state legislators, commercial representatives federal representatives ...joining together to discuss progress for counties this January 2-4 at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, MD. In just the span of 3 days, the conference will host... 600+ Influential Attendees 70 Inspirational Featured Speakers 26 Informative Educational Sessions ... and about 80 exhibitors…

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National Economy Chugs Along, More Jobs Added in November

The additional of 155,000 new jobs shows continued economic progress, but falls below estimates.  The US Bureau of Labor Statistics released job statistics from November this morning, stating, Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 155,000 in November, and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in health care, in manufacturing, and in transportation and warehousing. See the full press release from the Bureau…

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Baltimore City Passes Law Regulating Airbnb

According to WMAR, after a procedural final vote the Baltimore City Council has passed a bill regulating short-term rentals such as Airbnb. The Baltimore Sun reported on the details of the bill: The legislation would require hosts using the rental platforms to register with city authorities and impose a 9.5 percent hotel tax on Airbnb-style stays. It would also ban people from renting properties other than their primary homes. ... It does include a grandfather clause…

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Get Your Head In the Cloud at #MACoCon

Two private sector experts in cloud-based technology join a panel on tech issues driving county government change at MACo's Winter Conference. Maryland's Association of County Information Technology Officers are sponsoring a session at the upcoming MACo Conference on how it developments are driving policy change in county government. The session will include a presenters from county governments describing the effects of developments like 5G, broadband, and cyber threats on county practices. The panel will also…

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Conduit Street Podcast: #NG911 Report, Kirwan Testimony, Ranked-Choice Voting, #MACoCon, and County Awards

  MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website. Useful Links: Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Commission Charts Course for #NG911, Crafts Preliminary Recommendations Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Counties Weigh in on Kirwan Previous Conduit…

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4 Reminders You Need to See Before #MACoCon
Hundreds of local government stakeholders will gather to learn about county priorities, issues, and solutions at MACo's Winter Conference
4 Reminders You Need to See Before #MACoCon

MACo's Winter Conference is coming up on January 2-4, 2019. Here are a few reminders you don't want to miss... 1. REGISTER! If you haven't registered yet, do it soon! You don't want to miss this. Our current low rates are available through December 21. 2. Reserve your discounted hotel room HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS: Reserve a room at the Holiday Inn (about 1.5 miles from the the Hyatt) by calling 410-221-9900. Ask for the Maryland…

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