MD Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $800k for Housing Counseling Services

Members of Maryland's congressional delegation have announced $793,828 to expand housing-related counseling. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development FY2020 Supplemental Housing Counseling Grant Program and will be used for housing-related counseling, including financial literacy, property maintenance and fiscal management services. From the press release: "The pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis have created significant financial hardship for many across our state. This latest federal funding effort will help strengthen…

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MACo Seeks Policy Fellow for 2021 Legislative Session

The Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) is seeking a paid, work-from-home Policy Fellow to assist the Executive Director and staff during the 2021 Maryland General Assembly Session. MACo is a nonpartisan organization that represents the interests of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. The Association is involved in a variety of policy areas affecting county government, including but not limited to: budgets, taxation, business affairs, finance, procurement, labor relations, public works, elections, education, environment, public…

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Counties Partner with State, Federal Officials to Ensure Safe & Secure Election

As early voting kicks off today across Maryland, counties are working closely with state and federal partners to maintain the integrity of state and local election systems and data. “Elections are the cornerstone of our democracy, and it is our shared responsibility to ensure Marylanders are able to cast their vote safely and securely,” said Governor Hogan. “Over the last several weeks, we have been engaged in planning exercises with our federal partners to discuss…

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MDH to Assign Health Ambassadors to Polling Places Statewide

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) announced that the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps, in partnership with the State Board of Elections (SBE), will be assigning volunteer Health Ambassadors to polling places across Maryland in order to help keep both voters and poll workers safe. Health Ambassadors will help reinforce public guidance for maintaining social distance and wearing face coverings, distribute masks to individuals in nee of one, provide guidance on proper face mask use,…

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Howard Procurement Receives National Recognition

The Howard County Office of Purchasing has been recognized by the National Procurement Institute with the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) award for 2020. AEP awards are given to public and non-profit agencies that exhibit innovation, professionalism, productivity, e-procurement, and leadership in their work. Howard's procurement outfit was one of only 40 recipients this year. The Office of Purchasing has placed a strong emphasis on securing local vendors, nearly doubling the amount of registered…

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Carroll Approves Airport Runway Expansion Project

Carroll County Commissioners unanimously approved a proposal to begin the first phase of the Carroll County Regional Airport's $80 million runway expansion project. The Westminster airport's new runway is planned to be expanded by 400 feet in order to ease the way for aircraft carrying heavier loads to land more safely in adverse conditions. In order to complete the project, a section of Meadow Branch Road will be relocated to west of its current location…

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Maryland Board of Public Works – November 4, 2020 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works (BPW) reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have an effect on county governments. The BPW is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public. The meeting will be held in Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis. Note: In light of the COVID-19 epidemic,…

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Calvert Earns Three AAA Bond Ratings

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners yesterday announced that -- for the fifth consecutive assessment -- the County received AAA credit ratings from three major bond rating agencies. Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investors Services, and S&P Global Ratings each assigned their highest ratings due to the County’s strong economy, robust revenues, and sound financial management. “It takes hard work and planning to achieve this rating,” said County Administrator Mark Willis. “Our fiscal health comes through…

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Cecil Jail Experiences Largest Correctional COVID-19 Outbreak in State

In the past week, the Cecil County jail has seen over 70 inmates and 16 workers test positive -- a sixfold increase from the previous week.  In the week prior to this spike, the number of positive cases in the jail was one inmate and four officers. So far 133 inmates and 84 staff members have tested negative. The Baltimore Sun reports on the jail's response to the outbreak and other precautionary measures that have…

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St. Mary’s Solar Task Force Granted Extension

The Commissioners of St. Mary's County have approved an extension of the County's Solar Task Force until June 2021. The Task Force has been examining solar zoning and siting in the county for the past several months through several public meetings. The Task Force was established in February, but was delayed due to the COVID crisis, and only able to begin work in June. On Tuesday, Bill Hunt, the County's Director of Land Use and…

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