Sharing the Trail: Bicycles, Pedestrians, and Now…E-Scooters?!?

MACo's Winter Conference is just 2 weeks away - Dec 4-6. Don't miss this chance to connect with hundreds of county leaders to discuss "Building for the Future." County parks and rec trails...they're not just for walking and jogging anymore. MACo's Parks & Recreation Directors will host a session at the upcoming Winter Conference to discuss the increased multi-use demands on county trails and how that use is evolving to meet current trends. Title: Sharing…

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Dueling Pianos Return to #MACoCon Thanks to WGL!

MACo would like to take a moment to thank our Platinum Corporate Partner WGL Energy for hosting the dueling pianos event yet again this year! WGL Energy's Dueling Pianos Reception will take place Wednesday evening from 9:30 pm until Midnight, at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, MD. WGL Energy is a leader in efficient and environmentally-friendly energy technology solutions to residential, government, commercial and industrial customers. We deliver a full spectrum of energy solutions, including…

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Digging Into “Poor County” Testimony Before the Kirwan Commission

One element raised during the Kirwan Commission's November 12 public hearings, by one of Maryland's lowest wealth counties raises an interstate comparison: is Maryland losing out to Delaware when it comes to a central principle of the Commission's goals, funding equity? By one measure, yes we are. The Kirwan Commission held public hearings on November 12, with dozens of stakeholders and multiple counties presenting their views on the Commission recommendations. See Conduit Street coverage. From…

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Frederick Charter Review Commission Sets Deadline for Recommendations

The Frederick County Charter Review Commission has set a deadline of Sunday, December 1, 2019, to receive Frederick County Charter recommendations. The Charter Review Commission, established by the Frederick County Council, ensures that the Charter is clear, addresses the needs of contemporary government, and remains a functional, working document that effectively outlines the framework for the efficient operation of County government. According to a press release: Under Council Resolution 19-09, the Charter Review Commission’s final report…

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WWT Has the Tools Counties Need to Improve Digital Engagement at #MACoCon

World Wide Technologies, Inc. (WWT), MACo's Platinum Corporate Partner, wants to give counties the tools they need to improve their digital constituent engagement. Attend their Solutions Showcase Session at MACo's Winter Conference to see how they can help. Take a Number: Creating an engaging experience for your constituents The focus on user experience in the digital space has lead to increased expectations on how citizens engage with everyday services. Compared to the private sector, the…

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Pepco and Delmarva Power Can Help You Build More Efficient Communities at #MACoCon

MACo's Bronze Corporate Partners Pepco and Delmarva Power want to help you build more energy efficient communities with their Solutions Showcase Session at MACo's Winter Conference!  Efficient Buildings Create Efficient Communities Maximizing your budget and improving your building’s performance are crucial to a successful community. Pepco and Delmarva Power’s newest program, Energy Efficiency Communities, can help your organization stretch its dollar and increase its bottom line by reducing electrical consumption and energy bills. The Communities Program…

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Researchers: 2020 Census Guides $1.5 Trillion in Spending

In 2017, 316 federal spending programs relied on 2010 Census-derived data to distribute $1.504 trillion to state and local governments, nonprofits, businesses, and households across the nation -- more than previously thought, according to researchers at the George Washington Institute of Public Policy. The spending, which accounted for 7.8 percent of Gross Domestic Product in FY2017, varied substantially in terms of size, geographic focus, and extent of reliance on and uses of census data. The…

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Baltimore City Council Passes Retail Plastic Bag Ban

Baltimore City Council has passed legislation that bans retailers from distributing plastic bags, and imposes fees on other types of bags. The bill now heads to the Mayor's desk for final approval, and if signed into law would end a more than decade-long effort to restrict single use plastic bags in Baltimore. As previously reported on Conduit Street, legislation to ban plastic bags has encountered several obstacles, from a previous veto by former Mayor Stephanie…

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Send in Questions for MACoCon School Construction Panel

The opening roundtable of #MACoCon will be answering your questions on school construction and what the future holds for Maryland schools. Let MACo know if you have a topic you want directly addressed at the meeting (see instructions near the end of this post.) Change Order: Is a Shift in School Construction Funding on the Way? Description The 2020 General Assembly Session promises to be a year of change for school construction. Major legislation, first…

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15 Maryland High Schools on Best STEM High School List

Newsweek released a list of the best 500 high schools in America for STEM and 15 of them are located in Maryland. STEM refers to the grouping of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics courses. From Maryland Matters: “Children are natural STEM students. They love to explore,” Newsweek Global Editor in Chief Nancy Cooper said in a statement with the rankings. “We need to make sure that innate drive, curiosity and creativity aren’t lost along the way.” Among…

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