Counties Take Action Against Maternal and Infant Deaths

Attendees of the MACo Summer Conference session, "Women and Children are Dying. What are We Doing About It?," learned how experts from across the state are tracking and working to stem the disturbing uptick of maternal and infant deaths. Chairman of the Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC), Allan Anderson, discussed the grants CHRC provides to organizations who provide women's health programs such as those that tackle issues associated with maternal and infant health deaths and…

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Discuss What’s Next for Maryland at 2019 Winter #MACoCon – “Building for the Future”

MACo's Board of Directors and Conference Planning Committee are proud to announce the theme of the upcoming Winter Conference December 4-6, 2019: "Building for the Future." "Building for the Future" will focus on county governance challenges and best practices - from the foundation to the rooftop – that will decide Maryland’s future. Topics to be discussed include school construction, clean energy infrastructure and solar siting, “The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future,” medical cannabis in the workplace,…

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Counties Focus on Leadership During Changing Times at 2019 #MACoCon

The Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) 2019 Summer Conference concluded on August 17 with a closing address by Governor Larry Hogan. By all accounts, this year’s conference was the largest gathering of Maryland government stakeholders the event has sever seen! Approximately 2,800 participants gathered at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City to discuss county government challenges, solutions, and partnerships. See the list of session coverage below. The theme of the conference was “Winds…

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Montgomery Set to Unveil State-of-the-Art Library, Community Rec Center

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and Council President Nancy Navarro will preside over a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new Wheaton Library and Community Recreation Center on Sunday, September 8th at 2 p.m. The $70.9 million project and 92,000-square foot building is the first combined complex of its kind in Montgomery County, which will include a library, community recreation center, Friends of the Library used bookstore, park, underground parking garage and redesigned roadway. The…

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The Surprising Ways the Climate Impacts Public Health (And What Counties Can Do About It)

What do salmonella, septic systems, Lyme disease, Dengue Fever, and animal populations have in common? They were all topics of discussion for the ways in which the climate is impacting public health at the MACo Summer Conference session, "The Climate-Health Connection Will Blow You Away." Sara Lou Trescott, Environmental Health Director for Washington County set the stage with an overview of the connection between the climate and public health. Trescott touched upon the environmental health…

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How Community Choice Purchasing Fits into Maryland’s Clean Energy Future

Since the 1999 deregulation of the electricity generation market, the competitive residential market has grown only modestly. Deregulation promised greater consumer leverage, but many users have found the market to be opaque or confusing – limiting their ability to efficiently identify the most competitive pricing or the best fit source of clean energy alternatives. Community choice aggregation programs allow local governments to purchase power on behalf of their residents, businesses, and government accounts from an…

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Walking the Agritourism “Tightrope” at #MACoCon

Agriculture remains a key economic driver for the state of Maryland, but like all successful businesses, agriculture is evolving with the times. Agritourism now plays an increasingly important role in the long-term profitability of agriculture, especially for small- to mid-sized farms. However, while most counties have attempted to embrace agritourism, its diverse and sometimes vague nature poses a variety of regulatory challenges – from zoning and building code requirements to health and sanitation issues. Even…

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Hogan Announces $10 Million to Expand Broadband to Underserved Areas

In today’s world, internet connectivity is no longer a luxury—it is a necessity. Access to affordable internet, broadband, wireless, and cellular services is an essential component of a county’s economic development and the socio-economic advancements of its residents. Residents benefit from increased economic growth, improved labor market access and outcomes, access to better health care, enhanced civic participation, enriched education opportunities, improved quality of life, and overall competitive and vibrant communities. During his closing address…

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Olszewski Taps Two State Delegates for Administration Posts

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today made several important personnel announcements, filling key positions in his administration. Delegate Steve Lafferty will serve as chief sustainability officer, Delegate Eric Bromwell will serve as opioid strategy coordinator, and Troy Williams will serve as chief diversity officer. All three positions were recommended by Olszewski’s transition team. https://twitter.com/JohnnyOJr/status/1163495378118959108 https://twitter.com/EricBromwell/status/1163495219867901958 County Executive Olszewski also announced that Romaine Williams, who previously served as an assistant county attorney, has taken on a…

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Don’t Be Tempted to Be Preempted

Think you have local authority to regulate in a policy area because state law is silent on the issue? Think again because a court may find you have no authority under the legal doctrine of “implied preemption.” At this year's MACo Summer Conference, a panel of experts discussed the implied preemption doctrine, detailed specific examples where county authority has been challenged — including two recent high profile court decisions on solar siting and pesticide regulation,…

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