9-1-1 To Go – Live Demo and Discussion at #MACoCon

The MACo Summer Conference will feature a live demonstration of Next Generation 9-1-1 technology. For the 9-1-1 community, the pandemic demonstrated the need to plan for alternate ways to work. Beyond providing access to significant next-generation functionality, the remote redundancy of a cloud-based NG911 system simplifies and bolsters operational continuity when an emergency event threatens a 9-1-1 center. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Commission to Advance NG911 Across Maryland, a 2018 MACo Legislative Initiative,…

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Much-Anticipated Police Accountability Act Regs Published

On Friday, June 24th, the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission published emergency regulations regarding police accountability boards (PABs)/administrative charging committees (ACCs) and the police disciplinary matrix. Given their emergency designation, the regulations will be in effect for 180 days until fully finalized regulations are published. Under the Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021, the Commission was charged with developing police disciplinary standards and guidelines. The provisions of COMAR 12.04.09, governing county PABs and ACCs, are…

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FEMA Hosts Federal Flood Risk Management Webinar

On July 8th, FEMA will host a webinar for emergency response planners to provide feedback on the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard for Public Assistance. On June 3, 2022, FEMA announced its release of the Partial Implementation of the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard for Public Assistance (Interim) which provides elevation requirements for actions involving structures located in a designated floodplain. The Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS) is a flood standard established to increase…

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HUD Setting Aside $365 Million to Tackle Homelessness

On Wednesday, June 22nd, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released approximately $365 million in funding to assist the unsheltered homeless population and address homeless encampments. Under the funding package, counties can receive three-year Continuum of Care Program grants totaling $322 million. These grants will assist with homeless outreach, permanent housing, supportive services, and other costs as part of a comprehensive community approach to solving unsheltered homelessness. In addition, rural counties may be eligible for funding from…

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Calvert Adopts New Building Code

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners adopted the 2018 International Building Code (IBC) and the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) as the Calvert County Building Code, effective July 1, 2022. Calvert County Building Code changes include, but are not limited to: Requirements for roof access and pathways for firefighters for houses with rooftop solar panels Guard handrail requirements now only apply to the specific portion of a walking surface that exceeds 30 inches above…

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All 24 Counties Receive Education Grants Totaling More than $169 M

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has announced that it has approved more than $169 million in Maryland Lead grants to help overcome pandemic challenges. Maryland will disburse more than $169 million in funding to local education agencies (LEAs) across the state to "directly accelerate learning and seed long-term, sustainable, and transformational change in Maryland school communities." All 24 of Maryland's school districts applied and were approved for grant funding: All 24 Maryland School…

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Stephanie Whalon Named Acting Director of Harford Procurement

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman has named Stephanie Whalon acting director of procurement. Ms. Whalon will follow former director Karen Myers, who departed for a position in state government. Ms. Myers led the department over the past eight years, saving taxpayers nearly $27 million through market research, smart negotiations, and other efficiencies. “We appreciate Karen Myers’ service and wish her well as we welcome Stephanie Whalon to her new role,” County Executive Glassman said. “Stephanie…

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Monica Lewis Appointed Senior Director of Mayor Scott’s Communications Office

Mayor Brandon M. Scott has appointed Monica Lewis to serve as the new Senior Director of the Mayor’s Office of Communications. In this role, Lewis will work with Mayor Scott and Chief of Staff Michael Huber to create core messaging for the administration. She will be responsible for providing oversight of the Office of Communications staff, establishing departmental priorities and developing long-term communications strategies for both local and national media. She will report directly to…

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Too Cool for Traditional School: The Changing Role of Community Colleges and Career and Technical Education

Maryland is at a turning point: The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future and its attached funding are set to accelerate career and technical educational (CTE) offerings in K-12 education, as the workforce’s demands for skilled positions are evolving. Coupled with the diversifying role of its community colleges, Maryland has the potential to meet tomorrow’s challenges beyond the next years and into the next generation. Too Cool for Traditional School: The Changing Role of Community Colleges and…

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State Enhances Incentives to Address Election Judge Shortage

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the State is expanding its leave incentives for its employees to serve as local election judges for the upcoming July 19 Primary Election and the November 8 General Election. Local boards of elections are struggling to recruit election judges, in addition to complications with pandemic-driven supply shortages, the spread of false information, and administrative issues with canvassing mail-in ballots. “Election judges play an important role in the democratic process,…

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