Calvert County Swears in Commissioner Christopher Gadway

Calvert County swore in its new County Commissioner Christopher Gadway on July 27, to complete the term vacated by former Commissioner Thomas Hutchins. On July 27, the Calvert County Commissioners welcomed Christopher Gadway, their newest member following his appointment by Governor Hogan. The swearing in and installation took place on the same day as MACo's briefing to the Commissioners, with MACo President and Caroline County Commissioner Wilbur Levengood and Executive Director Michael Sanderson sharing updates…

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Research Shows Public Sector Apprenticeships Can Create Pathways for Economic Mobility and Racial Equity

Recent research published by the Urban Institute and featured on WeRise noted how Public Sector Apprenticeships provide value to employers, job seekers, and the broader economy. Recruitment and retention are major challenges for all employers and those in the public sector are no exception. A strong Public Sector Apprenticeship program creates a pipeline of new employees for state and local governments. However, one additional benefit that may not initially be clear is the opportunity Public…

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Are Some Pandemic Quick Fixes Here to Stay? A Longer-Term Look at Short-Term Solutions

MACo’s Summer Conference is coming up August 18-21, 2021, and is completely IN-PERSON at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Join us for insightful and beneficial sessions focusing on local government challenges and priorities. MACo’s Summer Conference – “Resilient. Responsive…Ready.” will cover evergreen issues that impact counties, as well as many topics pertaining to response and recovery around the pandemic, such as those described in the session below: Are Some Pandemic Quick Fixes…

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Fun Fact: QUIZ…Can You Name All 24 Maryland County Seats?

A county seat is the town or city where county government is centered. It is where the executive and legislative branches of county government have their offices, and the county courthouse is found. Of the 50 states, Maryland is among those with the fewest number of local governments. Local government is found in Maryland's 23 counties, 157 towns and cities, including Baltimore City, and special taxing districts, which are created by state, county, and municipal…

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Maryland in 35 Minutes? Fair or Not? Watch and Decide For Yourself

A YouTube series called "The US Explained" recently released its installment on the seventh state, Maryland. That is Interesting is a YouTube channel that recently undertook the adventure of going state by state, and profiling each of the Unite States with its own video, describing history, geography, and culture across each. The Maryland video, about 35 minutes long, was released this month. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EhpwWIqsJQ&t=100s What do you think? Does this snippet do our state justice? Did…

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The Next Census of Governments is Right Around the Corner

In 2022, the US Census will conduct its five-year Census of Governments, an inventory of public sector entities serving Americans at every level - be ready now for a streamlined survey effort ahead. Census of Governments The Census of Governments identifies the scope and nature of the nation's state and local government sector; provides authoritative benchmark figures of public finance and public employment. The U.S. Census Bureau is beginning its Census of Governments outreach and…

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Baltimore County Announces New Dept of Housing and Community Development

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today signed legislation creating the County’s first dedicated Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to help ensure access to affordable housing, provide housing stability support, and develop stronger neighborhoods by providing community revitalization supports in a timely and efficient manner. Of the state’s largest jurisdictions, Baltimore County is the only one that does not currently operate a dedicated housing and community development department. The County’s new Department of Housing…

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Civic Participation: One Possible Upside of the Shutdowns?

An author on Route Fifty argues that wider use of remote access tools may mark an expansion in civic and public participation in governance. Megan Asikainen from CivicClerk (a component of CivicPlus, the company that developed and manages MACo's website), talks through the remote access mini-revolution born from the health pandemic...and finds a silver lining in making policy processes even more open to the public, through wider acceptance of online access tools. From the Route…

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Olszewski Announces Plans for County Department of Housing and Community Development

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced plans to introduce legislation that would create Baltimore County's first Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The new DHCD would help ensure access to affordable housing, provide housing stability support, and develop stronger neighborhoods by providing community revitalization supports in a timely and efficient manner. From the press release: “Access to quality housing is a fundamental right and we must do whatever we can to build stronger,…

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Baltimore City Announces Chief Data Officer, Broadband and Digital Equity Director

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott today announced two appointments for Chief Data Office and the City's first Director of Broadband and Digital Equity. Mayor Scott announced Justin Elszasz, currently the Deputy Director and Analytics Lead for the Mayor’s Office of Performance & Innovation, will serve as the administration’s Chief Data Officer. Jason Hardebeck has been appointed as the City’s first Director of Broadband and Digital Equity. Elszasz and Hardebeck officially assume their roles in the…

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