Data Transparency and Accountability Experts Sign On as Resource for Maryland Counties

The Maryland Association of Counties is proud to welcome OpenGov to our Corporate Partner Program! MACo's Corporate Partners are industry experts and leaders in their fields. They serve as resources to enhance the work of county government, providing insight and cost-saving solutions. OpenGov is the leader in modern cloud ERP software for our nation’s cities, counties, and state agencies. “Public sector leaders all want to embrace transparency and public input. OpenGov has a history of…

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Fun Fact: One of the World’s Oldest Railroad Bridges Is in Maryland – Where Is It?

Located over the Gwynns Falls stream near Carroll Park in southwest Baltimore, the Carrollton Viaduct is the first stone masonry arch bridge built for railroad use in the United States for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and is currently one of the oldest railroad bridges still in use in the world. Photo courtesy of Maryland Historical Trust The bridge was named in honor of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the last living signer of the Declaration…

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Howard Announces CARES Act Spending Dashboard

Howard County announced the launch of a dashboard that will track spending of its allocated CARES Act funding. The dashboard will track the County's actual and projected spending as the December 30 federal deadline for expending funds approaches. From the press release: “We believe it’s imperative that the federal government act to provide an additional round of stimulus funding to local governments as we endure another spike in cases,” said Ball. “We are confident that…

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How Can Counties Reduce Risk and Improve Results? Develop a Data & Analytics Strategy

Don’t miss MACo’s Winter Series session on improving your data and analytics strategies! MACo’s Winter Series includes content directly aimed at solving common governance and administrative challenges. Developing a strong data and analytics strategy is just one of the challenges facing local governments. Moser Consulting, a MACo Bronze Corporate Partner, will host a pre-recorded session on their strategies and how you can use them for your county. Register for MACo’s Winter Series to attend the…

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Charles Pursues Establishing Resilience Authority

Charles County is moving forward with plans to create a resilience authority.  The Charles County Commissioners will hold a public hearing in December to consider legislation to create the Resilience Authority of Charles County. Legislation passed during the 2020 General Assembly Session with MACo's support that enables local governments to form resilience authorities to aid in the financing of resilience infrastructure projects. As many communities across the State struggle with the impacts of sea level…

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Ag Preservation and Program Open Space: State Agencies Brief Committee

Today, the Joint Subcommittee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation was briefed by State agencies on a variety of land use topics.  Representatives from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), and the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) were on hand to provide updates. The presentations focused on the status of land acquisition and preservation, as well as the impacts of the pandemic on agriculture and parks. MDA…

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November 18 Board of Public Works Meeting: What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) considered and approved the following requests and recommendations in its November 18, 2020 meeting. This is not a comprehensive list of all considerations and approvals during the meeting. Allegany A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $26,550 from Program Open Space funding allocated to Allegany County for the following two projects at Bel-Air Community Park: $14,850 to install four new pickleball courts (Item…

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Montgomery Council Introduces Bill to Prohibit School Resource Officers

The Montgomery County Council introduced Bill 46-20, which would prohibit the Montgomery County Police Department from deploying School Resource Officers (SROs) to Montgomery County Public Schools. Montgomery County Councilmembers Will Jawando and Hans Riemer are the lead sponsors for this proposed legislation. A school resource officer is a sworn uniformed law officer trained in emergency preparedness, crisis management, community policing concepts and problem solving who is assigned to work as a liaison to Montgomery County Public…

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Frederick Announces $425k Grant Awards for Community Nonprofits

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced $425,000 in one-time grant awards to help two nonprofit community projects. Funds will support construction of an emergency family shelter, a project of the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs as well as support the development of a heritage center being established by the African American Resources - Cultural and Heritage Society of Frederick. From the County press release: “Frederick County is a caring community, committed to making life…

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Anne Arundel Doubles Down on Efforts to Reduce Sediment Pollution

Today, Anne Arundel County announced new guidance for construction site property owners and contractors in an effort to reduce sediment pollution. The County’s Department of Inspections and Permits released the guidance calling for more sediment and erosion controls on construction sites in advance of wet weather, and increased enforcement of all sites near the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The new guidance alerts contractors and property owners that the Department may require additional stabilization of…

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