Thank You to all of our Generous Sponsors! #MACoCon19

We'd just like to take a minute to thank all of our sponsors for the upcoming MACo Summer Conference for their generous support! Food & Event Sponsors: AARP - (Governor's Cabinet Reception) Aetna - (Crab Feast Sponsor) American Fidelity - (Attendee Lounge, HR Affiliate, Administrators Affiliate) AT&T - (Crab Feast Sponsor) AmWins - (All Day Beverage Station Sponsor) BGE - (Crab Feast Sponsor) BioEnergy DevCo - (Governor's Cabinet Reception) Care First BlueCross BlueShield (Crab Feast…

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#MACoCon Hotels Are Going, Going…Almost Gone! View Remaining Discounts

MACo's 2019 Summer Conference is shaping up to be a big year! Our hotel blocks are already selling out or expiring - book yours today! See our list of preferred partners below! WINDS OF CHANGE MACo Summer Conference Roland Powell Convention Center Worcester County – Ocean City, Maryland August 14-17, 2019 BROCHURE | REGISTER | SPONSOR | HOTELS | MORE   More than 2,500 people will attend this conference to discuss harnessing change in government…

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Feds Allocate More Than $6 Million for Affordable Housing Across Maryland

In a joint announcement, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen shared information about the latest round of federal funding for affordable housing and community development programming that has been allocated to jurisdictions in Maryland. The Bay Net reports: The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) has allocated more than $5.3 million through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, $160 thousand through the Emergency Solutions…

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The Robot Who Lives at the Library

Technology is increasingly interwoven into government services in ways that may surprise you. A MACo Summer Conference session explores the effect of technology on service delivery and expectations. Are you more likely to google to find your county's holiday trash schedules or call the Department of Public Works? Or...is there an app for that? MACo's Summer Conference will feature a session on ways that government entities - state, local, and county, are reaching their residents…

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U.S. House Passes Resolution to Reclassify 9-1-1 Specialists as First Responders

The United States House of Representatives yesterday passed a bipartisan resolution to recognize 9-1-1 specialists as first responders. Specifically, the provisions of the “911 Supporting Accurate Views of Emergency Services (SAVES) Act” were among the numerous amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed by a vote of 220-197. Specifically, the legislation would reclassify 9-1-1 call-takers and dispatchers from “Office and Administrative Support Occupations” to “Protective Service Occupations” in the Office of Management…

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NACo Annual Conference Kicks Off, 3,000+ County Officials Expected to Attend

NACo's Annual Conference is the largest gathering of county officials and professionals from across the country. More than 3,000 individuals are expected to attend to discuss nationwide county governance challenges and solutions. The National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference and Expo begins today and goes through Monday, July 15. It's hosted in Clark County, NV, this year and will welcome 3,000+ individuals from across the country. Participants from counties of all sizes come together…

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Anne Arundel Task Force to Examine Mental Health Needs of Children

Anne Arundel school system and county staff members will form a task force to examine ways to continue to address children's social and emotional needs. Anne Arundel County Board of Education members were informed this week that the task force they established  in May will begin its work in September. The task force will include student, parents, community groups, mental health experts, and county and school system representatives. The task force will examine factors leading…

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Charles County’s “Ghost Fleet” Now a National Marine Sanctuary
Mallows Bay Ghost Fleet (Source: Charles County Government)
Charles County’s “Ghost Fleet” Now a National Marine Sanctuary

A Charles County press release (2019-07-08) announced that the County, the State of Maryland, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have designated a national marine sanctuary to protect the remains of a "ghost fleet" of more than 100 abandoned World War I vessels. The Mallow Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary will be located in the Potomac River between Charles County and Stafford County, Virginia, about 40 miles south of Washington, DC. Mallows Bay…

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MES to Run Garrett County’s Water & Wastewater Treatment Plants

A Garrett County Republican article (2017-07-11) reported that the Garret County Commissioners have entered into an intergovernmental agreement with the Maryland Environmental Service (MES) that will have MES take over operations of the County's water and wastewater treatment plants. The County estimates it will save nearly $100,000 a year from the agreement and allow the County to reduce 13 positions in the Utilities-Operations Department. The agreement allows affected employees to apply to MES with preferential consideration for…

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