Jan 25 Board of Public Works Meeting: Here’s What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) — a three-member panel including Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Dereck Davis — reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies, many of which affect county governments. The BPW considered and approved the following requests and recommendations at its meeting on January 25, 2023: Anne Arundel County A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $250,000 grant to the Board of Education…

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Montgomery County Council Establishes Economic Development Committee

The Montgomery County Council has established a new committee on economic development. Montgomery's new Economic Development Committee is chaired by Natali Fani-González and has four members. According to the county council's website, its jurisdiction includes Alcohol Beverage Services, Agritourism, Conference and Visitors Bureau, Economic Development, Incubator Programs, MCEDC, Permitting Services, Revenue Authority, Small Business Advancement Team, Telecommunications and Technology (Office of Broadband Programs, Digital Equity, FiberNet programs), Urban Districts/BIDs, and Worksource. Economic Development Committee (ECON)…

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Board of Public Works: January 25 Meeting Agenda

The Board of Public Works — a three-member panel including Governor Wes Moore, Comptroller Brooke Lierman, and State Treasurer Dereck Davis — reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies, many of which affect county governments. The State Board of Public Works (BPW) typically convenes on alternating Wednesdays in the Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis, and meetings are open to the public. They are also live-streamed on…

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County Leaders Learn About Workforce Development Opportunities in The Blueprint

MACo and county leaders explore workforce development priorities in The Blueprint and potentially opportunities for counties to lead. On January 20, MACo held a virtual webinar on The Blueprint for Maryland's Future (The Blueprint) and workforce development initiatives built into the landmark education reform law. Specifically, the webinar explored new State funding for career counseling for Maryland's high school students on career-based post-high school paths in the same manner schools coach students in university and college…

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Why the U.S. Farm Bill Matters to Counties – A NACo Guide

The 2023 U.S. Farm Bill reauthorization process can be complicated, but the National Association of Counties has a primer to walk county governments through the process and what to expect. The National Association of Counties (NACo) has provided a primer on the 2023 Farm Bill to break down its importance for county governments and step readers through the reauthorization process in an easy-to-read way.  Resources in the primer include highlights of programs of interest, a…

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January 19 Webinar: The Rising Importance & Popularity of Youth Career Development

Join a coalition of policy leaders and think tanks for an informative webinar on the growing importance -- and popularity -- of career development education. On Thursday, January 19th at 2:00 pm, Maryland's own Senator Jim Rosapepe will participate in a webinar discussion on workforce development and career readiness education for America's students.  The virtual panel, titled "New Skills for A New Economy: The Rising Importance & Popularity of Youth Career Development," will bring together national…

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Counties Learn How Tourism Turns Clicks Into Cash

At MACo's Winter Conference industry experts discussed the intersection of technology and tourism. Tourism is an important part of Maryland’s economy, from the mountains of Western Maryland to the waters of the Chesapeake and everywhere in between. In recent years, technology has become an irreplaceable tool for tourism, and the data which that technology generates holds endless opportunity to support economic development. One of the biggest takeaways from this session was the discussion on cellphone…

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PA Lagging on Chesapeake Blueprint Implementation, Holding MD and VA Back

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s 2022 State of The Blue Print shows progress, but more work is needed.  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) recently released its 2022 State of The Blueprint. The report showed significant strides in meeting the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint by the 2025 implementation deadline. The Blueprint is a plan outlining pollution reduction targets for Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, the three states that make up 90% of the Chesapeake Bay’s pollution. https://twitter.com/chesapeakebay/status/1612495938794176512 Maryland and Virginia…

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Baltimore City Expands Outdoor Dining Program

The City of Baltimore recently announced new options in their outdoor dining policy and an extension on existing outdoor dining permits.  The Baltimore City Department of Transportation (BCDOT) announced today that it will soon be expanding its outdoor dining program to include permanent curbside parklets.  BCDOT temporarily modified its outdoor dining program back in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Curbside parklets were temporarily approved for outdoor dining to promote social distancing and to…

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Look Ahead On Economic Development Policy, With MEDA and at #MACoCon

Public policy affecting economic development, building, and infrastructure will all be a focus for the fast-changing Annapolis landscape. The Maryland Economic Development Association's January conference will highlight it all. At the 2023 MEDA Conference, public and private sector leaders will share their thoughts on economic development-related legislation that will be considered by the Maryland General Assembly during the 2023 session. From the draft agenda for January 12th: 9:45 – 10:45 am   MARYLAND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP REPORT…

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