Preview the 2019 Session “Big Picture”

A compilation of Issue Papers previews major fiscal and policy issues facing the General Assembly in the year ahead. This resource is a handy guide to the top issues that your legislators will be tackling in the year ahead – a great preparation document for county officials in advance of meetings with their local Delegations. Developed by the Department of Legislative Services, the 2019 Issue Papers are an annual staple for the Annapolis policy-inclined population.…

Comments Off on Preview the 2019 Session “Big Picture”
2019 Economic Forecast

Stay up to date on the state of the local and national economy by attending the 2019 MACo Winter Conference. 2019 Economic Forecast Description: Economic activity reflects a balance between what people, businesses, and governments want to buy and what they want to sell. Recent actions in Congress and the United States Supreme Court led to short-term revenue write-ups and budget surpluses, but will the good times last? This session provides a detailed outlook for…

Comments Off on 2019 Economic Forecast
Talk Land Use, Environment & Transportation with Smart Growth Subcabinet at #MACoCon

The Smart Growth Subcabinet is holding court at the 2019 January MACo Winter Conference. This is your chance to hear about land use, environment, transportation and other important county issues directly from Cabinet secretaries and other key Administration decisionmakers. Let MACo know if you have a topic you want directly addressed at the meeting (see instructions near the end of this post.) A Chat with the Smart Growth Subcabinet Description The Smart Growth Subcabinet oversees…

Comments Off on Talk Land Use, Environment & Transportation with Smart Growth Subcabinet at #MACoCon
Conduit Street Podcast: Election Tidbits, Congressional District Dilemma, and Amazon Is Coming! … Sort Of

On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally discuss some of the "too close to call" election races in Frederick County, review the fate of some of the more intriguing ballot questions from across the country, explain the significance of a federal court's ruling that Maryland's 6th Congressional District is unconstitutionally gerrymandered and must be redrawn in time for the 2020 election, and ponder what Amazon's decision to co-locate…

Comments Off on Conduit Street Podcast: Election Tidbits, Congressional District Dilemma, and Amazon Is Coming! … Sort Of
What’s Next for Sparrows Point Redevelopment? Baltimore County Releases Plan to Help Tradepoint Atlantic

The proposal includes $78 million in county assistance to help Tradepoint Atlantic build infrastructure -- roads, water lines and sewer pipes -- for the redevelopment of the former steel mill at Sparrows Point.  The Baltimore Sun reports: Under the proposal — and pending approval by the Baltimore County Council and county executive-elect Johnny Olszewski Jr. — Tradepoint would bear the up-front cost of building the infrastructure, then seek reimbursement from the county. The reimbursement for…

Comments Off on What’s Next for Sparrows Point Redevelopment? Baltimore County Releases Plan to Help Tradepoint Atlantic
Amazon to Split Second HQ Between New York, Northern Virginia

Amazon today announced that it has selected New York City and Arlington, Virginia, as the locations for its new headquarters. Amazon says it will invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 jobs across the two new headquarters locations, with more than 25,000 employees each in New York City and Arlington. The new locations will join Seattle as the company’s three headquarters in North America. Amazon set off a nationwide bidding contest last fall when…

Comments Off on Amazon to Split Second HQ Between New York, Northern Virginia
Secretary Schulz Visits Charles to Discuss Economic Development

The Charles County Economic Development Department held its annual fall meeting this week to explore ways to grow and maintain a successful workforce in Charles County. Influential community leaders from the public and private sectors participated in panel discussions to share their experiences with educating, training, and sustaining the workforce. Kelly Schulz, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, served as the keynote speaker. According to a press release: “This year’s meeting was…

Comments Off on Secretary Schulz Visits Charles to Discuss Economic Development
Meet the State’s Three Newest RISE Zones

The Maryland Department of Commerce has approved areas of Morgan State University, Montgomery College's Germantown campus, and Salisbury University as Regional Institution Strategic Enterprise Zone (RISE Zones).  Commerce reports on the scale of each zone and the benefits to their surrounding communities: Morgan State University (10 acres): The RISE Zone benefits will enable the university and its private partners to make improvements to the Northwood Shopping Center and transform it into Northwood Commons, which is slated to…

Comments Off on Meet the State’s Three Newest RISE Zones
Report Analyzes Challenges and Offers Solutions for Eastern Shore Counties

The Maryland Center on Economic Policy has released a new report, "Sustaining Strong Communities on Maryland’s Eastern Shore," which keys in on the economic challenges faced by the Eastern Shore Counties and proposes ways leaders can overcome those barriers. The Salisbury Daily Times reports: Maryland is the wealthiest state in the U.S., “but that doesn’t mean everyone’s doing well,” Orr said. The Eastern Shore study shows an older population, with less education, fewer employment opportunities, limited…

Comments Off on Report Analyzes Challenges and Offers Solutions for Eastern Shore Counties
4 Fast Facts: Governor’s Grant Training Conference

What is the Governor's Grant Training Conference? Are you curious about upcoming grants and ways to secure them? Then you should consider attending the 14th Annual Governor's Grant Training Conference. The Governor's Grant Training Conference takes place on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Hyattsville, Maryland from 9 am - 4 pm. Attendance is recommended to any grant, finance, and administrative staff within local government, academia, and nonprofit organizations. What is on the agenda? Secretary of…

Comments Off on 4 Fast Facts: Governor’s Grant Training Conference
Close Menu