Experts Discuss Maryland’s Cannabis Conundrum at #MACoCon

The State's fiscal picture, and a pending commitment to substantial new education investments, has driven talk of authorizing new activities that carry substantial new revenue potential. Public health, social equity, local reinvestment, tax and license structures, and economic development remain at the forefront of the discussion as state lawmakers consider how to best foster the growth of a responsible and legitimate cannabis industry. And although leaders of the Maryland General Assembly’s Marijuana Legalization Workgroup recently…

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Short-Term Rental Revolution: What’s Your Game Plan?

Lodging is evolving through technology, as many tourists and visitors now seek to stay in shared spaces and other short-term lodging alternatives. While short-term vacation rentals can help diversify tourism by promoting areas that need visitors the most and reducing overcrowding in tourist hotspots, significant challenges remain regarding the regulation and fair and equitable taxation of short-term rental properties. At the MACo Winter Conference session, “Short-Term Rental Revolution: What’s Your Game Plan?” an expert panel…

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Prince George’s County Council Passes 5G Small Cell Bill

Prince George's County Council has adopted local regulations for small cells. It was one of the final actions the Council made before concluding its 2019 legislative year. It brings the county into the ranks of counties and cities across Maryland that have taken the action to regulate small cells locally. From a county council news release: Tuesday’s Council adoption of CB-058-2019 and CB-059-2019, submitted by the County Executive and concerning small wireless facilities in the County, now moves…

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Maryland Adds 10,700 Jobs, Unemployment Rate Ticks Down

Maryland added 10,700 jobs in October --  the second-most of any state, according to preliminary survey data released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Maryland’s unemployment rate fell to 3.6% -- the lowest unemployment rate in over 11 years, according to the data. According to a press release: “Just over five years ago, our administration pledged to put more people back to work, grow the private sector, and turn…

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Montgomery Unveils New Economic Development Plans and New Housing Goals

The Montgomery County Council has announced a new vision for economic development and new targets for housing. The proposals are intended to help bring businesses and opportunities to the county while addressing the infrastructure and housing needs for the county's growing population. An article from The Washington Business Journal on the new economic development plan: The County Council rolled out a comprehensive plan to lure businesses back to the Maryland suburb Tuesday, outlining several broad focus…

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Sun Surveys the 5G Small Cell Battleground in Maryland

As the advancement of 5G wireless looms on the horizon the consternation over the deployment of the small cell facilities necessary for the new technology continues. The Baltimore Sun reports on the crux of the issues between the wireless industry and local governments. Some reporting from the perspective of the wireless industry: Wireless companies say that in the short term, small cell facilities will relieve congestion on the current 4G networks. And they eventually will be…

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Learn to Use a Racial Equity Lens in Policy-Making at This FREE MACo Symposium

Join MACo, Associated Black Charities, the MD Center on Economic Policy, and Maryland Hunger Solutions for an eye-opening symposium on policy making through a racial equity lens. Learn how to make more equitable policies for the good of all Marylanders. FALL SYMPOSIUM Policy Applications of a Racial Equity Lens: Creating More Equitable Policies for an Economically Vibrant Maryland VIEW THE AGENDA DATE/TIME/LOCATION: November 15, 2019 9:30 am - 2:00 pm Newton White Mansion, Mitchellville, MD…

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Business Is Booming in Frederick

Sixty-three percent of Frederick County businesses surveyed during this year's Business Appreciation Week said they have plans to expand, County Executive Jan Gardner announced last week. “Our businesses are booming because of Frederick County’s outstanding quality of life and our excellent workforce,” Executive Gardner said. “We have a strong and growing economy with a record 104,000 jobs. Frederick County is a great place to do business!” According to a press release: Eight-one percent of business…

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Short-Term Rental Revolution: What’s Your Game Plan?

Lodging is evolving through technology, as many tourists and visitors now seek to stay in shared spaces and other short-term lodging alternatives. While short-term rentals can help diversify tourism by promoting areas that need visitors the most and reducing overcrowding in tourist hotspots, significant challenges remain regarding the regulation and fair and equitable taxation of short-term rental properties. At the MACo Winter Conference session, "Short-Term Rental Revolution: What's Your Game Plan?" an expert panel will detail the latest trends on the…

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