Summer #MACoCon Details Are Here – View the Registration Brochure!

MACo's Summer Conference is scheduled for August 17-20, 2022, and will be FULLY IN PERSON at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Registration is open, and the full schedule and session details are now available! Register today for MACo’s Summer Conference, themed “Taking Care of Business.” Our society continues to grapple with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. While public health and safety remain the top priority, county government leaders are also exploring…

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Feds Focus on Future at Electric Vehicle Symposium

On June 9th and 10th, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Department of Energy, and the White House are jointly holding a two-day symposium entitled "Charging Forward," showcasing current electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging technology. Charging Forward, held at DOT's Washington D.C. headquarters, will also feature a discussion on equitably and effectively building a national network of EV chargers. Likewise, on Friday, June 10th, several stakeholder discussion sessions will be held on the following topics:…

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Food Security, Economic Mobility NACo Webinar

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for the “Food Security as a Driver of Economic Mobility: Strategies for Local Government,” webinar on June 16, 2–3 PM EST. In partnership with the National League of Cities, this webinar will feature an expert overview of the state of food insecurity in the United States as well as example solutions from both cities and counties. While a wide range of factors contributes to an individual’s economic mobility…

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June 8 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 June 8, 2022: Allegany County A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $162,900 from the Program Open Space funding allocated…

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Board of Public Works: June 8 Meeting Agenda

The Board of Public Works — 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. It 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. The Board’s next meeting is Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at…

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Cecil Gets $13 Million Grant to Expand Broadband Access

The Maryland Office of Statewide Broadband awarded Cecil County $12.8 million in grant funding to provide high-speed internet access across the County. The $12.8 million grant will allow broadband coverage to reach over 1,300 homes and businesses -- and push the County’s coverage for broadband access above 99 percent. “Access to technology cannot be viewed as a luxury item in a modern society,” said County Executive Danielle Hornberger. “These grant awards are the first step…

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Charles Co. Hosting Free Banking Webinar for Local Businesses

As part of its small business development programming, Charles County will host a free webinar on banking. Join Charles County on June 29 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. for a free virtual webinar on how local businesses can best work with banking services to grow and strengthen. The June 29 event is part of the county's Scale Up: Business Training Workshops, which helps local businesses "make the transition from an early stage to a growth stage company."…

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Feds Launch “Our Way Home” to Bolster Local Affordable Housing
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Feds Launch “Our Way Home” to Bolster Local Affordable Housing

On Wednesday, June 1st, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched the Our Way Home initiative, a new effort to boost the nation’s affordable housing supply that considers equity, inclusivity, and sustainability. Our Way Home focuses on the unique housing supply successes in local communities. It will connect cities, counties, Tribal communities, states, and U.S. Territories to the tools and resources needed to help preserve and produce affordable housing in their area. The…

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Anne Arundel and Queen Anne’s Spearhead Effort for New Bay Bridge

Citing increasing congestion, Anne Arundel and Queen Anne's renewed calls for a modern bridge linking the eastern and western ends of the Chesapeake Bay.  First opened in 1952, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge has been central to economic development on both sides of the bay. That development has seen an explosion in the number of residents, commuters, and tourists within the region. This burst of activity has coincided with ever-increasing commuter flows, so much so that…

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Tourism Grants Available in Charles County

Charles County is accepting applications for tourism grants for nonprofit projects that enhance county tourism. The Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism 2023 grant application is now available. Nonprofit organizations can apply for funding up to $9,000 for eligible projects. Applications are due by Friday, June 24, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. https://twitter.com/ExploreCharlesC/status/1529113000073842688 Acceptable project will: Enhance county tourism objectives through events, exhibits, education programs, or recreational opportunities; Foster or strengthen partnerships with other county…

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