MACo Supports Proper Oversight of 9-1-1 Trust Fund

MACo Associate Director Kevin Kinnally testified in support of  SB 61 Public Safety – 9-1-1 Fees - Audit before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on January 15, 2020. In 2019, the General Assembly passed landmark legislation to update state laws and the 9-1-1 financing system to provide the flexibility and resources needed for the deployment of a statewide Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) system. Advancing Next Generation 9-1-1 Services Across Maryland was one of MACo's top priorities…

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Washington County Approves Firefighter Staffing Plan

The Washington Board of County Commissioners today voted to authorize the final planning and implementation for the Division of Emergency Services' regional staffing plan. This plan will deploy firefighters in four strategic locations across Washington County. "Today, more than ever, supporting our emergency responders is a top priority. Perhaps, on the worst day of your life, our emergency responders are there to answer your calls. Providing the mechanisms and necessary funding is paramount to provide…

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Counties Get Creative to Avoid Flooding at #MACoCon
Patty Bubar presents at the 2019 MACo Winter Conference
Counties Get Creative to Avoid Flooding at #MACoCon

Flooding has become a real concern for local jurisdictions in Maryland, particularly those with coastlines. What proactive steps can counties take prior to flooding to reduce its impacts, and what role do other levels of government play in prevention? An expert panel at the 2019 MACo Winter Conference session "2 for 1: Flood Prevention (And Cleaner Water, Too!)" gave insight into flood mitigation tactics and how to take advantage of state and federal funds. "For…

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Rural County Coalition Shares Lunch, Policy Updates at #MACoCon

The Rural County Coalition held their regular lunch event at the MACo 2019 December Winter Conference on December 5. The Coalition heard updates on a variety of policy issues, including solar siting, the Forest Conservation Act, volunteer firefighters, and Kirwan Commission education funding recommendations. The Rural County Coalition is a MACo Chapter Organization that provides a voice for sixteen of Maryland's rural counties, allowing them to offer their unique perspective on important state and federal…

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Taking the Pulse of Maryland’s Emergency Medical Services at #MACoCon

When the ambulance shows up, the experts take over. But what happens behind the scenes to maintain Maryland’s top-notch emergency medical services? At the MACo Winter Conference session, "Vitals? Check: Taking the Pulse of Maryland's Emergency Medical Services," an expert panel provided an overview of the challenges and best practices for ensuring the highest level of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Maryland. The session was hosted by MACo's Emergency Managers Affiliate. https://twitter.com/KKinnally_MACo/status/1202303495044501505 The panel speakers…

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Improving Census Participation Means More $$$ at #MACoCon

Attendees to the MACo 2019 December Winter Conference learned about the importance of participating in the 2020 Census and how to achieve higher participation rates among undercounted communities during the "2020 Census: The Foundation of Our Future" panel. The paenl was held on December 4. Maryland Secretary of Planning Robert McCord explained the importance of the census to state and local funding and how census data is used. McCord highlighted how the Maryland Department of…

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Preview the 2020 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 2020 – a great preparation document for county officials in advance of meetings with their local Delegations. Developed by the Department of Legislative Services (DLS), the 2020 Issue Papers are an annual staple for the Annapolis policy-inclined population. They are also…

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2 for 1: Flood Prevention (And Cleaner Water, Too!)

MACo’s Winter Conference is just 2 weeks away – Dec 4-6. Don’t miss this chance to connect with hundreds of county leaders to discuss “Building for the Future.” Flooding can be a real concern for many local governments. MACo's Emergency Managers Directors will host a session at the upcoming Winter Conference to discuss flood prevention strategies, clean water goals, and how to utilize disaster mitigation funding. Title: 2 for 1: Flood Prevention (And Cleaner Water,…

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Howard County Gives Update on Flood Mitigation Plan

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball provided an update on the County's flood mitigation plan Monday. According to an article from WTOP: When Ball took office, the county’s plan, which he inherited, called for 10 historic buildings to be razed in the wake of devastating floods in 2016 and 2018. Ball’s plan reduced the number of buildings that had to be demolished to four. ”To date, we have now acquired nine of those buildings, and under…

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Want to Know More About The Opioid Crisis? Submit Your Questions Now

MACo is now accepting questions for the 2019 Winter Conference Opioid Roundtable.  At the 2019 MACo Winter Conference roundtable, “Foundation of the Future: The County Role in Combatting the Opioid Crisis”, Steve Schuh, Executive Director of the Opioid Operational Command Center, will be ready to answer them. But you don't have to wait! Submit questions in advance to make sure they get answered at the conference session. Don't miss this opportunity! Please send your questions…

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