Governor Hogan to Give Closing Address at 2021 Summer #MACoCon

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan will provide the closing remarks to the 2021 Summer MACo Conference on August 21, 2021. The capstone event of MACo's conference, the Closing Address, is traditionally delivered by the Governor of Maryland. Issues facing local government will be discussed along with the State's response to some of Maryland's pressing challenges and important opportunities. Governor Hogan will reflect on the past year and give thoughts on the upcoming legislative session. MACo President…

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Counties Submit Comments on Treasury’s Interim Final Rule for Fiscal Recovery Fund

The National Association of Counties (NACo) last week submitted comments on the US Department of the Treasury’s Interim Final Rule (IFR) for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund established under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Since the enactment of the ARPA, counties have been working hard to develop implementation plans that will help spur an equitable economic recovery across the nation. Local governments are using these critical recovery funds to invest in…

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MACo is Hiring! Annapolis Government Relations Professional

MACo's Policy Team is seeking a professional who can help represent and serve counties and their many front-line services across Maryland. Sound like a fit? Apply today! MACo is seeking a government relations professional to join our policy team, take a lead role on a series of policy areas, and coordinate advocacy and other projects with county leaders. Applications are due by July 30 (instructions listed below). The Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) is the…

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Extended Jobless Benefits to Continue in MD: Court Ruling, Administration Won’t Appeal

A Maryland Judge granted an injunction stopping the Governor's proposal to end additional federal benefits for Marylanders, and recognizing the timing of further court challenges, the Administration signaled it will not pursue further legal appeals. The decisions seemingly cap off a contentious decision to curb federal extended benefits for Marylanders, that the Governor has viewed as stifling regrowth of the job market. Maryland joins Indiana among states where courts have rejected the Governor's decision in…

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Nominations Open for Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board

Applications for the newly formed Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board, built to oversee facets of the state's recently-adopted ambitious education plan. The first virtual meeting of the Nominating Committee, charged with selecting the eventual Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board, was held on July 8. Video of the meeting is available online. The Nominating Committee has opened nominations for the Board, and decided it will target September to make its eventual appointments. Interested parties may submit…

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Larry Johnson, Georgia Commissioner, Takes the Lead as NACo President
NACo’s new executive team, elected July 12 at the 2021 Annual Business Meeting in Prince George’s County, Md. are (l-r): Immediate Past President Gary Moore, Boone County, Ky. judge/executive; President Larry Johnson, commissioner, DeKalb County, Ga.; First Vice President Denise Winfrey, board member, Will County, Ill. and Second Vice President Mary Jo McGuire, commissioner, Ramsey County, Minn. Photo by Denny Henry
Larry Johnson, Georgia Commissioner, Takes the Lead as NACo President

Larry Johnson, Georgia commissioner, takes the lead as NACo president. DeKalb County, Ga. Commissioner Larry Johnson was sworn in as NACo’s new president Monday afternoon at NACo’s 2021 Annual Business Meeting in Prince George’s County, Md. Johnson began his journey to the top spot when he was elected second vice president of NACo in 2019 at the Annual Conference in Clark County, Nev. “When I was growing up, I couldn’t imagine being here today,” Johnson…

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Building a Vertical Vision in Times of Crisis: Leveraging Federal and State Emergency Resources

MACo’s Summer Conference is coming up August 18-21, 2021, and is completely IN-PERSON at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Join us for insightful and beneficial sessions focusing on local government challenges and priorities. Emergency management is a year-round process, a constant loop of preparation, training, testing, and revision that strengthens community preparedness and resilience. A strong partnership among state and local agencies is vital to emergency preparedness and response. Building a Vertical…

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“Women of Color In Leadership” – a Featured Speaker at #MACoCon

Senator Jill P. Carter will join a dual-sponsored luncheon at MACo's Summer Conference - reflecting on recent legislation, and the role for "Women of Color in Leadership" Two of Maryland's Chapter Organizations, the Diversity Caucus and the Women of MACo, will jointly hold a luncheon meeting on Thursday, August 19, 2021; 11:30 am – 12:30 pm at the MACo Summer Conference. The luncheon, as always, will be open to all conference attendees - not just…

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MACo Celebrates Leaders in Public Service with 2020 Praisner Award – Winner Announced

MACo’s Marilyn J. Praisner Public Service Award was established to honor the legacy of former Montgomery County Council Member, Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Past President, and beloved public servant Marilyn J. Praisner. The award recognizes those current or former elected county officials who have demonstrated outstanding service to a county, his or her constituents, and MACo. The award is a collaboration of the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance and MACo, with support from the Local…

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