American Rescue Plan Put to Action at #MACoCon

As we begin the long-term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, local governments are looking to make smart investments with the American Rescue Plan funding they receive. Join us at the 2021 Summer MACo conference for a deep dive on ARPA funding, sponsored by NORESCO. American Rescue Plan Put to Action The American Rescue Plan Act includes unprecedented direct and flexible aid for states and local governments to mitigate the fiscal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.…

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State COVID Emergency: Still on Target for Mid-August Full Phase-Out

Despite some potentially confusing wording and actions, the full phase-out of the State's declared COVID emergency remains on track for August 15. In June, the Governor announced his intention to end the COVID emergency declaration, and cited a 45-day period for an orderly resumption of timetables and provisions related to the emergency itself. See coverage on Conduit Street: While Marylanders are still encouraged to get vaccinated and to maintain sensible behavior, the State of Maryland…

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Montgomery Office of Procurement Earns NACo Achievement Award

The Montgomery County Office of Procurement won a National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award in the category of Information Technology for the DPO Violation E-Notification and Response System. The Office of Procurement has received seven NACo awards in the last 10 years. The Direct Purchase Order (DPO) Violation E-Notification and Response System, launched in November 2020, is a user-friendly, web-based tool that identifies and notifies department directors and County employees that have created direct…

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New Tools in the Toolbox for Financing Resilience

Flexible, efficient ways to fund resilience infrastructure projects can help counties diversify resources while achieving the important goals associated with these projects. MACo's Summer Conference, coming up August 18-21, will address this issue in a session on resilience funding tools. Financing Resilience: New Tools in the Toolbox Description: Financing climate resilience efforts can be daunting, but thankfully there are several new tools for counties looking to mitigate the impacts of increased precipitation, sea-level rise, flooding,…

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Treasury Releases ARPA Reporting Requirements

Join the US Department of the Treasury for a briefing on new ARPA reporting requirements. The US Department of the Treasury today released Compliance and Reporting Guidance (Reporting Guidance) for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (Recovery Fund), authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act. The guidance provides additional detail and clarification for counties’ compliance and reporting responsibilities under the Recovery Fund. Treasury will host the following briefings for counties regarding the new…

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Workgroup on Pandemic Spending to Hear From Commerce, DHCD

Representatives from Commerce, DHCD will provide details on COVID relief aid. The Comptroller’s Workgroup on Pandemic Spending will hold its second meeting on Wednesday, June 23, at 1:30 pm to continue its review of state and federal COVID-related spending. Sarah Sheppard, director of Education and Workforce for the Maryland Department of Commerce, and Robyne Chaconas, chief of staff for the Department of Housing and Community Development, will give overviews of pandemic relief programs, funded by…

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Frederick Appoints Two New Agency Heads

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner yesterday announced the promotion and appointment of two employees to lead their respective divisions. Erin White will serve as Director of the Division of Finance, and David Maginnis will serve as Chief Information Officer of the Division of Interagency Information Technologies. The Frederick County Council yesterday unanimously confirmed both appointments. “Erin White and Dave Maginnis bring a wealth of experience and are well-respected leaders in their fields,” County Executive Gardner…

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Washington County to Expand Enterprise Zone

The Washington County Department of Business Development today announced that the Maryland Department of Commerce approved the County’s application to expand the Hagerstown/Washington County, MD Enterprise Zone. The Enterprise Zone program helps incentivize businesses to locate or expand into several low-income or underserved urban and rural communities across Maryland. This in turn creates jobs, contributes to enhancing quality of life, and expands the local tax base – enabling counties to better provide core services for…

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Montgomery Bond Sale Saves Taxpayers Nearly $8 Million

Montgomery County last week announced the successful sale of $46,100,000 of revenue bonds to refund two series of outstanding Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) bonds. This sale saved the County approximately 16 percent over the original cost of the bonds, which equals nearly $8 million in savings. "This is great news for the people of Montgomery County, and I want to thank Mike Coveyou and the Department of Finance for their guidance and expertise,” said County…

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June 2 Board of Public Works Meeting: What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) considered and approved the following requests and recommendations in its June 2, 2021 meeting. This is not a comprehensive list of all considerations and approvals during the meeting. Allegany A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $500,000 grant to the Mayor and City Council of the City of Cumberland for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Baltimore…

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