Smart Growth Subcabinet Answers County Questions at #MACoCon

Counties received updates on a wide array of key policy issues at the MACo 2019 December Winter Conference during the "A Chat with the Smart Growth Subcabinet" panel on December 4. The Smart Growth Subcabinet oversees and advises on Maryland’s growth policies and laws. During the panel, its members provided updates on land use, environmental, housing, economic development, and transportation issues chosen by county elected officials and staff.   Issues covered by the Subcabinet included:…

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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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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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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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Join Secretary Rona Kramer at Women of MACo Reception
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Join Secretary Rona Kramer at Women of MACo Reception

Maryland Department of Aging Secretary Rona Kramer will be the special guest speaker for #MACoCon's Women of MACo Reception on December 4. The Women of MACo chapter organization provides a forum for female elected and appointed officials and professionals to network and discuss topics related to being a female leader. All conference participants are invited to attend this reception and hear from Secretary Kramer. Secretary Kramer will be also discussing the Maryland Community for Life…

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MACo Urges Funding for Local Housing Grant Program for Homeless Veterans and Survivors of Domestic Violence

MACo has submitted a letter to Governor Hogan in support of funding the Local Housing Grant Program for Homeless Veterans and Survivors of Domestic Violence in his FY 2021 budget. The program establishes a housing voucher grant program to help counties target and address homelessness for particularly vulnerable and hard to reach members of their communities. It was created by HB 672/SB 810 which passed in the 2019 session with MACo support and was signed…

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Researchers: 2020 Census Guides $1.5 Trillion in Spending

In 2017, 316 federal spending programs relied on 2010 Census-derived data to distribute $1.504 trillion to state and local governments, nonprofits, businesses, and households across the nation -- more than previously thought, according to researchers at the George Washington Institute of Public Policy. The spending, which accounted for 7.8 percent of Gross Domestic Product in FY2017, varied substantially in terms of size, geographic focus, and extent of reliance on and uses of census data. The…

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Maryland Smart Energy Communities Program is Open for FY20
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Maryland Smart Energy Communities Program is Open for FY20

The Maryland Energy Administration is accepting new applicants for the Maryland Smart Energy Communities (MSEC) Program for Fiscal Year 2020. The program budget for FY20 is $860,000 - $475,000 is allotted for Energy-Efficient projects, up to $300,000 for Tier 1 Renewable Energy projects, and up to $85,000 for Transportation projects - and will be divided between new communities and existing MSEC communities. The Deadline for both new and existing communities is December 20, 2019. For…

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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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Prince George’s Accepting Applications for FY20 Local Impact Grants

The Prince George’s County Local Development Council (PGCLDC) today announced the opening of the FY 2020 Local Impact Grant application period. The Local Impact Grant Program supports non-profits that serve Prince George’s County in the defined impact area around MGM National Harbor. The PGCLDC was created by state law as a mechanism for ensuring the public is engaged and has input into how the government mitigates any negative impacts a new gaming facility may have on…

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