Prince George’s County Holds Resource Fair for Returning Residents

On Wednesday, October 13th, the Prince George's County Bridge Center at Adam’s House hosted a resource fair for County residents, focusing on formerly incarcerated citizens, returning military veterans, and transitional-aged youth. More than 50 public, private, nonprofit, and community-based organizations provided critical connections to support services and resources at the fair. Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks discussed the importance of the event in a press release: “We are so Prince George’s Proud of the Bridge Center…

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Hogan Addresses Nursing Shortage

Today, Governor Larry Hogan announced several measures to increase nursing personnel throughout the state. In recent days, numerous outlets, including WBAL and WJZ, have reported urgent nursing shortages across Maryland.   WBAL noted, "According to the Maryland Nurses Association, before COVID-19, 17% of nurses surveyed considered leaving the profession. Today, that number is 33%." WJZ cites several factors in addition to COVID-19 resulting in the shortage, including burnout, retirement, and nursing program graduation deficits; adding, "Maryland will…

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State Opens Its Grant Application Process for Americorps

Today, the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV) announced its application process for Americorps' 2022-2023 service year. Americorps members provide a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to help meet local community needs including serving "as teachers, environmentalists, mediators, or community leaders through local organizations." Qualifying organizations include nonprofits, faith-based organizations, state or local government agencies, and institutions of higher education. Upon completion of a service year, members will receive "assistance with post-secondary education or student…

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WEBINAR: Return to Work Amidst COVID-19

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for a webinar next Wednesday, September 29, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST on returning to work amidst the pandemic. Presented by NACo's Workforce Network, this webinar will discuss the challenges of having employees return to work and the responsibilities of county human resources professionals and administrators in the current environment. Discussion will include: Should employers mandating employee vaccinations pay for vaccines?If employers are requiring or encouraging employees…

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County Leaders Discuss the Importance of Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion as Employers and Service Providers

Diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) are increasingly important concepts. County policymakers dove into the concept and how to better incorporate DEI into county practices as employers and service providers. At the 2021 MACo Summer Conference session, "The Why Behind DEI: The Power of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace," attendees discussed the importance of policy informed by diverse voices and experiences and shared best practices for incorporating them into county decision making. The session was…

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The Future of Maryland’s Workforce: Apprenticeship Programs for Public Workers

The MACo Summer Conference featured a session discussing challenges facing Maryland’s public trades workforce and how Counties can turn those challenges into rewarding opportunities. This session was moderated by Jack Wilson, Commissioner for Queen Anne’s County.   It is no secret that the labor force in the United States is shifting. More individuals are attaining higher education, and each generation is becoming more educated then the last. This shift in the labor force is posing…

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Howard Names Anju Bennett to Lead Office of Human Resources
Anju Bennett (photo courtesy of Howard County Government)
Howard Names Anju Bennett to Lead Office of Human Resources

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball this week announced the appointment of Anju Bennett as Administrator for the Office of Human Resources, effective September 1, 2021. Bennett currently serves as the Corporate Policy and Management Operations Director for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC.) Bennett has over three decades of experience leading human resources programs, corporate governance, and operations management. Her areas of expertise include organizational policy development, labor relations, contract negotiations, employee relations,…

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are Key to a More Adaptable and Innovative Public Workforce

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are not buzzwords or short-term trends. In an increasingly changing and interconnected world, they are the foundation of a public workforce that is more adaptable, innovative, and productive. The Why Behind DEI: The Power of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Employers of all types benefit from smart strategies to develop a workforce that is both effective for - and reflective of - its community. A public employer, perhaps, should…

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Anne Arundel County Announces New COVID Protocols

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman has announced new COVID protocols for County employees and buildings. Effective Thursday, August 5th, masks must be worn inside all County buildings. Beginning September 13th, unvaccinated employees will be required to provide a negative COVID test each week in order to report to work. In a statement Pittman said: I have spoken to many of our department heads and union leaders about this, and while we understand that there…

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Learn How Public Sector Apprenticeship Programs Can Help Local Governments Address Workforce Shortages at #MACoCon

With a tightening labor market and aging workforces, local governments are facing major employment needs and significant challenges with recruitment and hiring. Government positions traditionally pay well, have excellent benefits, and are stable jobs. Yet state and local governments have struggled to create a pipeline of workers in the same way that private sector trades jobs have. Public Sector Apprenticeships: A New Twist on an Old Model County leaders and their C-suite counterparts have more…

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