County-Military Installation Coexistence: Partnerships for Success

The Department of Defense’ Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) program helps counties mitigate the complications that arise from managing relationships with nearby military installations. With roughly 500 counties serving as home to at least one military installation, the ground is fertile for intergovernmental cooperation on compatible land use, conservation, habitat and natural resource management and climate resilience. Maryland houses 11 military bases for every branch of the military but the Marine Corps and Space…

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Baltimore City Mayor Appoints Infrastructure Czar

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon M. Scott recently established the Mayor's Office of Infrastructure Development, placing Matthew W. Garbark in charge.  Last week, Baltimore City Mayor Brandon M. Scott announced the creation of the new Mayor’s Office of Infrastructure Development (MOID). The Mayor named Matthew W. Garbark the first-ever Baltimore City Infrastructure Czar, effective July 18, 2022. According to the press release: "I am truly excited to create this new office to coordinate major capital projects,…

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Port of Baltimore Receives Nearly $16mil. from Feds.

The $15.6 million grant will upgrade the port’s intermodal capabilities and complement the Howard Street Tunnel Project to provide double-stack rail.  The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore will receive $15.6 million from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Consolidated Rail and Infrastructure Safety Improvements (CRISI) program for its Rail Capacity Modernization Project. The Project will reconstruct and update the Seagirt Marine Terminal’s intermodal rail yard infrastructure and support increased demand for double stacked trains of…

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Anne Arundel and Queen Anne’s Spearhead Effort for New Bay Bridge

Citing increasing congestion, Anne Arundel and Queen Anne's renewed calls for a modern bridge linking the eastern and western ends of the Chesapeake Bay.  First opened in 1952, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge has been central to economic development on both sides of the bay. That development has seen an explosion in the number of residents, commuters, and tourists within the region. This burst of activity has coincided with ever-increasing commuter flows, so much so that…

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EPA Hosts Resiliency Drinking Water and Wastewater Workshops

Through the summer, EPA's Mid-Atlantic Region will be hosting Climate Resilience Training Workshops for Drinking Water and Wastewater Utilities.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Creating Resilient Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative is providing a series of five, free webinars for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater (water sector) utility owners and operators, as well as other water sector stakeholders in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. This webinar training series titled “Building Resilience and Adapting to…

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State to Distribute $198 Million in Small Business Relief

Maryland was the first state to submit a State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) deployment plan to the United States Treasury Department, and was one of the first five states to be approved. Maryland will allocate up to $198 million in federal small business relief through the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). That federal initiative was established by Congress in 2010 to provide loans and investments to underserved small businesses. The SSBCI received a $10…

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State to Establish Office of Resilience

Legislation creating an Office of Resilience within the Maryland Department of Emergency Management goes into effect this October.  In response to the effects of climate change, Maryland will establish the Office of Resilience with the Maryland Department of Emergency Management (MDEM). This new office is the result of leadership from Senator Katie Fry Hester (Carroll and Howard Counties), Speaker Pro Sheree Sample-Hughes (Dorchester and Wicomico Counties), and Delegate Courtney Watson (Howard County); all of whom…

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Counties Celebrate EMS Week

Counties across Maryland are marking May 15th through the 21st to celebrate the importance of EMS and EMS personnel. Across Maryland, county leaders are celebrating May 15th through the 21st as (Emergency Medical Service) EMS Week. The celebration is meant to bring together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's frontline. This year’s Emergency Medical Services Week theme, “Rising to the Challenge,” highlights that…

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Suite of Strong Cyber Bills Signed Into Law

Governor Hogan signed multiple bills advancing cybersecurity resources, defenses, and partnerships - sealing a multi-year effort to create a stronger defense and response approach for this ever-increasing threat. Hackers are increasingly targeting states and local governments with sophisticated cyberattacks. Securing government information systems is critical, as a cyber intrusion can be very disruptive, jeopardizing sensitive information, public safety, and the delivery of essential services. These bills will help lead local governments, school systems, and critical…

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