Maryland Receives $23M for Clean Energy Jobs Development

The Maryland Department of Labor has been awarded nearly $23 million to aid in growing offshore wind-related jobs.  Earlier this week federal and state officials gathered at Tradepoint Atlantic to announce the awarding of a $22.9 million American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge grant for the Maryland Department of Labor (Labor) to implement a new apprenticeship model to support the region’s growing offshore wind industry. Maryland’s project is one of 32 chosen nationwide out of more…

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Work Underway on 50 State EV Charging Network

The Department of Transportation recently announced all 50 states, as well as DC and Puerto Rico have submitted plans for EV charging network.  Earlier this week the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Energy announced all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have submitted EV infrastructure deployment plans as required under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program established and funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. These plans are required to unlock…

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State Opens $400k in Solar Technical Assistance Grants for Counties

The Maryland Energy Administration and the Maryland Environmental Service have opened up applications for Solar Technical Assistance Grants.  The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) recently announced the opening of the Solar Technical Assistance Program. This program provides technical assistance to state and local government agencies to evaluate the potential for, and to site, solar arrays on or around government buildings. Funded through the Strategic Energy Investment Fund, the program also offers access to technical resources and vetted…

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Feds Open $7.3B from New PROTECT Formula Program

Officials from the US Dept. of Transportation recently announced $7.3 billion in new funding from the new PROTECT Formula Program.  In an ongoing effort to combat the effects of climate change and address the growing costs of extreme weather events negatively impacting communities, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced new guidance and $7.3 billion in formula funding to help states and communities better prepare for and respond to extreme weather…

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Submit Your Questions for the #MACoCon Statewide Candidate Forum

Don’t miss your opportunity to submit questions for the Statewide Candidate Forum at the MACo Summer Conference. MACo is inviting the Democratic and Republican nominees for governor, comptroller, and attorney general to participate in a candidate forum to close out the 2022 Summer Conference. Conference participants will have a unique opportunity to hear directly from the candidates on issues that matter most to county governments. Moderators: Mileah Kromer, Director, Sarah T. Hughes Center for Politics,…

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Maryland Energy Administration Opens $1.4M Under the OPEN Energy Program

Maryland Energy Administration announces $1.4 Million in awards for Innovative and Novel Efforts under the OPEN Energy Program. The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) recently announced that four awardees have been selected for its Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) OPEN Energy Program. The four awards total $1.4 million in funding to help advance the State’s energy goals in innovative ways. MEA launched the OPEN Energy Program to provide an opportunity to receive and award proposals for energy…

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Maryland Has its First LGBTQ Affairs Commission Administrative Director

On July 26, the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives today announced the appointment of the first Administrative Director to the Maryland Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, Jeremy Browning. During the 2022 legislative session, the General Assembly passed a law to create the statewide Commission on LGBTQ Affairs. The 15 member Commission will "study and develop best practices and make policy recommendations to enhance the inclusion of LGBTQ individuals and communities statewide." It will operate under Governor’s Office…

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Maryland Food Bank: 33 Percent of Families Are Food Insecure

The Maryland Food Bank recently released a study outlining food insecurity in the state. A record 33 percent of families report hunger and/or food insecurity.  Maryland represents one of the most well-resourced states in the Union, yet a recent study from the Maryland Food Bank cites evidence that about a third of Marylanders are reporting food insecurity or hunger. Previous estimates place statewide food insecurity at about eight percent, but the new data indicates that…

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Gas Tax Holiday Less Effective Than Previously Thought

A report from the University of Pennsylvania shows that savings from gas tax holidays are only partially passed on to consumers.  The University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) recently released a report examining three states which implemented a gas tax holiday in response to escalating gas prices. Connecticut, Georgia, and Maryland each implemented temporary gas tax holidays ranging from a month in Maryland, ten weeks in Georgia, and three months in Connecticut. The report finds that in…

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Large Counties’ Next ARPA Reporting is July 31: Here’s the Bottom Line

Larger counties need to report to the federal government by July 31 on their latest efforts with funds made available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) - NACo has assembled guidance for counties to stay in compliance. The following materials were assembled by the National Association of Counties (NACo), who have been tirelessly working to guide and assist counties with all facets of federal fund deployment. = = = = = Here is guidance…

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