Congratulations! MD County Staff Graduate from NACo Leadership Academy

Maryland County staff members participated in the NACo Leadership Academy, a 12-week online program that empowers front-line county government employees with fundamental leadership skills. The NACo High Performance Leadership Academy is an innovative, completely online 12-week program created to equip frontline county government professionals with practical leadership skills to deliver results for counties and communities. With a robust curriculum developed by the Professional Development Academy in partnership with Fortune 1000 executives, public sector leaders, world-renowned academics and thought leaders,…

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Q&A with Dorchester County Council Member George (Lenny) Pfeffer

Conduit Street had the pleasure of interviewing Dorchester County Council Member George (Lenny) Pfeffer. Learn more about Lenny in the Q&A below. Conduit: Tell our readers a little bit about your background. Lenny: I really appreciate you taking the time to talk with me about who I am and where I came from. My parents lived in Baltimore City when I was born, but soon moved to Glen Burnie in Anne Arundel County. I did…

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MACo 2022 County Innovation Award Winners Champion Agriculture and Public Safety

MACo’s County Innovation Award was established to recognize superb and leading-edge county programs that improve overall quality-of-life and service delivery for a county’s residents. The Honorable Ingrid Turner, Prince George’s County Circuit Court Associate Judge, MACo Past President, and former Prince George’s County Council Member instituted this award during her term as MACo President in 2012. The award is now a collaboration of the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance and MACo, with support from the Local Government…

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Winner Announced! MACo Celebrates Leaders in Public Service with 2022 Praisner Award

MACo’s Marilyn J. Praisner Public Service Award was established to honor the legacy of former Montgomery County Council Member, Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Past President, and beloved public servant Marilyn J. Praisner. The award recognizes those current or former elected county officials who have demonstrated outstanding service to a county, his or her constituents, and MACo. The award is a collaboration of the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance and MACo, with support from the Local Government…

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Public Service Offers Path to Solve Student Debt and Worker Shortages

An expanded student loan forgiveness program can open the door to solving the student debt crisis and a shortage of public sector workers.   America faces two significant problems: a substantial balance of student debt, and a drastic shortage of workers in many public sector jobs. While these two issues appear unrelated, they may, in fact, lead to each other's solution.  The Current State of Affairs   President Biden's recent move to forgive up to $20,000 per borrower…

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Apply Now: MD Equity and Inclusion Leadership Program

Apply now for the Maryland Equity and Inclusion Leadership Program. The Maryland Equity and Inclusion Leadership Program is offered jointly by the Schaefer Center for Public Policy at The University of Baltimore and the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights. The 8-week program combines asynchronous and live instruction, with peer group interaction, and is: • committed to helping participants and their organizations become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive; • comprehensive and academically grounded; and • job relevant and…

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Public Info Act Academy Core and More Offered by LGIT

LGIT's 35th Annual Meeting, Forecasting the Future, will be held on November 3, 2022, in Annapolis, MD. Since 1987, many local government entities in the State of Maryland have covered their primary and excess liability, auto, environmental, property, boiler and machinery through the Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT). LGIT was founded by the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) and the Maryland Municipal League (MML) in answer to difficulties towns, cities and counties then faced in…

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Nominations Now Open for Public Service and County Innovation Awards

MACo’s County Champion Award series celebrates innovative county programs and county leaders who demonstrate extraordinary public service. Nominations are due October 21, 2022. Every year, MACo – in partnership with the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance – seeks to celebrate those county leaders and programs making exceptional contributions to Maryland counties. MACo will announce award winners in November and make award presentations at our Winter Conference Awards…

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Maryland Municipal League Names New Chief Executive Officer

The Maryland Municipal League (MML) Board of Directors has selected Theresa Kuhns as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective October 24, 2022. Kuhns was selected from a national search which yielded a pool of more than 110 applicants. The MML Board-appointed Search Committee and the Board of Directors voted unanimously in favor of Kuhns. Kuhns’s background includes advocating on behalf of Maryland Realtors® and the Southern Maryland Association of Realtors®. She was Vice President…

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NACo Leadership Academy Prices Increase Oct 1

Book seats now for NACo Leadership Academy at current low prices – prices increase Oct 1. The NACo High Performance Leadership Academy is an innovative, completely online 12-week program created to equip frontline county government professionals with practical leadership skills to deliver results for counties and communities. A necessary price increase across all NACo programs will be effective October 1, 2022. This will include the NACo High Performance Leadership Academy and the NACo Cybersecurity Leadership…

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