#MACoCon Attendees Discuss Best Practices for DEI in Local Governance

Diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) are increasingly important concepts. At the 2021 MACo Winter Conference, county leaders discussed how to better incorporate DEI into local governance work. At the 2021 MACo Winter Conference Opening Roundtable, “Exploring Opportunities for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Local Governance,” attendees were in conversation with an expert panel about the challenges and opportunities for today’s local governments to “walk the talk” when it comes to DEI.  Attendees discussed the importance of policy informed by…

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Join the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance Graduate Workshop

Academy for Excellence in Local Governance Graduate Workshop - Cybersecurity Grad Class flyer **for Academy Graduates only** Series: Managing the Problem of Cybersecurity Date: Friday, Jan 14, 2022 Time: 10:00 am - 2:30 pm (lunch provided) Location: LGIT 7225 Parkway Drive Hanover, MD 21076 Cost: $100 (includes lunch and materials) The Academy for Excellence in Local Governance Graduate Program is designed to provide continuing education to public leaders in Maryland to enhance their knowledge, skills,…

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MACo 2021 County Innovation Award Winners Champion Small Businesses and Workforce Development Recovery

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 2021 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…

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Be Inspired! Join Carolyn Mozell at the Women of MACo & Diversity Caucus Reception

On Wednesday evening of MACo's Winter Conference, attend the Women of MACo & Diversity Caucus Reception to be inspired and encouraged by Guest Speaker Carolyn Mozell. A compassionate leader, communicator and connector passionate about putting more kindness into the world through leadership, Carolyn Mozell has served in some of the highest levels of local government leadership for over 25 years. According to her website bio, ​Carolyn has been an advisor to business owners, City Council…

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Happening Dec. 9 – County Elected Officials Forum at #MACoCon

On Thursday of MACo's Winter Conference, county elected officials are invited to attend a forum breakfast and business meeting. County Elected Officials are invited to attend this breakfast and business meeting to conduct the Association's official business and share best practices with their peers. This is a closed event for county elected officials ONLY, and a ticket is required to attend. Thursday, December 9 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM | COUNTY ELECTED OFFICIALS FORUM, BREAKFAST,…

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Virginia White Advances as MACo’s New Deputy Director

Virginia White, a visible and familiar leader among MACo’s professional staff since 2010, will now serve as the Association's Deputy Director. In her leadership role, Virginia will oversee the full range of day-to-day functions involving the staff, facilities, and vendor relationships for the association. She will continue to serve as the functional lead of the Member Services team, that delivers counties' education and service opportunities through a wide range of offerings. She will remain the…

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Build a Strong Foundation at #MACoCon with Employment and Open Meetings Act Courses

MACo’s Winter Conference on December 8-10, 2021, will feature nearly 35 educational sessions focusing on preparing for Maryland’s future. 2 Core classes from the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance will highlight foundational concepts that all elected officials need to know about employment and the Open Meetings Act. MACo’s Winter Conference will feature 2 Academy Core Courses: Employment Issues and the Open Meetings Act. The Academy for Excellence in Local Governance is a volunteer certificate program for…

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Winter #MACoCon Academy Electives Tackle Agritourism, Parks and Rec Technology, Cannabis Policy, and More!

Fellows of the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance (County Track) are required to complete 8 Core Courses and 6 Elective Courses to earn their certificate through the University of MD’s School of Public Policy – MACo will offer 5 Electives to be held at the 2021 Winter Conference. The Academy for Excellence in Local Governance is a volunteer certificate program for elected and appointed county and municipal officials. The program provides a strong background of necessary skills and knowledge…

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MACo’s Virginia White and Kevin Kinnally Complete National High Performance Leadership Academy

MACo’s Member Services and Legislative Directors, Virginia White and Kevin Kinnally, successfully completed the National Association of Counties (NACo) High Performance Leadership Academy, a 12-week online program that equips frontline county government professionals and county association executives with leadership skills to achieve results for county residents. NACo’s High Performance Leadership Academy features a robust curriculum developed by the Professional Development Academy in partnership with Fortune 1000 executives, public sector leaders and world-renowned thought leaders, including…

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