MACo: Contact and Service In Weeks Ahead

MACo will remain actively working to represent, serve, and assist our member counties during the weeks ahead. MACo takes our responsibilities seriously, as an important resource for county officials across Maryland. To that end, we remain committed to serving and informing counties in the weeks ahead, through all the public and private effects of the novel coronavirus. The MACo Annapolis office will largely be closed, effective tonight (Friday March 13). Meetings scheduled for the MACo…

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Summer #MACoCon Sponsorship Brochure is Now Online!

The Sponsorship Brochure for our Summer Conference (August 19-22, 2020) has just been released! Opportunities are available for organizations to increase their visibility and connect with Maryland’s top decision makers! This year’s Summer Conference Theme is “2020 Vision: Today's Roadmap, Tomorrow's Reality,” and topics to be discussed include strategic planning, evolving service delivery, advancing technologies, land use challenges, and fiscal obstacles – all of which constitute the fabric of local leadership. Sponsorships must be secured…

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Academy Graduates: Register Today for the “Cybersecurity Challenges” Course

Graduates of the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance Certificate Program are invited to participate in this in-depth course focusing on cybersecurity challenges and best practices for local governments. The Academy for Excellence in Local Governance certificate program was founded by MACo and MML, is facilitated by the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, and is sponsored by the Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT). The Academy Graduate Program was designed to provide continuing education…

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Montgomery Receives Approval for New Vision Zero Tool

The Montgomery County Planning Department received approval to fund and launch the Predictive Safety Analysis project in the current fiscal year. This project seeks to prevent serious injury or fatal crashes at locations without a recent history of crashes, but share similar features to areas where fatal/serious crashes have occurred. From Montgomery Planning: The Predictive Safety Analysis tool will use statistical analysis to allow planners and county agencies to target resources to receive the most…

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Inclement Weather Policy for MACo and Annapolis Meetings

As bad weather looms, and the legislative session is in full swing, MACo wants our members and meeting participants to have easy and timely access to information on Annapolis events. On any day with inclement weather, MACo will post information to the blog site on its policy for that day as early as possible — usually by 7:30 am. Here are a few guidelines and procedures for events: The General Assembly – Bill hearings, briefings,…

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What’s in Store for 2020? Education, Leadership Changes, and More

Education funding and leadership changes where the running threads that united the outlooks from the panelists on the 2020 General Assembly Forecast. Delegate Eric Luedtke, House Majority Leader, dubbed the 2020 session as "the year of Maryland children." He discussed the first three bills that will be introduced in the House. HB 1 the Build to Learn Act which will focus on school construction; HB 2 the Blue Print for Maryland's Future the ever anticipated…

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Counties Get Creative to Avoid Flooding at #MACoCon
Patty Bubar presents at the 2019 MACo Winter Conference
Counties Get Creative to Avoid Flooding at #MACoCon

Flooding has become a real concern for local jurisdictions in Maryland, particularly those with coastlines. What proactive steps can counties take prior to flooding to reduce its impacts, and what role do other levels of government play in prevention? An expert panel at the 2019 MACo Winter Conference session "2 for 1: Flood Prevention (And Cleaner Water, Too!)" gave insight into flood mitigation tactics and how to take advantage of state and federal funds. "For…

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Maryland Officials Work Together to Stop Roadway Fatalities

At the 2019 MACo Winter Conference session, “No More Deaths: Vision Zero and Maryland’s Mission for Roadway Safety,” attendees learned about the issue of traffic congestion in Maryland and what options and solutions can elevate the state and our counties. State, Regional, and County officials all came together at #MACoCon to exploring the important relationship all levels of government have in stopping roadway fatalities in Maryland. Delegate Palakovich Carr moderated the panel and was the main…

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County Officials Consider How to Combat Maryland Congestion

At the 2019 MACo Winter Conference session, “Contemplating Our Congestion Crisis,” attendees learned about the issue of traffic congestion in Maryland and what options and solutions can elevate the state and our counties. The Session was a deep dive into teleworking, complete streets, and mass transit. Travis Johnston, Director of Locally Owned Transit at the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA), started off the panel by explaining a few of the Demand Management…

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Increased Trail Traffic Discussion at #MACoCon

As more and more people utilize trails for recreational purposes and even commuting, local jurisdictions are looking to update their laws and regulations to address congestion and new technologies including electric bikes and scooters. At the MACo Winter Conference session "Sharing the Trail: Bicycles, Pedestrians, and Now…E-Scooters?!?" attendees had the opportunity to hear from stakeholders on how counties are dealing with shifting user preferences. Stephen Lafferty, Chief Sustainability Officer, Office of the County Executive, Baltimore…

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