Save the Date for MACo’s Summer Conference: “Taking Care of Business”

MACo’s Summer Conference is scheduled for August 17-20, 2022, at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City. The Summer Conference is held at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Worcester County. The annual conference draws nearly 3,000 local, state, and federal government official attendees along with leaders from commercial and nonprofit organizations. Approximately 35  education sessions will be offered at the conference, featuring more than 80 speakers from the public and private…

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#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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MACo Installs 2022 Board of Directors and Officers at Winter Conference

The Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) is pleased to announce the installation of the 2022 Board of Directors and Officers. On Thursday evening, December 9, 2021, MACo Past President and Former Washington County Commissioner John Barr installed the MACo Board of Directors for 2022. The installation took place at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland, during the MACo Winter Conference Inaugural Banquet. The 2022 slate of Members and Officers are as follows:…

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Montgomery Adding More Rent Relief to Budget

Today, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich announced $48.5 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding, including rental assistance, will be included in Montgomery's Fiscal Year 2022 operating budget. Through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Montgomery will be receiving $34 million in Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) 2 funds from the United States Department of the Treasury, $7.7 million for Por Nuestra Salud y Bienestar (Latino Health Initiative) and the African American Health Program (AAHP), and $6.8 million toward food…

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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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Righting a Wrong at #MACoCon: Leveraging Opioid Settlement Funds to Heal Maryland
Attorney General Brian Frosh moderates MACo's session on water law
Righting a Wrong at #MACoCon: Leveraging Opioid Settlement Funds to Heal Maryland

Maryland's recent opioid settlement with Johnson & Johnson, as well as the three biggest opioid medication distributors, raises several questions, including "Who gets these funds?" and "How will these funds be used?" At the MACo Winter Conference session, "Righting a Wrong: Leveraging Opioid Settlement Funds to Heal Maryland," the Maryland Attorney General and several local government leaders will deliberate over these questions. Righting a Wrong: Leveraging Opioid Settlement Funds to Heal Maryland Description: The recent national settlement involving some of the country's…

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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 November 3, 2021. 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 the 2021 Winter…

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ARPA Explained: A Recap of MACo’s 2021 Fall Symposium

On Wednesday, September 29, MACo held its 2021 Fall Symposium at the Blue Heron Center in Annapolis's Quiet Waters Park. Numerous county leaders, including several elected officials and local budget officers, traveled from across Maryland to discuss the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) with state officials and nonprofit representatives, as well as one another. The Rural Maryland Council also presented on the expansion of broadband in rural communities. The event was moderated by Chris Trumbauer, former…

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Take a moment to complete our Communications Audience Survey to let us know what information you need from MACo to feel informed on county news and policy. MACo shares information and updates on local and statewide policy and best practices, so letting us know what you need from us will help us direct our efforts toward the news that most affects your work. The survey only takes 5-10 minutes to complete. We appreciate your feedback!…

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