Register Today for MACo’s Fall Symposium: “Policy Applications of a Racial Equity Lens”

 Join MACo, Associated Black Charities, the MD Center on Economic Policy, and Maryland Hunger Solutions for an eye-opening symposium on policy making through a racial equity lens. Learn how to make more equitable policies for the good of all Marylanders. FALL SYMPOSIUM Policy Applications of a Racial Equity Lens: Creating More Equitable Policies for an Economically Vibrant Maryland DATE/TIME/LOCATION: November 15, 2019 9:30 am - 2:00 pm Newton White Mansion, Mitchellville, MD OBJECTIVE: This event…

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Sponsor Brochure Released for Winter Conference!
Hundreds of people will gather at the Hyatt, Cambridge to learn, strategize, and build partnerships. Don't miss it!
Sponsor Brochure Released for Winter Conference!

The Sponsorship Brochure for our Winter Conference (December 4-6, 2019) has just been released! Opportunities are available for organizations to increase their visibility and connect with Maryland's top decision makers! This year's Winter Conference Theme is "Building for the Future," and topics to be discussed include school construction, clean energy infrastructure and solar siting, “The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future,” medical cannabis in the workplace, land use and zoning, long term traffic safety planning, and engaging…

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Academy Honors 92 Graduates for “Excellence in Local Governance”

The Academy for Excellence in Local Governance held is graduation ceremony on the College Park campus this week, honoring 92 county and municipal officials who  completed the extensive coursework toward their certificate. The University of Maryland, MACo, and the Maryland Municipal League have jointly sponsored the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance for years. The effort promotes local officials to seek out expansive training in topics relevant to their service, and awards a certificate upon…

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Being Safe and Secure in the Workplace

Join HR Daily on October 8 for a webinar on work-place safety and security, "Why a Good Emergency Action Plan Should Include More Than Natural Disasters!" James Davis, Editor of HR Daily, on the webinar: While it is never pleasant to think about worst-case scenarios, it is vastly important to have an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) in place. Because employee safety is such a high priority, one must have a plan in place that explains…

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MACo Announces 2020 Legislative Initiatives

MACo to prioritize education funding, school construction, health crises, and implied preemption in the 2020 session.  MACo’s Legislative Committee voted at their September 18, 2019 meeting to adopt the Association’s four priorities for the 2020 Session. These issues cover a broad range of important county concerns that MACo will proactively advocate for in front of the General Assembly. School Funding – Funding Fairness, County Role The 2020 Session will feature a generational debate about school…

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How Protests Birthed Grassroots Advocacy Organizations and Helped Propel Policy Change

At the 2019 MACo Summer Conference session, "From Protest to Policy," attendees learned about the framework, efforts, process, media coverage, that goes into forming and advancing grassroots advocacy movements to generate legislative change. Brian Griffiths, Editor-in-Chief, RedMaryland.com presented about the unique role Red Maryland plays as a media organization to influence policy change in Maryland. Using case studies Griffiths covered endorsements, political surveys and other activism tools they use as a media organization to put…

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Finding Ways to Give Small Businesses a Big Boost Towards Success

At the 2019 MACo Summer Conference Session, "Ensuring Small Businesses Excel" attendees learned about the potential opportunities small businesses have to access capital, improve workforce recruitment and training, reduce red tape, improve healthcare, navigate rising costs, and access tax credits.  Moderator Senator Katie Fry Hester kicked the panel off with opening remarks about the Senate's bipartisan interim workgroup of stakeholders exploring the economic realities of small businesses in Maryland. Fry Hester shared personal anecdotes about…

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Ingenuity Takes Stage as Stakeholders Think Outside the Box for Behavioral Health Solutions

There is no one way to solve the opioid and behavioral health crises. And at the 2019 MACo Summer Conference session, "New Tools for Tracking and Treating Opioid and Mental Health Crises", attendees learned just how much innovative mindsets can yield creative and effective solutions for tackling these complex, lingering issues. Jeff Beeson, Deputy Director, Management Coordination, Washington/Baltimore HIDTA discussed how ODMAP helps federal, state and local governments collect and visualize fatal and nonfatal overdose…

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Counties Take Action Against Maternal and Infant Deaths

Attendees of the MACo Summer Conference session, "Women and Children are Dying. What are We Doing About It?," learned how experts from across the state are tracking and working to stem the disturbing uptick of maternal and infant deaths. Chairman of the Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC), Allan Anderson, discussed the grants CHRC provides to organizations who provide women's health programs such as those that tackle issues associated with maternal and infant health deaths and…

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They’re Here! Counties Take Steps to Embrace Small Cells in Maryland

Attendees to the 2019 MACo Summer Conference session, "Maryland’s Small Cell Roll Out: Making 5G a Reality" learned vital information from fellow county and national experts on how to effectively navigate current legal, legislative, and community landscapes/terrain to efficiently pave the path forward for small cells in their jurisdictions. Victor Tervala, Chief Solicitor, Law Department, General Counsel Division for Baltimore City set a basis for the panel by reviewing the federal rules counties must play…

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