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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County Officials Explore School Construction Funding at #MACoCon
Crofton Area High School (photo courtesy of Anne Arundel County Public Schools
County Officials Explore School Construction Funding at #MACoCon

At the 2019 MACo Winter Conference session, “Change Order: Is a Shift in School Construction Funding on the Way?,” attendees learned about the Workgroup on the Assessment and Funding of School Facilities, the recommendations that came out of it, and what the 2020 Maryland Legislative Session may hold for the Build to Learn Act. Perry Willis, Executive Director of Support Services for Cecil County Public Schools started off the discussion by going through the background of…

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County Officials Navigate Kirwan Recommendations at #MACoCon

At the 2019 MACo Winter Conference session, “Breaking Down the Blueprint: School Funding in Focus,” paenlists discussed the generational debate on school funding. Attendees learned more in depth about the Kirwan Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education recommendations and how they could translate into legislation for the 2020 Session as well as the budgetary reality for Maryland’s counties. Vice President of the Frederick County Board of Education, Joy Schaefer, led audience members through a presentation…

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Workplace Safety Panelists Discuss Best Tips

At the 2019 MACo Winter Conference session, “Are You Prepared? Keeping Your Workplace Safe and Secure,” attendees heard from panelists on modern day safety precautions in the workplace. The panel started off with Kevin Karpinski, Principal at Karpinski, Colaresi & Karp, discussing the legalities of workplace violence, best practices to prevent violence, and current OSHA and Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Act (MOSHA) requirements. Beth Thierer, Director of Customer Solutions for BHS and licensed social worker,…

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Budgeting Best Practices at #MACoCon

With all the talk about funding formulas for Kirwan and other initiatives, it is clear that there is an even greater need for counties to have strong budgeting procedures. At the 2019 MACo Winter Conference Adacademy Core session, "County Financial Management" attendees learned about the budgeting process; important financial terms; how to implement a multi-year plan; and questions to keep in mind when managing your county's budget. It was taught by Carroll County Director of…

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