MACo Conference Supports “Sarah’s House” Charity
Pictured: Left-Bruce Clopein, Volunteer Resource Manager, Right-Jerry Walker, Anne Arundel County Council Member and 2018 MACo President
MACo Conference Supports “Sarah’s House” Charity

Every year at MACo's Summer Conference, attendees collect unused toiletries from their hotels. MACo collects those toiletries and donates them to a charity in the county of the current MACo President. This year, the Summer Conference toiletries were donated to Sarah's House. Sarah's House provides emergency and supportive housing for residents and families experiencing homelessness in Anne Arundel County. It is unique in that it operates through a partnership between Catholic Charities, the United States Army,…

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MACo Seeks a Policy Professional

MACo is seeking a new addition to our policy team. The full-time, professional position of Policy Associate is available at the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo). Principal responsibilities include covering and advocating for legislative and administrative policy issues affecting county government, policy research, and coordination with county professional organizations. Requirements for the position include: excellent written and oral communication skills, familiarity with Maryland state and local government, ability to engage membership and stakeholders on social media,…

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Chart the Course for County Connections with a #MACoCon Sponsorship

Sponsorships for the MACo 2019 Winter Conference are here. Sign up for yours today! The January 2019 conference "Charting the Course," will take a look at where we are, where we need to be, and how to get there. Attendees will explore how county government works and dive into the policy issues facing Maryland as we begin a new legislative session. With an election comes new faces and new relationships to build - there will…

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Preemption, PIA, and Public Safety Liability All Part of 2018 MACo Attorneys Conference

County Attorneys, legal, and legislative staff are invited to attend the MACo Attorneys Conference on November 14, 2018, to as they discuss the Public Information Act (PIA), preemption issues, public safety liability, the Open Meetings Act, and the new terrain for the General Assembly and Administration post-election. The conference is open to county attorneys, their legal staff, and county legislative staffers. There is no cost to attend but registration is required – please register online.…

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MACo Symposium Shines a Light on Solar Siting Issues

County elected officials, planners, and other technical staff from across the state attended a MACo-sponsored symposium on the benefits and challenges posed by community and utility scale solar facilities. The symposium addressed the role of solar in Maryland, the approval process for large solar facilities, different stakeholder perspectives on solar, county planning and zoning issues, and county revenue and taxation issues. Maryland Public Service Commissioner Michael Richard discussed how the solar siting process worked. Richard…

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Space Limited for Free Drone Symposium

A free all-day symposium for state and local government representatives will share ideas and solutions for local transportation and public works unmanned aerial systems (UAS) applications. UAS have potential utility for county transportation and public works departments in Maryland. MACo and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council are coordinating a symposium to further explore this topic. This event will bring together GIS, public works, transportation, and procurement staff from all sectors to discuss UAS and the way…

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Register Today for Winter #MACoCon

MACo's Winter Conference, "Charting the Course," will be held on January 2-4, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Cambridge, MD. Registration is now open. MACo's upcoming Winter Conference will focus on the breadth of county services in Maryland, building relationships with newly elected officials at the county, state, and legislative levels, and strategic planning for coming years. Approximately 600 decision-makers from county and state government, along with legislators, and commercial and nonprofit representatives will gather…

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Let the Sunshine In – Register Now for MACo Solar Symposium

  MACo, in partnership with the Sierra Club of Maryland and Solar United Neighbors, is offering a free one-day symposium to county officials (elected and non-elected) on the benefits and challenges of siting community and utility-scale solar generation facilities within your county. The symposium, titled Let the Sunshine In: Solar Siting in Maryland, will provide … Continue reading Let the Sunshine In – Register Now For MACo Solar Symposium

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MACo Announces 2019 Legislative Initiatives

MACo to prioritize education, public health, implied preemption, and NG 9-1-1 in 2019 legislative session.  MACo's Legislative Committee voted at their September 12, 2018 meeting to adopt the Association's four priorities for the 2019 Session. These issues -- Continuing State Commitment to Education; Re-Prioritizing Public Health; Repeal "Implied" Preemption Doctrine; and Next Generation 9-1-1 Implementation -- cover a broad range of important county concerns that MACo will proactively advocate for in front of the General…

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Revenues, Taxes, and Wynne — Updates from State’s Chief Economist

Andrew Schaufele, Director of the Bureau of Revenue Estimates, briefed MACo's Legislative Committee Wednesday, September 12, 2018 on the state of the State's economy.  Schaufele delivered good news regarding the state's revenues -- there's a $504 million surplus! This was 2% more than estimated, much of which has been attributed to capital gains. Of that surplus $200 million has been set aside to help fund changes anticipated to occur as a result of the Kirwan…

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