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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MACo Wants to Hear from You! Take Our Communications Audience Survey.

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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Deadline Extended: Register by 9/27 for MACo’s ARPA Symposium

Register by 9/27 for MACo’s 2021 Fall Symposium on September 29, which will focus on American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. The Federal Recovery efforts pose a one-of-a-kind challenge to your county. Accelerate your programs where you can, support the ongoing recovery, overcome obstacles to delivery, and be mindful of shifting federal rules. It’s all center stage as MACo hosts its September Symposium on Wednesday in Anne Arundel County. Register now for this one-day opportunity…

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MACo Welcomes New Policy Team Member D’Paul Nibber

The MACo Staff gladly welcomes D'Paul Nibber, who joins the policy team as Associate Director. D'Paul Nibber joins MACo with credentials from both Baltimore City and the offices of multiple General Assembly members. “D'Paul brings a background working directly with local elected officials, and also with front-facing local services,” said Executive Director Michael Sanderson. “He will complement MACo's mission ideally and should be a terrific asset for our policy work on behalf of counties.” Mr.…

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Best Practice County Financial Management Serves Everyone

As the pandemic continues to shape county budgets and fiscal health, it is more important than ever for counties to implement strong budgeting procedures.  At the 2021 MACo Summer Conference Academy Core session, “County Financial Management,” attendees learned about the budgeting process, funding sources, important financial terms, and considerations to keep in mind when managing their county’s budget. The session was taught by Carroll County Director of Management & Budget Ted Zaleski and moderated by Prince George's…

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MACo Welcomes New Policy Team Member, Dominic Butchko

The MACo Staff gladly welcomes Dominic Butchko, who joins the policy team as Associate Director, and will be contributing at the upcoming Summer Conference. Dominic Butchko joins MACo with credentials from both county and municipal government, and track record of achievement at both levels. "Mr. Butchko has been working within county government and has seen how we can succeed, but also has hands-on experience as a municipal official," said Executive Director Michael Sanderson. "He'll draw…

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MACo Policy Team Welcomes Brianna January

MACo is pleased to welcome Brianna January, new MACo Associate Director, who is joining the policy team and will be at the Summer Conference. Brianna January brings experience with the Maryland General Assembly, and her background in writing and policy, to her new role with MACo as Associate Director. "Ms. January already knows the halls of Annapolis, and how to get things done here. Add to that her media savvy and research record, and I…

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MACo Staff Welcomes Sofia Pablos-Aguirre

Sofia Pablos-Aguirre has joined MACo's Member Services Team, and will be the first face that our visitors see as our new Office Coordinator. Be sure to say hello at #MACoCon! MACo's newest staff member, Sofia Pablos-Aguirre has recently relocated to Prince George's County from Southern Florida. She has joined the MACo staff as Office Coordinator, and will be managing the office and contributing as part of MACo's Member Services team, helping to coordinate education and…

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MACo is Hiring! Annapolis Government Relations Professional

MACo's Policy Team is seeking a professional who can help represent and serve counties and their many front-line services across Maryland. Sound like a fit? Apply today! MACo is seeking a government relations professional to join our policy team, take a lead role on a series of policy areas, and coordinate advocacy and other projects with county leaders. Applications are due by July 30 (instructions listed below). The Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) is the…

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