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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Counties Tackle Employment Issues at #MACoCon

At the 2019 MACo Winter Conference Adacademy Core session "Employment Issues," attendees learned best practices for the hiring process; managing troublesome employees; and, if necessary, handling employee termination. The session was taught by Kevin Karpinski, partner at Karpinski, Colaresi & Karp, PA, and was moderated by Frederick County Council Member Michael Blue. Karpinski discussed a variety of employee-employer relationship topics, and reviewed important legal requirements for public employers. The Academy for Excellence in Local Governance…

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Diversity Caucus Spotlights 2020 Census at #MACoCon

The Maryland County Officials Diversity Caucus (Diversity Caucus) held its annual reception at the Winter MACo Conference. The topic of the evening was the importance of the 2020 census and accurately counting hard to reach populations. Prince George's Council Member Deni Taveras talked to attendees about how inaccurate counts -- under or over -- can have significant impacts on funding and investments of county programs for the next decade. She also discussed the steps being…

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Examining the Intricacies of Health Care in County Jails at #MACoCon

County jails house 18x more inmates a year than state and federal prisons. At the 2019 MACo Winter Conference session, “Inmate Healthcare: Sorting Fact from Fiction,"  attendees learned about the complex web of inmate healthcare and how improving the inmate health care system can decrease short- and long-term costs, reduce recidivism, and improve public safety. Tom Weber, Esquire, Chief Executive Officer for PrimeCare Medical, Inc, provided a breakdown of the top 10 myths and realities…

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Where There’s Smoke…Counties Confront Vaping at #MACoCon

Public policy concerns and public health impacts of electronic cigarette use was one of the biggest health news topics this year. The emergence of deadly vaping-related illnesses and the push to improve regulation had many on edge for what's next. At the 2019 MACo Winter Conference session, "Clearing the Air: A Closer Look at Vaping," panelists shared the latest on vaping, its public health impacts, and what is being done about it both nationally and…

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Opioid Roundtable: Build on Success and Prepare for What’s Next

At the 2019 MACo Winter Conference session, “Foundation of the Future: The County Role in Combatting the Opioid Crisis”, Steve Schuh, Executive Director of the Opioid Operational Command Center, shared updates on the opioid crisis and engaged in roundtable Q&A discussions on what counties are doing to tackle the crisis and help their communities. The roundtable was moderated by Senator Addie Eckardt and held on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. The 2019 MACo Winter Conference, “Building for…

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Counties Treating Childhood Trauma at #MACoCon

At the 2019 MACo Winter Conference session, “It Takes a Village: Building Resilience and Treating Trauma,” attendees learned about how traumatic events, especially those experienced early in life, can have long-lasting detrimental effects well into adulthood as well as the ways local governments are working to treat such trauma. Dr. Helene Felman from Kaiser Permanente provided an overview of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how chronic stress caused by such childhood trauma leads to long-term health…

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MACo Installs 2020 Board of Directors at Winter Conference

On Thursday evening, December 5, 2019, Senator Guy Guzzone installed the MACo Board of Directors for 2020. The installation took place at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland during the MACo Winter Conference Inaugural Banquet. The 2020 slate of Members and Officers are as follows: Officers: Sharon Green Middleton, Council Vice President, Baltimore City – President Barry Glassman, County Executive, Harford County – Past President John Olszewski, County Executive, Baltimore County -…

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Pick a Song, Any Song. Winter #MACoCon’s Gets Musical.
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Pick a Song, Any Song. Winter #MACoCon’s Gets Musical.

Winter #MACoCon has something for everyone, including...music? Yes! Winter Conference has two highly popular musical events for you to attend. Dueling Pianos, sponsored by Platinum Partner WGL Energy, takes place after the Welcoming & Awards Banquet on Wednesday night, from 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm in Windjammer Conference Room. Alexander & Cleaver and Workday are sponsoring our Karaoke night, following the Inaugural Banquet, from 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm, also in Windjammer. You won't want…

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You Don’t Want to Miss Our Banquets at #MACoCon

MACo's Winter Conference is just days away! Local leaders from both the private and public sector will join together in Cambridge, Maryland to celebrate the year's accomplishments and look toward the future, with the 2020 Maryland General Session right around the corner. Our Welcoming & Awards Banquet, and the Inaugural Banquet are two of the biggest highlights of our conference. Welcoming & Awards Banquet | Wednesday, December 4, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm…

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