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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Officials Work to Crack the Code for Successful Affordable Housing Initiatives

Affordable housing is a hot button issue that can polarize and paralyze communities. At the MACo Summer Conference session, "Breaking Barriers and Building Consensus Around Affordable Housing," attendees heard from experts and county colleagues about the challenges counties face addressing the issues and the ways they can work with communities and stakeholders unify around productive local solutions.  Nicola Y. Whiteman, Esq., Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Erin Bradley, Vice President of Government Affairs…

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The Surprising Ways the Climate Impacts Public Health (And What Counties Can Do About It)

What do salmonella, septic systems, Lyme disease, Dengue Fever, and animal populations have in common? They were all topics of discussion for the ways in which the climate is impacting public health at the MACo Summer Conference session, "The Climate-Health Connection Will Blow You Away." Sara Lou Trescott, Environmental Health Director for Washington County set the stage with an overview of the connection between the climate and public health. Trescott touched upon the environmental health…

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County Officials and Chief Information Security Officer John Evans Connect at Cybersecurity Forum

  The future of cybersecurity in Maryland is not only a hot topic around the state. It was a hot topic at the MACo Summer Conference! At the "Cybersecurity Forum" attendees were afforded the opportunity to discuss the topic with the new State Chief Information Security Officer, John Evans.    Evans provided brief updates on his new role and vision for cybersecurity in Maryland and spent the majority of the forum answering questions from audience members.…

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Who’s Ready to Feast?! #MACoCon

The MACo Crab Feast is a highlight of conference and a "can't miss" event! Picnic fare will be served in addition to the all-Maryland crabs! The Klassix will be on the stage for your listening pleasure and Lollipop the Clown will entertain the young and the young-at-heart with face-painting, crafts, games, and balloon animals! MACo would like to thank the companies sponsoring our crab feast: Aetna AT&T BGE CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company…

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Thank you to our Tech Expo Sponsors! #MACoCon

MACo would like to thank the following companies for sponsoring the Tech Expo at MACo's Summer Conference: Google Cloud (Lead Sponsor) Check Point Software Technologies (Co-Sponsor) Earth Data Inc. (Co-Sponsor) Fortinet (Co-Sponsor) Oracle (Snack Break Sponsor) Our sold out Tech Expo will feature demonstrations for leaders in the fields of AI, Cybersecurity, GIS, Telecommunications and more! Be sure to stop by and check out the many exhibits and Solutions Showcase Sessions while you're at MACo…

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