Conduit Street Podcast Presents: The Divide – How US Counties Are Confronting Connectivity Needs

The Conduit Street Podcast is proud to present The Divide – a new podcast from Light Reading that explores the digital divide: why it still exists, where it still exists, and what needs to be done to fix it. The latest episode features the co-chairs of the National Association of Counties (NACo) Broadband Task Force, Montgomery County Council Member Craig Rice, and Judge JD Clark of Wise County, Texas for a discussion on what the…

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Fun Fact: Which County is Home to a Community Built by Former Slaves Who Fought in the Civil War?

After the Civil War ended in 1865, eighteen black soldiers returned to Talbot County and settled a few miles outside of the town of Easton. The formation of The Village of Unionville is credited to Ezekiel Cowgill and his son James, Quakers who owned nearby Lombardy Plantation. The Cowgills offered each veteran a plot of land for the rate of one dollar a year for thirty years. Photo Credit: MD Historical Trust Prior to 1870,…

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Mayor Scott to Hire Baltimore’s First Digital Equity Director

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott today announced that he will hire Baltimore City’s first Director of Broadband and Digital Equity. This position will serve as Baltimore City’s primary representative for coordination with internal and external stakeholders focused on digital equity and broadband connectivity issues while working to expand public access for Baltimore residents. More than 60,000 Baltimore City households do not have internet access. Mayor Scott said the City will adopt a comprehensive approach to…

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Charles Appoints Resilience Authority to Tackle Climate Change

The Charles County Board of Commissioners yesterday announced the newly appointed Resilience Authority of Charles County Board of Directors. The Authority is a non-profit, government instrumentality financing organization, and will undertake and support resilience infrastructure projects that mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change by offering a range of financing structures, forms, and techniques that leverage public and private investment. Through projects and outreach efforts, the Authority will also encourage demand for resilience…

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Join the NACo National Membership Call, Update on COVID-19 Relief for Counties

Every Maryland County is a member of the National Association of Counties (NACo), and all Maryland County elected officials and staff are invited to join the NACo National Membership Call. WHAT? NACo is hosting a webinar for all NACo members. AGENDA: Join the National Association of Counties tomorrow, for a membership call with the latest updates on COVID-19 relief for counties, and how you can support the effort to secure bipartisan, direct federal aid to counties of…

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Bill to Usurp Local Authority Over County Elections Moving in House

A bill to mandate the method by which county commissioners and council members are elected to represent specified districts is moving in the House of Delegates. MACo opposes HB 655, as county governments are concerned that this one-size-fits-all approach would infringe on local autonomy and flexibility in local governance. The method and structure of county elections are matters reasonably left to those governed. Currently, that authority is properly vested in county governing bodies, regardless of…

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Tax Credits an Alternative to Depleting County Coffers

MACo Legislative Director Kevin Kinnally today submitted testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee in opposition of HB 864 Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Military Retirement Income. This bill expands an existing subtraction modification for military retirement income. MACo opposes state-mandated reductions in local revenue sources, but welcomes tools to grant counties options and flexibility to pursue their own parallel tax incentives, or to develop others to suit their local needs. From the…

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Program Open Space Popular Among Marylanders

Last week, the Partners for Open Space released the results of a recently conducted poll which found that Program Open Space was exceedingly popular among Maryland residents. The poll questioned Maryland voters who are likely to participate in the November 2022 election. Results indicate that 90 percent of participants approve of Program Open Space, and prefer the State maintain its current funding. Program Open Space has been a historically successful program, providing an immense public benefit…

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Fun Fact: What (or Who) Do Lexington Market and Washington College Have in Common?

Lexington Market in Baltimore City and Washington College in Kent County have both been “cooler than you since 1782." Photo Credit: Baltimore Heritage In 1782, John Eager Howard (of Revolutionary War fame) donated a portion of his family pasture land to be used as a market. That same year, Gen. George Washington lent his name and donated 50 guineas to founding Washington College (he also served on the first Board of Visitors and Governors). At…

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