Montgomery Earns Three AAA Bond Ratings

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and County Council President Nancy Navarro announced that the three major bond rating agencies this week reaffirmed the County’s AAA bond rating. The ratings from Fitch, Moody’s, and Standard & Poor’s reflect the County's status as one of the top-rated issuer of municipal securities. “We view the county's management as very strong, with strong financial policies and practices under our FMA methodology, indicating financial practices are strong, well embedded and likely…

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MDTA Releases Report on Toll Modernization Proposal

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) today released a report detailing public feedback on a package of proposals to modernize toll facilities. Governor Larry Hogan in July directed the MDTA to explore new tolling options in order to reduce costs and cut tolls. MDTA's toll modernization proposal includes a new toll payment method (Pay-by-Plate), reduced toll rates for new and expanded vehicle classifications, and discounts for early payment of video tolls (Pay-by-Invoice). According to the report:…

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MACo Seeks Policy Fellow for 2020 General Assembly Session

The Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) is seeking a Policy Fellow to assist the Executive Director and staff during the 2020 Maryland General Assembly Session. The Policy Fellow will be considered a member of the MACo policy team and will work closely under their mentorship to support the advocacy efforts of the team. In turn, the Policy Fellow will learn first-hand about a range of policy issues affecting local governments and the advocacy process in…

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Staples Asks Supreme Court to Weigh In on Maryland Tax Dispute

Office-supply retailer Staples Inc. last week asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review its long-standing legal battle with Maryland over the state’s claim that the retail giant owes it $14 million in back taxes. Staples Inc., based in Massachusetts, argues that Maryland's taxation of franchise fees paid by the retailer's Maryland stores violates the Constitution's Due Process and Interstate Commerce clauses. The dispute centers around whether or not franchise fee payments received from Staples' Maryland…

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Cecil Ramps Up Census Outreach

With the 2020 Census just around the corner, Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy and the Cecil County Council are encouraging residents to spread the word on the importance of a fair and accurate count. The County formed a complete count committee in order to collaborate with local non-profits and other organizations to promote the 2020 Census. "Cecil County Council was asked by Audra Harrison, Maryland census director, to organize with community partners to encourage Cecil…

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Montgomery Alcohol Beverage Services Wins National Award for Enforcement Program

Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) has been recognized with the national Best Practices Award for its Montgomery County Safety Alliance Program by StateWays, a trade magazine. “Preventing alcohol issues is the goal,” said ABS Director Bob Dorfman. “ABS has a proactive enforcement team that works collaboratively with other County agencies to help streamline processes, educate the public and protect the health and safety of our community.” According to a press release: An enforcement initiative,…

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Howard Names New Director of Technology and Communications

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball last week named Brandee Ganz as the new director of the Howard County Department of Technology and Communications (DTCS). Ganz previously served as the head of the Project Management Office in the County's Department of Information Technology. DTCS is responsible for supporting the County's many different functions by offering an array of services in order to help the departments meet their technology needs. This includes areas such as cybersecurity, geographical…

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Howard Courthouse Project Wins Three International P3 Awards

County Executive Calvin Ball today announced three P3 Award wins for the new Howard County Circuit Courthouse project. Now in its sixth year, the P3 Awards is one of the largest events in the Americas recognizing and rewarding the best in public-private partnerships (P3) from around the world. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the County broke ground on the new 238,000 square foot facility last June. The new courthouse is the County's first P3…

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Olszewski Names New Press Secretary
Baltimore County Executive- elect Johnny O Jr. (photo source: twitter)
Olszewski Names New Press Secretary

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski yesterday announced that Sean Naron will be joining his leadership team as press secretary. He succeeds T.J. Smith, who will be departing the executive’s office to explore other opportunities. “Sean is a dedicated, hard-working, and energetic communicator with years of experience working with journalists to ensure the public has access to the critical information they deserve,” Olszewski said. “I’m thrilled to have him return to our team as we continue…

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Washington College to host Eastern Shore Environmental Legislative Summit Oct. 6

The Washington College Center for Environment and Society will host The Eastern Shore Environmental Legislative Summit on Sunday, October 6, 2019, at The Gibson Center for the Arts in Chestertown, Maryland. Salisbury Mayor Jake Day and Former Delegate Heather Mizeur will facilitate this summit, which will focus on the Eastern Shore as ground zero for climate change in Maryland. Baltimore County Delegate Dana Stein, and Montgomery Delegate Vaughn Stewart will be among the featured speakers,…

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