DoIT Secretary Leahy Named NASCIO President

This month, Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT) Secretary Michael G. Leahy was elected president of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). Serving on the NASCIO Board of Directors for the past four years, Secretary Leahy had been the association’s vice president since October 2020, and in 2019 served as NASCIO secretary/treasurer. “As the cyber capital of America, the State of Maryland is pleased to provide valuable leadership and expertise to the…

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Anne Arundel Announces Disaster Recovery Micro Grant Program

Grants of up to $5,000 available to Anne Arundel County businesses affected by Tropical Storm Ida Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman and the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC) today announced the launch of the Disaster Recovery Micro Grant Program (DRMGP) to help businesses recover from the tropical storm and tornado that struck the region on Wednesday, September 1. “We are extremely thankful that the tornado did not lead to any loss of life…

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Calvert Earns Three AAA Bond Ratings for Sixth Consecutive Year

Calvert County earned AAA bond ratings from the three major bond rating agencies for the sixth year in a row. The ratings from Fitch, Moody’s, and Standard & Poor’s keep borrowing costs low and reflect the County’s strong economy, robust revenues, and sound financial management. “This sixth consecutive assessment of top credit ratings for Calvert County is a testament to our fiscal stewardship,” said BOCC President Earl F. “Buddy” Hance. “It affirms our commitment to…

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Baltimore City Tax Sale Workgroup Convenes This Week

The Baltimore City Tax Sale Workgroup will hold its first meeting on Thursday, October 28th, at 2:00 p.m. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Tax Sale Workgroup will identify and recommend solutions to close gaps in the system and advise the City on making the process more equitable. In addition, the Workgroup will evaluate ways to offer residents more options to satisfy outstanding tax debts and work with state lawmakers to allow for greater…

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Washington Seeks Nominations of Veteran-owned Businesses for Recognition

Washington County is celebrating veterans by seeking nominations of local, Veteran-owned businesses to promote on their website and social media. Thursday, November 11 is Veterans Day, and many Maryland counties will be celebrating and honoring service members and their families. According to a County press release: To celebrate Veterans Day, the Washington County Public Relations and Marketing Department invites the public to nominate local, Veteran-owned businesses in Washington County to be highlighted on Washington County Government…

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Harford Reports Record Budget Surplus

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman Announces Record $58 Million Budget Surplus Harford County finished the 2021 fiscal year with a record budget surplus driven primarily by stronger-than-expected income tax revenue and efficient government spending. Overall revenue was up 9.6% over fiscal 2020, reflecting a resilient local economy. “I am proud that Harford County government stayed open every day to serve our citizens through the pandemic, while managing our money wisely and supporting the small businesses…

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Board of Public Works – November 3 Meeting Agenda

The Board of Public Works — a three-member panel including Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Nancy Kopp — reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies, many of which affect county governments. It typically convenes on alternating Wednesdays in the Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis, and meetings are open to the public. The Board’s next meeting is Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at…

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Conduit Street Podcast Archives: Data and Districts With Planning Sec. McCord

As previously reported on Conduit Street, per Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order, the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission released final proposed drafts of the congressional, legislative, and state senate maps and public review. This week, from the Conduit Street Podcast archives, Maryland Department of Planning Secretary Robert McCord joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to discuss the significance of new 2020 Census data for state and local redistricting. The Conduit Street Podcast is available on major platforms like Spotify, Apple Podcasts,…

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Changing of the Guard: Treasurer Kopp to Step Down, AG Frosh Won’t Seek Third Term
Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp (source: Maryland Manual Online)
Changing of the Guard: Treasurer Kopp to Step Down, AG Frosh Won’t Seek Third Term

State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp will step down this year; Attorney General Brian E. Frosh will not seek a third term as Maryland’s chief legal officer. Treasurer Kopp Announces Retirement After more than 50 years in public service, Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp announced her plans to step down by the end of this year. The second-longest-serving Maryland State Treasurer, and the second woman to serve in the role, Treasurer Kopp was first elected…

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Anne Arundel Earns Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Anne Arundel County Office of Finance earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. The Certificate of Achievement, which recognizes the County's financial report for fiscal 2020, is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting and demonstrates the County's commitment to transparency. https://twitter.com/AACoExec/status/1450901593528885253 The GFOA, founded in 1906, represents public finance officials throughout the United States…

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