Baltimore City Names New Health Commissioner

Baltimore City Mayor Catherine E. Pugh today announced the appointment of Dr. Letitia Dzirasa as Health Commissioner for the Baltimore City Health Department, effective March 11, 2019. According to a press release: Dr. Dzirasa holds a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College. Upon earning her Doctorate, Dr. Dzirasa served as a resident physician at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, here…

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Conduit Street Podcast: Brinkley on Budgets, Amazon’s About-Face, Action on Airbnb, and More!

MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website.  

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Howard County – Safe & Sound

MACo Treasurer and Howard County Executive, Calvin Ball, has developed the Ellicott City Safe and Sound plan. This is a multi-phase plan built around the need for public safety, supporting business and property owners, preparing the county for a changing climate, and creating a more inclusive, community-driven process for decisions regarding Ellicott City’s future. Phase One: Ensuring Public Safety Building Acquisitions Emergency Public Alert System Clearing the Waterways Supporting Business & Property Owners Flood Mitigation Assistance…

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San Jose to Bridge Digital Divide with “Digital Inclusion Fund”

San Jose, California this week announced a $24 million grant program aimed at closing the city's digital divide. Local officials expect the "Digital Inclusion Fund" to finance the deployment of high-speed internet to an estimated 50,000 households and 95,000 residents. According to State Scoop: The fund, which Liccardo said will be the largest of its kind in the nation, will be supported through the fees the city charges wireless providers to install small cell technology on…

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Allegany Names New Director of Emergency Services

The Allegany County Board of County Commissioners last week unanimously appointed longstanding law enforcement executive James R. Pyles was as Director of Emergency Services. Mr. Pyles fills the position vacated by Mr. Richard DeVore in January. According to a press release: “Jim Pyles is the right person in the right position for the right time," commented Commission President Jake Shade. Mr. Pyles has had an extensive career serving the people of Allegany County and the…

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Conduit Street Podcast: Session Shakeup, School-Year Suspense, and More!

MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website.

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U.S. Employers Add 304,000 Jobs in January; Unemployment at 4%

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 304,000 in January, and the unemployment rate edged up to 4.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The United States Department of Labor this morning released its monthly estimate of hiring, unemployment, and wages for January. The report provides a crucial snapshot of the American economy. Despite the partial federal government shutdown, a slowing global economy, and trade tensions with China, employers added 304,000 jobs in January, marking a 100th straight…

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Conduit Street Podcast: State of the State, Party Priorities, Jail-Based MAT, and More!

MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website. Useful Links State of the State Coverage from Maryland Matters Barry Rascovar: Hogan’s Tax Cut Can Wait House Bill 116 - Public Health - Correctional Services - Opioid Use Disorder Examinations and…

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Anne Arundel Seeks New Members for Plan2040 Citizens Advisory Committee

Anne Arundel County is accepting new applications to serve on the Plan2040 Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). This committee provides input to the Office of Planning and Zoning as the county works to draft its General Development Plan, known as Plan2040. According to a press release: “This committee will help us shape the future of Anne Arundel County, and it needs diverse representation from communities across the county,” said County Executive Steuart Pittman. “We are seeking…

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Olszewski Names Panel for Police Chief Search

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski this week announced the names of the panelists who will interview top candidates to be the next Baltimore County Chief of Police, including several community representatives. According to a press release: The panel will interview up to 10 candidates and advise the County Executive on the strength of each candidate. The County Executive will select and interview finalists based on the panel’s recommendations. The panelists are: Drew Vetter, Deputy County…

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