Agreement Reached Between States & Major Telcomm Companies on Fighting Robocalls

A Daily Record article (2019-08-22) reported that a coalition of all 50 states and Washington D.C. have reach an agreement with 12 phone companies on fighting illegal robocalls. The article noted that robocalls are a frequent source of consumer complaints, both within Maryland and nationally. The agreement was the result of a bipartisan effort. Telecommunication companies that signed onto the agreement included AT&T, Comcast, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. A robocall is a call made with an autodialer and…

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MACo Member Discount – Grant Management Training Offered in DC this October

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grant management workshop in Washington, DC, October 21-22, 2019, and they're offering an exclusive rate to MACo members and their staff.   From Grant Writing USA: Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grant management workshop in DC, October 21-22, 2019.  This training is for grant recipient organizations across all disciplines. Attend this class and you'll…

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DHS releases CISA memo on Ransomware Outbreaks

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released a memo from the Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warning of the dangers of ransomware outbreaks. Ransomware attacks are testing the resolve of cities across the nation, including the City of Baltimore. From the CISA Memo: The Threat and How to Think About It Ransomware has rapidly emerged as the most visible cybersecurity risk playing out across our nation’s networks, locking up private sector organizations…

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The 2019-2020 MACo Directory is Available Now!

The Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 digital edition of the Directory of County Officials. The online version can be accessed on MACo’s homepage, under the Resources tab or by using this link: 2019-2020 Online Directory Benefits to using the Online Directory: When using the online version, you are able to click on any email address to contact someone directly, and may easily click and search for a contact through…

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MACo Welcomes Drew Jabin, New Policy Associate

Drew Jabin has joined the MACo policy team, and will advocate for counties on education, employee relations, transportation, and other issues. MACo is glad to announce Drew Jabin as our newest policy team member. Ms. Jabin most recently worked with the Maryland Bankers Association, where she worked in both policy/advocacy and communications on behalf of that Annapolis-based trade association. She formerly worked for President of the Maryland Senate Thomas V. Mike Miller, serving as a…

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St. Mary’s Library Goes High-Tech: Introduces 3D Printing, Virtual Reality

The St. Mary’s County Library this week announced the acquisition of 3D printers, 3D pens, Cricut Maker machines, and virtual reality headsets. The St. Mary's County Library has branches in Charlotte Hall, Leonardtown, and Lexington Park. “In a recent community survey, we saw lots of interest in providing new technology for County residents to discover and learn from,” said Michael Blackwell, Director. “We’re grateful to our Friends for the funding that has made it possible.”…

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U.S. Census Bureau Launches First Major Field Operation for 2020 Census

The U.S. Census Bureau last week launched address canvassing, the first major field operation of the 2020 Census. Address canvassing improves and refines the Census Bureau’s address list of households nationwide, which is necessary to deliver invitations to respond to the census. The address list plays a vital role in ensuring a complete and accurate count of everyone living in the United States. “The Census Bureau is dedicated to ensuring that we are on track,…

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Do You Follow These Tips When Conducting Meetings?

On the opening day of #MACoCon, Frederick County Council Member Jessica Fitzwater welcomed the audience to “Academy Core: Conducting Effective Meetings”. Council Member Fitzwater then introduced speaker Jack “Jay” Gallo. In his early twenties, Gallo stepped into the role of Mayor of New Windsor where he held the role for eight years. He is the past President of Maryland Municipal League, a certified parliamentarian, and the current Attorney for Taneytown, Rising Sun, Barnesville, and Poolesville.…

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Deadline Approaching for GFOA’s 2020 Awards for Excellence Program

The Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Awards for Excellence in Government Finance recognize innovative contributions in the field of government finance and leading examples of best practice implementation. The awards stress practical, documented work that offers leadership to the profession and promotes improved public finance. The deadline to submit applications is September 30, 2019. https://twitter.com/GFOA/status/1163861046723002378 Entries may be submitted for consideration in one of the following Awards for Excellence categories: Creative Solution to Common Challenge…

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Surviving an Active Shooter Situation at 2019 Summer #MACoCon

Attendees to the 2019 MACo Summer Conference learned how to survive an active shooter situation during the “Active Shooter Response Training” panel on August 17. Harford County Sheriff’s Office Sniper Section Coordinator and Deputy First Class Thomas Wehrle conducted the class and defined an “active shooter situation” as when an individual is actively engaged in killing and is not when the shooter is dead, not killing, or barricaded. Most active shooter incidents are over in…

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