CARES Funds: A Guide for Local Leaders

Tyler Technologies, a National Association of Counties (NACo) Premier Corporate Partner, on Thursday, November 19 will host a free webinar for local leaders and experts to share scalable, replicable ways in which cities and counties have used CARES act funds to strengthen their communities and create more resilient and responsive local government services amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees will learn how their peers are using technology in new ways to facilitate remote work, interact with…

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Howard Launches “Stay COVID Safe” Campaign as Cases Surge

As Maryland for the thirteenth consecutive day reported at least 1,000 new COVID-19 infections, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball today announced "Stay COVID Safe" — a new communications campaign to inform and remind the public on simple steps everyone can take to stop the spread of the virus. "We will create a team of ambassadors to engage you, encourage you to wear masks and avoid hosting or attending large gatherings, and utilize partnerships within our…

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As COVID Cases Surge, Some School Systems Reevaluate Reopening Plans

While all Maryland public school systems began the academic year virtually, many jurisdictions hoped to transition into in-person learning, especially for certain groups of students. Now — with COVID-19 cases surging and Maryland in the "Red Zone," Governor Larry Hogan ordered reduced capacity for bars and restaurants statewide, issued an expanded public health advisory for out-of-state travel, and "strongly recommended" 25 people or less at in-person gatherings. Many counties have followed suit and further implemented even tighter…

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Fitch Affirms Carroll’s AAA Bond Rating

Fitch Ratings this week assigned AAA ratings to the following Carroll County general obligation (GO) bonds: $29.4 million consolidated public improvement and refunding bonds of 2020 (Series A) $25.3 million taxable refunding bonds of 2020(Series B) The GO bonds are backed by the County’s full faith and credit pledge and its unlimited taxing power, for which the County is empowered and directed to levy unlimited ad valorem taxes. The Rating Outlook is Stable. In addition,…

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Here Are the States to Avoid Under Maryland’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory

Governor Larry Hogan this week "strongly encouraged" Maryland residents to avoid non-essential out-of-state travel to states with a COVID-19 positivity rate above 10 percent or states with an average case rate of above 20 per 100,000 people over the past seven days. As Maryland for the ninth consecutive day reported at least 1,000 new COVID-19 infections — and a statewide positivity rate above 5 percent for the first time since June — Governor Hogan this…

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Allegany Announces Grant Program for Local Restaurants

Allegany County recently announced the Restaurant Relief Fund Grant, which will support local restaurants and other foodservice businesses under severe financial pressures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible businesses may use grant funds to cover operating expenses such as rent, payroll, and utilities, as well as costs associated with the purchase of personal protective equipment, ensuring sanitary physical spaces, and implementing online customer engagement and transactions. As previously reported on Conduit Street, Governor Larry Hogan recently announced…

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Hogan Announces Staff Appointments

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that Chris Shank has been named as director of external affairs and interagency initiatives and current press secretary Shareese Churchill will take on additional responsibility as deputy director of interagency communications. Shank, in his new role, will manage relationships with external stakeholders to promote engagement with administration initiatives and identify strategic partnerships, and oversee a portfolio of multi-agency efforts. From Hogan's press release: “I could not be more pleased to…

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Frederick Announces $2 Million Restaurant Grant Program

Food Service Grant program aims to assist Frederick County restaurants whose operations have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner recently announced a $2 million Food Service Grants program to support restaurants and other foodservice businesses hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Local businesses that serve food can begin to apply for grants beginning at 8:00 am on Friday, November 13. Grants will be awarded in two categories. The first category…

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Maryland’s Federal Courts Will Close to Public Amidst COVID-19 Surge

Federal courts in Maryland will close to the public starting November 16 as COVID-19 cases are surging across the region, with Maryland reporting eight consecutive days of at least 1,000 new infections. With Maryland’s positivity rate exceeding 5 percent for the first time since June and health metrics spiking across the nation, Governor Larry Hogan this week announced a statewide order to reduce indoor dining capacity from 75 percent to 50 percent. State health officials also…

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