*APPLY BEFORE Oct. 29* – MACo Seeks Graduate Fellow

The Maryland Association of Counties is seeking a graduate student for our 2022 Graduate Fellowship.   The Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) seeks a Graduate Fellow. This fellow will work closely with staff to support MACo’s mission of representing the 24 counties of Maryland during the 2022 legislative session. The program will last from December 2021 through mid-April 2022. This will be a paid position. If applicable, the fellowship may be eligible for course credit. Fellows…

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Stepping Up: How MD Farms Contributed to Hurricane Ida Relief

When Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana, over two dozen farms from across the state of Maryland stepped up to provide disaster relief, donating over 100,000 pounds of fresh food. First Fruits Farm, located in Freeland, MD, spearheaded the effort and organized hundreds of volunteers to package and ship food to Louisiana families. Established in 1998, the farm is dedicated to hunger and disaster relief. “When Hurricane Ida hit down in Louisiana, we wanted to help,” said…

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Maryland Observes International Overdose Awareness Day
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Maryland Observes International Overdose Awareness Day

Flags in Maryland are at half-staff today to commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day, observed annually on August 31st in remembrance of people who have died of a drug overdose. Governor Larry Hogan also directed the Government House to be lit purple to mark the occasion and in recognition of September as National Recovery Month.  “Today is a solemn occasion for all Maryland families, our friends, and our neighbors who have lost a loved one to…

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Montgomery College President Steps Down, Search Announced for Interim President

After 11 years leading Montgomery College as president, Dr. DeRionne Pollard will be stepping down as she takes on a new role as the next president of Nevada State College (NSC) in Henderson, Nevada. Plans for an interim president of Montgomery College and the process for selecting a new president will be announced in the coming days. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich released the following statement: Montgomery County is losing an incredible leader. Dr. DeRionne…

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Hogan Proclaims May and June 2021 as Maryland Magicicada Months

Governor Hogan today issued a proclamation to declare May and June 2021 as Maryland Magicicada Months in order to recognize the return of the 17-year periodical cicada and general public awareness. Only found in the eastern United States, the Brood X periodical cicadas only emerge every 17 years. They will begin to emerge in early May and will die off by the end of June. From the press release: “I encourage all Marylanders to take…

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Harford Announces Legislation to Protect Farmland from Development

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman this week introduced legislation to protect more than 1,500 acres in the County from development. Harford County Executive Glassman sent legislation to the County Council to protect 1,589 acres of farmland from development on Wednesday, April 28. From the press release: The legislation would bring 25 farm properties, representing 111 development rights, into Harford County’s agricultural land preservation program and fulfill requests from all qualified applicants for the first time…

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State Board of Education Votes to Require Full In-Person Learning Next Fall

The Maryland State Board of Education yesterday unanimously voted to approve a resolution requiring all school systems to be open five days a week for in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year, starting this fall. While the board voted that students should be able to attend 180 days of in-person learning with a teacher in the classroom, the board offered school systems the option to seek an exemption from the new requirement. Clarence Crawford, the…

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2021 End of Session Wrap-Up: Employee Benefits and Relations

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo's work in the area of employee benefits and employee relations in the 2021 General Assembly.  MACo advocates for fair state laws governing employment practices, labor representation, and employer-employee relationships. MACo becomes particularly engaged when a proposal has a disproportionate or unique effect on public sector employees - frequently those affecting public safety employees or other public workers who engage in sensitive and essential functions. This year…

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Maryland Board of Public Works – April 21, 2021 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works (BPW) reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have an effect on county governments. The BPW is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public. The meeting will be held in Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis. Note: In light of the COVID-19 epidemic,…

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Maryland Tech Council Receives Grant to Expand Business Continuity Task Force

The Maryland Tech Council (MTC) will receive $378,000 in federal CARES Act grant funding to expand its Business Continuity Task Force. The grants will be used to assist more entrepreneurs in Maryland as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an strong economic impact. Awarded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the grant will allow for small to mid-size businesses in Prince George’s County, Baltimore County, and the Baltimore City o apply online to be matched with…

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