Sept. 14 Board of Public Works Meeting: Here’s What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) — a three-member panel including Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Dereck Davis — reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies, many of which affect county governments. The BPW considered and approved the following requests and recommendations at its meeting on September 14, 2022: Anne Arundel County A request from the Maryland Stadium Authority for approval to award the Guaranteed Maximum Price Package #3…

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Parking Space or Park? Montgomery Reimagines Street Spaces

Montgomery reimagining a parking lot into a picnic area in downtown Wheaton as part of global PARK(ing) Day. Park(ing) day is an annual, global event that gives residents, businesses and organizations an opportunity to temporarily transform metered parking spaces and stimulate conversations about how people can use their urban landscape. Counties have an opportunity to explore new avenues of public space use and provide greater access to green spaces along with safe ways to use…

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St. Mary’s Dept of Recreation and Parks Earns National Accreditation

The St. Mary's Department of Recreation and Parks joined the ranks of elite park and recreation agencies across the country by earning accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for park and recreation agencies and is a measure of an agency's overall quality of operation, management and service to the community. This mark of distinction…

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Survey Says… Tell MD Tourism and National Parks About the Chesapeake Bay Region

You could win a $250 Amazon gift card for answering a short survey about Maryland's Chesapeake Bay Region. The brief survey should take around 15 minutes. Your honest feedback is extremely valuable in helping the Maryland Office of Tourism and the National Park Service to better provide services and offerings that serve the needs of visitors like you. Your responses will remain confidential and will only be reported in aggregate. After you complete your survey…

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State Seeks Consultant for State Parks Study

The Department of Legislative Services recently put out a request for proposal for a consultant to conduct an independent study of the State park system. During the 2021 legislative session, the General Assembly passed the SB 541 Great Maryland Outdoors Act, a comprehensive piece of legislation aimed at fully evaluating the needs and health of the State parks system. The bill established the State Park Investment Commission, chaired by former Governor Glendening and composed of…

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August 31 Board of Public Works Meeting: Here’s What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) — a three-member panel including Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Dereck Davis — reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies, many of which affect county governments. The BPW considered and approved the following requests and recommendations at its meeting on August 31, 2022: Allegany County A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $13,123 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure…

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Montgomery Climate Action Report Highlights Major Successes

The Montgomery County Climate Action Annual Report highlights 75 accomplishments to reduce climate-related risks.  Montgomery County has released its first Climate Action Plan Annual Report, a work plan detailing Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) accomplishments and Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) plans to combat climate change. The report highlights 75 accomplishments in the first year since the plan was released in June 2021. The Climate Action Plan (CAP) is a strategic plan to cut community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80 percent by…

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We Are All in this Together: A Discussion on Housing Affordability

The shortage of affordable housing is hitting everyone, from senior and mid-career professionals, to college students just starting out. Conduit Street runs down some of the latest discussion about, and contributors to, this important topic. One does not need to look far to find evidence of families everywhere struggling with the increasing costs of rents and mortgages. Affordable housing is a unique issue that hits almost all demographic groups in some way. Household budgets stretch…

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Learn About Howard’s Accessibility Focus at Centennial Park

Completed renovations at Centennial Park South widened pathways, added a new accessible parking lot and pathway improvements, and completed other improvements that enhance public safety. Counties have an opportunity to ensure equal access to not just their parks but all services and buildings by investing in accessibility. Howard County is one such example where funds for recreation and parks projects were used to make improvements that allowed all residents access to the beautifully preserved park.…

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Drivers of Economic Growth: #MACoCon Panel Talks Public Trails

At the 2022 MACo Summer Conference, an expert panel discussed the impact of trail networks on communities and housing values.  No longer seen as just a path in the woods, trails have become an important tool for driving economic development and creating cohesive communities. These underappreciated assets bridge different points of interest and drive tourism, all while providing a source of local recreation and connecting the workforce to their communities. This expert panel discussed the…

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