Board of Public Works Announces $2.8M for Drinking Water

The Board of Public Works, composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot; recently approved over $2.8M to improve a drinking water system in Allegany County.  “‘This is a smart investment to protect public health in a Maryland community,’ said Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles. ‘Upgrading the City of Cumberland’s drinking water system underscores the Hogan Administration’s commitment to water infrastructure and the public health and safety benefits that flow from…

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LEAD Maryland Seeks Fellowship Applicants

LEAD Maryland just announced Oct. 1 as the opening of applications to Class XII (2022-23) of their fellowship program.  LEAD Maryland, in a collaborative partnership with the University of Maryland Extension and several other organizations, will host this prestigious fellowship. This UME Signature Program is a leadership development experience designed for people committed to serving agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities. The program consists of 9 multi-day seminars over two years and is designed to help give up…

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B’more City Resumes Bulk Trash, White Goods Collection

Mayor Brandon M. Scott recently announced that effective October 2, the city’s DPW will resume bulk trash and white goods collection.  Starting in October, Saturday will now be bulk trash day in the Charm City. Collections will occur 7 a.m. - 3 p.m., with services focused on a different city section each week. Households will be allotted three bulk items per month and residents can begin calling 311 on September 17 to request a collection date.   “‘We know residents rely on bulk trash services and, thanks to a strong partnership with…

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Ventilation and Air Filtration at the Forefront of September 9 IAC Meeting

On September 9, the Interagency Commission on School Construction (IAC) met virtually to discuss project updates and topics front-of-mind as Maryland kids go back to school. The commission considered Baltimore City school ventilation and A.C., following the recent closure of some city schools due to insufficient or nonexistent air conditioning and air filtration, which health experts say is critical to mitigating COVID-19 transmission. Governor Hogan took up the issue at a September 1 Board of Public Works meeting…

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Anne Arundel Declares Storm Emergency, Establishes Online Reporting Portal

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman has declared a local state of emergency in response to the devastating storm and has announced a new web portal to report damage. Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman declared a Local State of Emergency in response to damage caused by the remnants of Tropical Depression Ida on Wednesday, Sept. 1, leaving significant damage to commercial and residential areas of Annapolis and Edgewater. No injuries have been reported. https://twitter.com/AACoExec/status/1433216069125263360…

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Governor Hogan Orders Full Assessment of Ventilation and Air Filtration in School Buildings

The Governor's order comes as students return to school amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and record heat, where some do not have air conditioning or proper air filtration systems.  At a Board of Public Works meeting today, Governor Hogan instructed the State Superintendent of Schools and the Interagency Commission on School Construction to "conduct an immediate statewide assessment of ventilation and air filtration in Maryland public school buildings." Just a day earlier, 31 schools in…

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New Tool Can Help Communities Develop Complete Streets Plan

National Complete Streets Coalition and Smart Growth America recently released a new tool to help communities look into developing Complete Streets plan.   What are Complete Streets?  Complete Streets is a development concept based on the idea of how safe and walkable a community is. Dangerous By Design 2019 is a recent study that shows the level of safe walkability communities around the US have. Adopting a Complete Streets plan for a community has a number…

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The Future of Maryland’s Workforce: Apprenticeship Programs for Public Workers

The MACo Summer Conference featured a session discussing challenges facing Maryland’s public trades workforce and how Counties can turn those challenges into rewarding opportunities. This session was moderated by Jack Wilson, Commissioner for Queen Anne’s County.   It is no secret that the labor force in the United States is shifting. More individuals are attaining higher education, and each generation is becoming more educated then the last. This shift in the labor force is posing…

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$3.7M Slated for Massive Maryland EV Charging Station Expansion

In a press release today, Governor Larry Hogan announced a total of $3.7M is being given to 37 sites to build electric vehicle charging stations throughout Maryland. “For more than six years now, Maryland has been setting an example for the nation of strong environmental leadership,” said Governor Hogan. “This is another important step forward to expanding access to electric vehicle charging across the state and encouraging more Marylanders to purchase and use electric vehicles.” …

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Greater Baltimore Committee Highlights MACo’s Michael Sanderson

As a guest on the Greater Baltimore Committee's "5 Questions" series, Michael Sanderson lays out county successes and priorities for the session and year ahead. The Greater Baltimore Committee serves as the Baltimore region’s premier organization of business and civic leaders – has been a leading voice for the business community on issues relating to economic growth, job creation, workforce development, transportation and quality of life. Their "5 Questions" series spotlights area policy and political…

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