Does Artificial Intelligence Have a Place in Hiring?

Experts express caution over the growing use of automated technology and artificial intelligence for job and candidate screening and hiring processes. MACo tackled the issue at the 2022 Summer Conference. Experts at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFFCCP) are warning about the potential for automated technology, like artificial intelligence (AI), used in the workplace for hiring and human resource functions to accelerate discrimination.…

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WalletHub Ranks Maryland’s Community Colleges Second Best in the Country

A 2022 report recently published by WalletHub ranks Maryland's community colleges as the second best in the country. WalletHub is a personal finance website that also publishes reports and comparative data on consumer-related topics. The site published a new report analyzing and ranking community colleges systems across the country based on a variety of criteria. Maryland's community college system ranks second best in the country according to WalletHub's analysis, just after Connecticut. Governor Larry Hogan…

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Live From #MACoCon: SAS Talks Tech Tools for Tomorrow’s Counties

SAS— the leader in business analytics software and services and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market — talks about how counties can use advanced analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to solve complex problems, build trust, and be more efficient.

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MACo Human Resources Affiliate Chooses New Leadership

At the MACo Summer Conference 2022 meeting of the Human Resources Affiliate, members elected new leadership and celebrated the upcoming retirement of Carroll County Human Resources Director Kim Frock. At the 2022 MACo Summer Conference, the Maryland Association of Human Resources Officers, also known as the MACo Human Resources (HR) Affiliate, met over an informative luncheon to conduct organizational business, including electing a new slate of affiliate leadership. The Maryland Association of Human Resources Officers…

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See How It Went – 2022 Summer #MACoCon Photo Recap

MACo’s 2022 Summer Conference, “Taking Care of Business,” on Aug 17-20 in Ocean City, MD, was a resounding success! Thousands of leaders in the public and private sector gathered to explore resources available for recovering and struggling businesses, creative ways to achieve common goals, and partnerships available to take our communities from “surviving” to “thriving.” See how it went, and plan to join us at our upcoming conferences: Winter Conference, January 4-6, 2023, Cambridge, MD…

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Statewide Candidates Talk Infrastructure, Public Safety, Economy, and More at #MACoCon Forum

With primary elections in the books, candidates for governor, attorney general, and comptroller addressed the MACo Summer Conference in a forum on issues of importance for county governments. Mileah Kromer, director of the Sarah T. Hughes Center for Politics Director at Goucher College, and Pamela Wood, politics and government reporter at The Baltimore Banner, moderated the forum. Democratic nominee for comptroller, Delegate Brooke Lierman, the Republican nominee for comptroller, Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, Democratic…

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Success Stories in Revitalizing Public Spaces at #MACoCon

Practical, lasting redevelopment solutions for unused public spaces are made possible through persistence and partnership. When it comes to using old spaces to solve new problems, this panel of experts has been there, done that. In this session, Empowering Communities: Breathing New Life Into Old Spaces, participants learned from an esteemed group of presenters about effective ways to rethink community revitalization projects. "Setting the stage for revitalization efforts depends on the building blocks in place,"…

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Preventing Burnout at #MACoCon

During the 2022 MACo Summer Conference, experts from across Maryland discussed how to address worker burnout amongst county employees. The “Great Resignation” has seen workforce numbers dip across all sectors, including those government workers most responsible for protecting the public from COVID-19. From mental health first aid to providing self-care opportunities in the office, counties have employed numerous strategies to avoid burnout and attrition amongst their most overworked staff. Presenters advised county officials on how…

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Local Health Departments Partner Up at #MACoCon

During the 2022 MACo Summer Conference, officials from County Health Departments joined with their community partners to discuss their joint efforts to promote public health. The COVID-19 pandemic forced county actors, especially local health departments, to think creatively and cultivate unlikely partnerships with nonprofits and businesses, alike. Moreover, the lessons and relationships gained from this public health crisis did not go to waste as county governments have continued to tackle epidemics like opioid use. During…

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Building Equitable Infrastructure: A Luncheon Conversation at #MACoCon

The Maryland County Officials Diversity Caucus (Diversity Caucus) and Women of MACo jointly hosted a luncheon at MACo's Summer Conference featuring a much-needed discussion regarding equity and public infrastructure. The Diversity Caucus and Women of MACo are chaired by Commissioner President Craig Mathies, Sr., and Council President MC Keegan-Ayer, respectively. In addition, two speakers joined the luncheon: Delegate Robbyn Lewis and Thomas D. Peterson, President of the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS). Each speaker highlighted inequities resulting…

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