MACo Conference Supports “Sarah’s House” Charity
Pictured: Left-Bruce Clopein, Volunteer Resource Manager, Right-Jerry Walker, Anne Arundel County Council Member and 2018 MACo President
MACo Conference Supports “Sarah’s House” Charity

Every year at MACo's Summer Conference, attendees collect unused toiletries from their hotels. MACo collects those toiletries and donates them to a charity in the county of the current MACo President. This year, the Summer Conference toiletries were donated to Sarah's House. Sarah's House provides emergency and supportive housing for residents and families experiencing homelessness in Anne Arundel County. It is unique in that it operates through a partnership between Catholic Charities, the United States Army,…

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See How It Went: The 2018 Summer Conference Photo Recap Is Here

MACo’s 2018 Summer Conference – “Water, Water Everywhere” – on August 15-18 focused on all the ways county governments work with water. This was MACo’s third record-breaking year in a row with final attendee registration totaling 1,266, exhibit booths coming in at 236, booth staff numbering well over 980, and 61 Tech Expo booths. Thanks to all who participated! The full conference schedule and program of events can be viewed online. Save the date for…

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Conduit Street Podcast: Smart Growth, Bay ‘Pollution Diet,’ & #MACoCon Recap

On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally are joined by MACo’s Legal and Policy Counsel, Les Knapp, to discuss the future of Smart Growth in Maryland, the health of the Chesapeake Bay, and recap #MACoCon. Listen in to hear an update on "A Better Maryland," the ongoing implementation of the Chesapeake Bay’s "pollution diet," and the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements established by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)…

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Governor Hogan Closes 2018 Summer #MACoCon Talking Education, Environment, and Highway User Revenues

  Maryland Governor Larry Hogan provided the closing remarks to the 2018 MACo Summer Conference on August 18, 2018. Hogan highlighted several issues important to county governments during his speech, including economic development, education, the environment, health, and transportation. Hogan thanked county leaders for their dedication to Maryland and their local communities. "Real leadership isn't about making empty promises, it is about making tough choices," Hogan stated. He praised the MACo Summer Conference for both…

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Another MACo Summer Conference in the Books – Thank You, Sponsors!

Thank you, MACo's 2018 Summer Conference Sponsors! Each year we see our conference growing along with increased support from companies/organizations that value local government! These are the sponsors that participated in the MACo 2018 Summer Conference "Water, Water Everywhere!": Event & Food Sponsors:   Amazon Web Services (Governor's Cabinet Reception) Baltimore Metropolitan Council (Branded Stylus Pens) BGE (Commercial Exhibit Hall, Human Resources Affiliate Meeting) Bronze Corporate Partners (Welcoming Session – Event Sponsor) Chesapeake Utilities and Sandpiper Energy (Energy…

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Current & Future MS4 Permit Issues Discussed at 2018 Summer #MACoCon

The previous Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permitting process was controversial and spawned litigation from both county governments and environmental groups. The current MS4 permit round also poses challenges and 2018 MACo Summer Conference attendees received the state and county government perspectives on the issue. The panel "Surviving the Stormwater Surge: MS4 Permit Update" took place on August 17, 2018. The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is delegated authority to issue and enforce…

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Learn to Survive: Active Shooter Response Training at #MACoCon

At the 2018 MACo Summer Conference session “Active Shooter Response Training“ Deputy First Class Thomas Wehrle, Sniper Section Coordinator, Special Operations Division for the Harford County Sheriff’s Office gave attendees a crash course in how to prepare both mentally and physically to survive an active shooter situation before law enforcement arrives. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Deputy Wehrle shared up-to-date data and facts on active shooter situations and walked through how to handle…

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The Future of Smart Growth Discussed at 2018 Summer #MACoCon

Attendees to the 2018 MACo Summer Conference heard about the latest in Smart Growth and land use issues, including the new state development plan "A Better Maryland," at the "Smart Growth Next: How Do We Grow From Here?" panel on August 17, 2018. Maryland Special Secretary of Smart Growth Wendi Peters provided an update on "A Better Maryland." Representatives from the Department of Planning held listening sessions in every county in the state and the…

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Attendees Up Early For Chesapeake Bay Update at 2018 Summer #MACoCon

County officials packed the Performing Arts Center at the Ocean City Convention Center at 9:00 am to receive an update on the health and restoration progress of the Chesapeake Bay during the 2018 MACo Summer Conference. The "Clear Water: The State of the Bay" panel was held on August 17, 2018, and included perspectives State, federal, and environmental perspectives. Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles discussed the improving water quality of the Bay watershed…

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Taking Care of Substance Exposed Newborns at #MACoCon

Attendees of the 2018 MACo Summer Conference session "Handle with Care: Substance Exposed Newborns" received an update on recent changes in federal and state law concerning substance exposed newborns and learned about what some counties are doing to provide earlier intervention and better management of care for substance abusing mothers and their substance exposed newborns. Brandi Stocksdale, the Acting Deputy Executive Director for Programs in the state's Social Services Administration, set the stage by presenting on…

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