Think Warm Thoughts – 2019 #MACoCon Registration is OPEN!

MACo's 2019 Summer Conference, "Winds of Change," will be held on August 14-17 in Ocean City, MD. Registration is now open! “Winds of Change” will focus on the changes being seen at every level of government and constituent services and how counties are harnessing that momentum for the good of all Marylanders. From the digital revolution of service delivery and communication to the always evolving threats to public safety, county governments need to be on…

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Apply Today to Speak at Summer #MACoCon: “Winds of Change”

MACo's 2019 Summer Conference will focus on how government is constantly evolving and what that means for our counties. "Winds of Change" will focus on the changes being seen at every level of government and constituent services and how counties are harnessing that momentum for the good of all Marylanders. From the digital revolution of service delivery and communication to the always evolving threats to public safety, county governments need to be on the cutting…

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2019 Summer #MACoCon Will Blow You Away: “Winds of Change” Explores What’s New and What’s Now in MD Govt

MACo's 2019 Summer Conference will focus on how government is constantly evolving and what that means for our counties. "Winds of Change" will focus on the changes being seen at every level of government and constituent services and how counties are harnessing that momentum for the good of all Marylanders. From the digital revolution of service delivery and communication to the always evolving threats to public safety, county governments need to be on the cutting…

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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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