Government Employment. . . It Gives You Wings

New guidance from a publication in Governing suggests that employers who foster growth of their employees will have more success in recruitment and retention. It is not easy to find the right employee. And for county governments employers constrained by set salary, grade, and benefit structures, the task can be even more daunting. One way to improve outcomes is to gain insight into the perspectives and priorities of different generations of applicants - from millennials…

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Beneath the Surface – How GPR Can Help Analyze Your Infrastructure

Maryland Environmental Service will host a session on the ground penetrating radar and how it can positively impact county budgets at MACo’s Summer Conference as part of MACo’s Solutions Showcase. MACo’s 2019 Summer Conference, “Winds of Change,” will take place on August 14-17 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Nearly 3,000 individuals from across Maryland will gather to discuss advancements and changes being seen at all levels of government, from cybersecurity…

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EPA Finds Maryland Phase III WIP Will Meet Bay TMDL Goals But Pennsylvania & New York WIPs Miss Their Targets

A Bay Journal article (2019-07-09) reported that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has concluded that Maryland's proposed Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) will meet its 2025 water pollution reduction goals under the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) but lacks important implementation details. EPA also found that the draft WIPs for Pennsylvania and New York fail to their Bay TMDL goals, meaning the entire region will miss its reduction targets. Two Bay watershed…

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Court of Appeals Holds Solar Siting Decisions Are Made by the State, Not by Local Zoning

The Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled that local land use is impliedly preempted by the state over the siting of large solar facilities. The Court's decision in Board of County Commissioners of Washington County, Maryland v. Perennial Solar, LLC, means that the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) has the final say on the location of solar projects that require a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) from the PSC. The CPCN requirement applies…

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Queen Anne’s Considers Ban on Balloon Releases

A Route Fifty article (2019-07-16) reported that the Queen Anne's County Board of County Commissioners is considering legislation that would prohibit the intentional release of balloons that are not biodegradable or photodegradable. Traditional latex and mylar balloons and their tie ribbons do not break down in the environment and have been causing problems for both farmers and watermen. From proposed County Ordinance 19-13: It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to knowingly and intentionally release,…

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New From the U.S. Census: Business Formation Statistics

The Census Bureau released the Business Formation Statistics(BFS), a new data product that tracks trends in business applications and formations at the state, regional, and national levels. According to a press release: The BFS consists of four business application series and eight business formation series. It’s unique because it relies on administrative data from the IRS, specifically the data on applications for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) via IRS Form SS-4, to determine the number of…

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4 Rs for #MACoCon Participants

MACo's Summer Conference, "Winds of Change," is coming up on August 14-17, 2019. Here are 4 Rs you need to help you get prepared... 1. Renew your view of Maryland – County Exhibits are UPSTAIRS in Bayfront Hall Be sure to visit our county exhibitors in the Bayfront Hall on the second floor of the Convention Center. Continental breakfast for attendees (sponsored by WSSC) and the Taste of Maryland Reception (sponsored by MidAtlantic Farm Credit)…

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From the Mountains to the Shore – MACo’s Taste of Maryland Reception Has It All!

Attend MACo’s Taste of Maryland Reception to sample everything Maryland has to offer! MACo's Taste of Maryland Reception at the upcoming Summer Conference is a highly anticipated feature of the Summer Conference. We are striving to showcase everything Maryland has to offer—food and beverages from the shore to the mountains and everything in between—all produced in Maryland. Hundreds of conference participants will attend this session to sample locally produced food and beverages and learn more about…

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Maglev & Maryland: Innovation, Opportunity, and Green Transportation

The Northeast Maglev will host a session on the innovation and opportunities the superconducting maglev project will bring to Maryland at MACo’s Summer Conference as part of MACo’s Solutions Showcase. MACo’s 2019 Summer Conference, “Winds of Change,” will take place on August 14-17 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Nearly 3,000 individuals from across Maryland will gather to discuss advancements and changes being seen at all levels of government, from cybersecurity…

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#MACoCon Academy Electives to Focus on NG911, 5G, Veterans, Foster Care, Firefighters, AND MORE!

County Fellows of the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance are required to complete 8 Core Courses and 6 Elective Credits – MACo announces 11 Electives to be held at 2019 Summer Conference. Core Courses to be offered: Conducting Effective Meetings, Public Information Act Academy Fellows with questions about their transcripts should contact registrar Aisha Washington at awashin1@umd.edu or (301) 314-2641. New Look 9-1-1 – Everything Will Change…Except the Numbers Description: Maryland’s legislators heard the call…

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