Interested in Speaking at 2020 Summer #MACoCon? Submit Your Proposal Early

Winter Conference has just ended and 2019 isn't even over yet, but MACo's already planning for our 2020 Summer Conference. Submit your speaking proposal today so you don't have to worry about the April 15 deadline. MACo's 2020 Summer Conference will be held on August 19-22 at the Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. The theme, "2020 Vision: Today's Roadmap, Tomorrow's Reality," will focus on the county vision for tomorrow and how to get there.…

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Mark Your Calendar for Summer #MACoCon – 2020 Vision: Today’s Roadmap, Tomorrow’s Reality

MACo’s 2020 Summer Conference will focus on the county vision for tomorrow. Our decisions now guide where Maryland's counties will be in the years ahead. What better time than 2020 to talk about our vision? At this Summer Conference, MACo and county leaders will explore strategic planning, evolving service delivery, advancing technologies, land use challenges, and fiscal obstacles – all of which constitute the fabric of local leadership. Mark your calendar and join us on…

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“A Miner Detail” With Guest Laura Price on Kirwan, Taxes, MACo, and Policy

In a far-reaching discussion, Talbot County Council Member Laura Price joins the Maryland policy-based podcast "A Miner Detail" for a big picture discussion on policy, school funding, and lots more. Talbot County Council Member, and MACo officer, Laura Price was the latest guest on the Maryland-focused podcast A Miner Detail. In their conversation, Council Member Price and host Ryan Miner talked at length about the Kirwan Commission and the current school funding formula workgroup, and…

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Does Recycling Plastic Still Make Sense? Today’s Recycling Crisis, Explained

The Vox Podcast Today, Explained focuses on recycling and incineration - and their relative merits after the recent huge shifts in the recycling marketplace. Maryland counties already know about the upheaval in the recycling enterprise - substantially triggered by new materials policies from China, and abetted by shifts in both technology and consumer behavior. A recent MACo conference featured a panel discussing exactly this: "Reduce, Reuse ... Now What?" Vox media's podcast Today, Explained took…

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See How It Went: 2019 Summer #MACoCon Photo Recap

MACo's 2019 Summer Conference – “Winds of Change” – on August 14-17 focused on the evolving nature of government service. This was MACo’s fourth record-breaking year in a row with final attendee registration totaling 1,365, exhibit booths coming in at 235, booth staff numbering well over 953, and 61 Tech Expo booths and 108 booth staff. Thanks to all who participated! The full conference schedule and program of events can be viewed online. Save the…

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Carroll Commissioners Recap 2019 MACo Summer Conference

The Carroll County Commissioners last week briefed constituents on their work at the 2019 MACo Summer Conference. Commissioner Stephen Wantz, Board President said, “MACo’s summer conference is an excellent opportunity to learn from attending sessions, interact with other Maryland counterparts and have extremely productive meetings with Maryland department secretaries and staff; it is one of the best events to get our initiatives accomplished.” According to The Baltimore Sun: “As Dennis (Frazier) says, being commissioner is…

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Counties, Tune Your Scanners to the Volunteer Fire Channel

Panelists at MACo's Summer Conference urged increased communication and partnership between state and county governments and volunteer fire departments. Participants in MACo's Summer Conference Session, Sound the Siren: Maryland's Volunteer Fire Service Needs Help all shared their interest and longtime support for Maryland's volunteer fire companies. Many also shared personal stories that made attendees realize the profound changes that have taken place over the past half-century throughout the US. Sam Goldwater, Strategic Planning Chief of…

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How Protests Birthed Grassroots Advocacy Organizations and Helped Propel Policy Change

At the 2019 MACo Summer Conference session, "From Protest to Policy," attendees learned about the framework, efforts, process, media coverage, that goes into forming and advancing grassroots advocacy movements to generate legislative change. Brian Griffiths, Editor-in-Chief, RedMaryland.com presented about the unique role Red Maryland plays as a media organization to influence policy change in Maryland. Using case studies Griffiths covered endorsements, political surveys and other activism tools they use as a media organization to put…

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Access to MAT: What Does it Mean for Maryland Counties?

With legislation recently passed by the Maryland General Assembly, providing inmates with access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for substance use disorders is a hot topic. HB 116, sponsored by Delegate Erek Barron, requires all county jails and the Baltimore City Detention Center to provide their inmates with access to the full range of MAT (e.g. buprenorphine, methadone, naltrexone) within the next few years. Weber went through the implementation of MAT, including the screen process for…

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