A Conversation with Senator Cardin at #MACoCon

MACo Conference attendees ask Maryland’s US Senator Ben Cardin questions about federal policy in a town hall forum. US Senator Ben Cardin answered questions on topics including the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), infrastructure, relief for small businesses, clean energy, redistricting, and more at MACo’s Town Hall Forum with US Senator Ben Cardin. Senator Cardin also emphasized the importance of cooperation between Maryland’s federal, state, and local government officials. Senator Cardin’s Town Hall has become…

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MACo’s Book Club Talks Through “Digital Body Language” at #MACoCon

MACo's Book Club - an informal gathering at each summer and winter conference - spotlighted "Digital Body Language" for a lively conversation during the Summer Conference. In recent years, MACo's summer and winter conferences have featured a different flavor of "breakout" sessions on the program - a chance for attendees to discuss a book of interest, selected by a hands-on group of regular attendees. The books are typically selected for their relevance to public sector…

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At MACoCon, Hogan Announced the State’s Route 90 Project and Discussed COVID-19 Response

At MACo's 2021 Summer Conference, Governor Hogan delivered the Closing Address in which he announced the State of Maryland's Route 90 Project and highlighted the State's commitment to COVID-19 response. Route 90 Announcement "In the coming weeks, state transportation officials will be rolling out a bold new consolidated transportation plan, which will include even more unprecedented infrastructure investments," said Governor Hogan. "In fact, while we are here in Ocean City, I am pleased to announce…

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#MACoCon Forum: American Rescue Plan Put to Action

From setting both short- and long-term priorities, to building infrastructure, to developing and sustaining projects, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) presents an unprecedented opportunity for Maryland’s 24 counties to strengthen their communities. As counties determine how to invest ARPA State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to foster a swift and equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, they must navigate complex requirements and reporting deadlines, as well as ensure that today's investments are sustainable in the…

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#MACoCon Recap: Dollars and Sense — Budgeting in a Post-COVID World

A panel of state and local fiscal leaders shared best practices for navigating an influx of federal recovery funds and tips for building resiliency for uncertain times ahead. From setting both short- and long-term priorities, to building infrastructure, to developing and sustaining projects, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) presents an unprecedented opportunity for Maryland's 24 counties to strengthen their communities. As counties determine how to invest ARPA State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to…

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Takeaways from MACoCon: Keeping Our Food Infrastructure Functioning in Times of Crisis

Establishing a system for keeping our food infrastructure functioning is one of the most critical functions of government. COVID posed several challenges and opportunities for farmers, paving the way to build resiliency into the system. This was the topic of a presentation at the recent MACo Summer Conference. This session was hosted by Delegate Lorig Charkoudian. At the beginning of the pandemic, many of our region’s food banks struggled to meet sudden high demand while…

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Follow These Steps to Receive Academy Credit for #MACoCon Courses

MACo’s Summer Conference offered more than 30 educational sessions. Several of them counted for credit in the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance. If you are an Academy Fellow and took any of these courses (County Financial Management; Consensus & Teambuilding; Strengthening Security: Protecting Your Network from Cyber Attacks; Reaching Troubled Kids, 2 Generations at a Time; Building a Vertical Vision in Times of Crisis: Leveraging Federal and State Emergency Resources; The Why Behind DEI:…

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County Leaders Discuss the Importance of Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion as Employers and Service Providers

Diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) are increasingly important concepts. County policymakers dove into the concept and how to better incorporate DEI into county practices as employers and service providers. At the 2021 MACo Summer Conference session, "The Why Behind DEI: The Power of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace," attendees discussed the importance of policy informed by diverse voices and experiences and shared best practices for incorporating them into county decision making. The session was…

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County Leaders Discuss Implementation of A Slate of Police Reform Bills

At the 2021 MACo Summer Conference session, "Police Reforms: Putting Policies into Practice," county leaders had a candid discussion about the future of police reform in Maryland and what it means for county government. The session was moderated by Will Smith, Chair of the Senate Judicial Procedures Committee, and featured an array of important voices on the topic including: Senator Jill Carter of District 41; Albert Liebno, Executive Director of the Maryland Department of Public…

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