Preparing for the Next Public Health Threat at #MACoCon

MACo’s Summer Conference is coming up August 18-21, 2021, and is completely IN-PERSON at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Join us for insightful and beneficial sessions focusing on local government challenges and priorities. COVID-19 is a once in a lifetime event – we hope. But in an increasingly connected, global world, the threat of another pandemic or other public health crisis is very real. It is important that county governments not let…

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CareFirst To Present Solutions Showcase: Lifting Communities Out of a Pandemic, Lessons Learned at #MACoCon

Join us to hear from CareFirst about what your county can do to improve readiness for future pandemic threats. In its 79th year of service, CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health care company which, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to 3.4 million individuals and groups in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. In…

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Traffic in Maryland Now Exceeding Pre-Pandemic Levels

New data from the Maryland Department of Transportation indicates that traffic on Maryland highways and roads now exceeds pre-pandemic levels in many areas. “Holiday travel during the Fourth of July Weekend exceeding 2019 levels is an important milestone signaling our state’s strong recovery from the pandemic,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Traffic volumes are exceeding pre-pandemic levels across the state, including at the American Legion Bridge, making the need for our Traffic Relief Plan more urgent…

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Conduit Street Podcast Presents: Free State Politics

MACo and the Conduit Street Podcast are proud to present an installment from "Free State Politics," a podcast presented by MarylandReporter.com. In this episode, veteran award-winning journalist John Rydell talks with MACo Executive Michael Sanderson and Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman about the upcoming MACo Summer Conference, which will be held August 18-21, 2021, in Ocean City, Maryland. From the Free State Politics Podcast: After a scaled-back virtual event last year, the Maryland Association of…

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Staffing Up Your Corrections Capacity

MACo’s Summer Conference is coming up August 18-21, 2021, and is completely IN-PERSON at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Join us for insightful and beneficial sessions focusing on local government challenges and priorities. The world of corrections has become increasingly complex as jails tackle increased behavioral health needs, new programs to reduce recidivism, and navigate the challenges of COVID-19 while keeping officers and inmates safe. Doing this work is demanding and requires…

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MACo Welcomes Standard Solar as New Corporate Partner!

Standard Solar, a Summer Conference sponsor, has joined MACo’s Corporate Partner Program as a Bronze Partner! Standard Solar is powering the nation’s energy transformation – channeling its project development capabilities, financial strength, and technical expertise to deliver the benefits of solar, as well as solar + storage, to businesses, institutions, firms, governments, communities, and utilities. Building on 17 years of sustainable growth and in-house and tax equity investment capital, Standard Solar is a national leader…

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Feds Announce $3 Billion Economic Development Initiative

US Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) will implement a series of programs, collectively called Investing in America’s Communities. This historic investment, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, will support bottom-up, middle-out economic development focused on advancing equity, creating good-paying jobs, helping workers to develop in-demand skills, building economic resilience, and accelerating the economic recovery for the industries and communities hit hardest…

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LGIT To Present Solutions Showcase: Health Insurance Experts for Local Government at #MACoCon

Join us to hear from LGIT on how your county and organization might be able to streamline, save money, and achieve your goals! A non-profit Trust created, owned and governed by Maryland local governments and endorsed by MACo, LGIT provides various liability and property insurance and health benefits coverages. The Local Government Insurance Trust will provide coverage and risk management services at stable and competitive rates through an organization that is owned and managed by its…

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Howard County Executive Ball Introduces Emergency Legislation to Maintain Outdoor Dining
County Executive Ball at the July 21, 2021 press conference announcing the emergency legislation to maintain outdoor dining. Image courtesy of Howard County Government.
Howard County Executive Ball Introduces Emergency Legislation to Maintain Outdoor Dining

Yesterday Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced the introduction of emergency legislation to extend outdoor dining until November 15, 2021, for restaurants and bars that added or expanded that service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many counties, Howard issued temporary permits that allowed bars and restaurants to create or expand their outdoor seating while indoor dining capacity limits were in place. More than 60 restaurants in applied for the permits. However, in Howard County the…

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Qualtrics Launches Experience Design Hybrid Work and Workplaces Solutions

Qualtrics launches experience design hybrid work and workplaces solutions to help companies thrive in the "new world" of work. Qualtrics is the world’s most trusted research software. As technology scales from people and companies to communities and governments, Qualtrics will begin to close gaps in ways they never dreamed possible. Not only will their technology power the world’s greatest companies, but by understanding human emotions, beliefs, sentiments and values, they will close some of the…

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