MACo Human Resources Affiliate Chooses New Leadership

At the MACo Summer Conference 2022 meeting of the Human Resources Affiliate, members elected new leadership and celebrated the upcoming retirement of Carroll County Human Resources Director Kim Frock. At the 2022 MACo Summer Conference, the Maryland Association of Human Resources Officers, also known as the MACo Human Resources (HR) Affiliate, met over an informative luncheon to conduct organizational business, including electing a new slate of affiliate leadership. The Maryland Association of Human Resources Officers…

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See How It Went – 2022 Summer #MACoCon Photo Recap

MACo’s 2022 Summer Conference, “Taking Care of Business,” on Aug 17-20 in Ocean City, MD, was a resounding success! Thousands of leaders in the public and private sector gathered to explore resources available for recovering and struggling businesses, creative ways to achieve common goals, and partnerships available to take our communities from “surviving” to “thriving.” See how it went, and plan to join us at our upcoming conferences: Winter Conference, January 4-6, 2023, Cambridge, MD…

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Statewide Candidates Talk Infrastructure, Public Safety, Economy, and More at #MACoCon Forum

With primary elections in the books, candidates for governor, attorney general, and comptroller addressed the MACo Summer Conference in a forum on issues of importance for county governments. Mileah Kromer, director of the Sarah T. Hughes Center for Politics Director at Goucher College, and Pamela Wood, politics and government reporter at The Baltimore Banner, moderated the forum. Democratic nominee for comptroller, Delegate Brooke Lierman, the Republican nominee for comptroller, Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, Democratic…

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Success Stories in Revitalizing Public Spaces at #MACoCon

Practical, lasting redevelopment solutions for unused public spaces are made possible through persistence and partnership. When it comes to using old spaces to solve new problems, this panel of experts has been there, done that. In this session, Empowering Communities: Breathing New Life Into Old Spaces, participants learned from an esteemed group of presenters about effective ways to rethink community revitalization projects. "Setting the stage for revitalization efforts depends on the building blocks in place,"…

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Preventing Burnout at #MACoCon

During the 2022 MACo Summer Conference, experts from across Maryland discussed how to address worker burnout amongst county employees. The “Great Resignation” has seen workforce numbers dip across all sectors, including those government workers most responsible for protecting the public from COVID-19. From mental health first aid to providing self-care opportunities in the office, counties have employed numerous strategies to avoid burnout and attrition amongst their most overworked staff. Presenters advised county officials on how…

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Local Health Departments Partner Up at #MACoCon

During the 2022 MACo Summer Conference, officials from County Health Departments joined with their community partners to discuss their joint efforts to promote public health. The COVID-19 pandemic forced county actors, especially local health departments, to think creatively and cultivate unlikely partnerships with nonprofits and businesses, alike. Moreover, the lessons and relationships gained from this public health crisis did not go to waste as county governments have continued to tackle epidemics like opioid use. During…

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Building Equitable Infrastructure: A Luncheon Conversation at #MACoCon

The Maryland County Officials Diversity Caucus (Diversity Caucus) and Women of MACo jointly hosted a luncheon at MACo's Summer Conference featuring a much-needed discussion regarding equity and public infrastructure. The Diversity Caucus and Women of MACo are chaired by Commissioner President Craig Mathies, Sr., and Council President MC Keegan-Ayer, respectively. In addition, two speakers joined the luncheon: Delegate Robbyn Lewis and Thomas D. Peterson, President of the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS). Each speaker highlighted inequities resulting…

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Freedom Accounting at #MACoCon: The Bottomline on “First Amendment Audits”

During the 2022 MACo Summer Conference, two expert attorneys provided best practices when faced with First Amendment audits. Governments at every level are experiencing increasing episodes of individuals and organizations entering public facilities requesting immediate, unfettered access to public documents. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution offers great latitude to conduct oneself in this manner, but it does have its limits. Speakers at the "Freedom Accountants: The Bottomline on 'First Amendment Audits'" evaluated these limits…

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Pandemic Partnerships: Rebuilding Small Businesses at #MACoCon

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, small businesses suffered immensely through reduced consumer demand or intense emergency-related regulatory requirements. Counties took the lead in mitigating these impacts, some through rapidly designing, funding, and implementing or augmenting small business grant and incentive programs. At the MACo Summer Conference, a panel of county leaders shared best practices for offering and managing small business incentives and helping small businesses explore new opportunities while building resilience to navigate future shocks. Delegate Jeff Ghrist…

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MD THINK: Discussing the Future of Healthcare Technology at Summer #MACoCon

At this year's MACo Summer Conference, officials from the Maryland Department of Human Services provided an in-depth view into MD THINK, a cloud-based utility revolutionizing service delivery across the state. A renewed and intensified focus on public health has forced state and local governments to rethink how they deliver critical, often life-saving services to their communities. The State of Maryland has invested in a streamlined approach to health and human services delivery through the Maryland Total Human Services…

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