Totes! Totes! Totes! #MACoCon

WGL Energy Services 2015WGL Energy Services is providing MACo Summer Conference attendees with tote bags to carry all of their presentation materials and giveaways from the exhibit hall!

WGL Energy is also greening MACo’s Summer Conference to reduce our carbon footprint. Thank you, WGL Energy for their continued support!

WGL Energy is a leader in efficient and environmentally-friendly energy technology solutions to residential, government, commercial and industrial customers. They deliver a full spectrum of energy solutions, including electricity, natural gas, renewable energy, carbon reduction, distributed generation and energy efficiency provided by WGL Energy Services, Inc.

Thank you WGL Energy Services for supporting the Summer Conference!

For more information about WGL visit them at booth 700 and 701 on Thursday and Friday.

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#MACoCon Tech Expo Brought to You by Leaders in the Field

The MACo Summer Conference is featuring a Tech Expo on Wednesday, Aug. 16. The expo, running from 11am to 4pm, is sponsored by Multivista, Tomi Environmental Solutions, and We Work for Health – Maryland.

These leaders in the field are bringing up-and-coming technology demonstrations and information to the summer conference attendees!

Multivista is the world’s leading construction photography and visual documentation service. We offer customized photo, video and webcam solutions for projects of every size and complexity, with easy-to-use online software to put it all at your fingertips.

TOMI Environmental Solutions, Inc. is a global bacteria disinfection/decontamination and infectious disease control company, providing environmental solutions for air and surface disinfection/decontamination through manufacturing sales, and licensing of our EPA registered products, SteraMist Binary Ionization Technology (R).

We Work For Health – Maryland is an effort to promote the significant social and economic value of the biopharmaceutical and life sciences sectors in our state. Our partnership includes biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, as well as state and local chambers of commerce, academic and research institutions, labor, patient advocate groups, physicians and healthcare providers. Together, our mission is to drive innovation, research and development to new cures.

For more information visit these companies at the Tech Expo:

Multivista- Booth 27

TOMI Environmental Solutions, Inc. – Booth 35

We Work For Health – Booth 33

Thank you Multivista, Tomi Environmental Solutions, and We Work for Health for supporting the Tech Expo this year at our Summer Conference!

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1 Way to Get the Most Out of #MACoCon


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MACo’s Mobile App, sponsored by Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company, offers the absolute best digital experience for MACo’s Summer Conference.

To download the app, go to on your smartphone or tablet. Enter your username and password and then you’re ready to go! (If you haven’t yet received your invitation email, please check your Clutter or Junk folders for an email from “Mobile MACo”)

If you downloaded last year’s app, there’s no need to re-download! Just log out and select the 2017 Summer Conference.

(Contact if you need help logging in)

Watch this short 3-minute video to learn more about how to use the app!

Features of the new Mobile MACo App include:

  • Activity Feed to share your conference experiences with other attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors – this is the first screen the app opens onto, so you’re always in the loop!
  • Full menu functions to search through – tap the Menu icon in the top left corner of the screen to access all of the features of the app
  • Agenda of all Conference Events – select which sessions you plan to attend, then export them to your device calendar!
  • Lists of Attendees, Exhibitors, Sponsors, & Speakers – see who’s going to be at MACo’s Summer Conference!
  • Map – find your way around the Convention Center and the Exhibit Halls using our maps

THANK YOU to Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company for sponsoring the mobile app!

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Do you hear that? Then thank the MHLA

logoMACo’s Summer Conference will be equipped with an audio and visual system thanks to the Maryland Hotel and Lodging Association!

The quality of all our sessions and speaking events couldn’t have been made possible without the equipment provided by the Maryland Hotel and Lodging Association.

The Maryland Hotel Lodging Association (MHLA) is the statewide membership organization for hotels and their vendors/partners. The more than 700 hotels (74,000 rooms) in Maryland directly employ 26,000 people and have a direct impact on more than 52,000 jobs. We support $2.3 billion of federal, state and local taxes and in 2015 guests spent $5.4 billion at our hotels, local businesses, and on transportation.

For more information about the Maryland Hotel and Lodging Association visit its website:

Thank you Maryland Hotel and Lodging Association for supporting the registration this year at our Summer Conference!

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DHCD Welcomes You to MACo’s Summer Conference! #MACoCon

DHCD_Logo_600dpiMACo would like to thank the Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) for sponsoring the 2017 MACo Summer Conference registration, beginning Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7:30 am and Saturday at 8:00 am.

Our smiling faces are brought to you by the Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development this year! Everyone attending the conference will need to visit registration to obtain their meal tickets, session prize tickets, and more!

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is committed to promoting and preserving home ownership and affordable rental housing and improving Maryland’s communities.

Please visit DHCD’s exhibit booth (#120 & 121) at Summer Conference or on the web at

Thank you Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development for supporting the registration this year at our Summer Conference!

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3 Questions for 4 Players in Maryland’s Biotech Industry

MACo’s Tech Expo gathers leaders in the biotech industry to share their insight into how Maryland – already a biotech powerhouse – can build on its success and continue to grow the industry statewide.

Maryland counties have a big stake in a potential boom of the biotechnology industry – if Maryland can continue to reel it in.  In BIOTECH BAIT: Can Maryland Net a Boom in Biotechnology?, Tom Sadowski Vice Chancellor for Economic Development, University System of Maryland will ask three questions for his expert panel:

  1. What are the top three gotta-haves in making Maryland a bigger player in biotech industry?
  2. What obstacles stand in the way of growing the biotech industry in Maryland? (Laws? Regulations? Economics? Employment?)
  3. What does your organization bring the the table for the growth of Maryland’s biotech industry?

Panelists include: Julie Garner, Senior Director, Government Affairs, AstraZeneca; Henry Bernstein, Senior Vice President, Scheer Partners; Brian Gaines, CEO, MDBio Foundation; and Chris Frew, Executive Director, BioBuzz.


To hear more, join the buzz at the Tech Expo, Wednesday, August 16, 2017; 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm at the Ocean City Convention Center. One-day registration for the Expo is available: 

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Greater College Park P3: Greater Than Sum Of Its Parts

One could consider Maryland a breeding ground for public private partnerships, or P3s. County P3s abound from economic development projects and broadband deployment to stormwater management and green infrastructure investment.

Just look at what Prince George’s County, the City of College Park, the State of Maryland, University of Maryland, and private developers have underway in Greater College Park: over 30 projects and $2 billion in public and private investment, including a hotel, four new academic buildings, and a public-private research hub. By capitalizing on public investment in education and research and private sector innovation, the Discovery District has become greater than the sum of its parts.

Check out this video:

Find out how this impressive partnership came to fruition from Margave Strategies CEO, former Howard County Executive and MACo Past President Ken Ulman at the MACo Summer Conference session, Perfecting the Potential of Public Private Partnerships.

MACo’s Summer Conference is August 16-19, 2017 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City Maryland.

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To Boost Veterans’ Health Services President Touts Technology

The Trump Administration has announced new technology based initiatives to improve access to and delivery of veterans’ health services. The initiatives are expected to expand access to services in rural areas, and access to mental health and suicide prevention services across the board.

The AP reports:

Initiatives include using video technology and diagnostic tools to conduct medical exams. Veterans also will be able to use mobile devices to make and manage appointments with Veterans Administration doctors.

“We call it ‘anywhere to anywhere’ VA health care,” VA Secretary David Shulkin said. Shulkin said the goal is better health care for veterans wherever they are. He said existing “telehealth” programs provided care to more than 700,000 veterans last year.

The article notes that the initiatives await regulations in order to be launched.

Read the AP article to learn more.

Learn about how counties are working to provide innovative services and support to veterans at the 2017 MACo Summer Conference session “Serving Those Who Served Our Country” on Friday, August 18, from 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm.

The MACo summer conference is August 16-19, 2017 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City Maryland. This year’s theme is “You’re Hired!”.

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Hogan Hosting Second Conowingo Dam Summit

A Bay Journal article (2017-08-08) discussed Maryland Governor Lawrence “Larry” Hogan’s second Conowingo Dam summit, which is set to convene on August 8 in Darlington, MD. According to the article, the summit is by invitation only and will be closed to the press, although Hogan plans to hold a press conference after the conclusion of the summit. From the article:

Local officials from rural Maryland counties have complained that they’re being forced to go along with other pollution reduction measures, such as a clampdown on septic-based development, that are far less effective in comparison to the impact that might come from dealing with the buildup behind the dam.  Those complaints have resonated with Hogan….

Hogan, however, has maintained that the dam is a neglected source of the Bay’s water quality woes. And in his newly assumed position as chairman of the Bay Program’s Executive Council, he has leverage to highlight the issue. He has indicated that he holds Exelon Corp., owner of the hydroelectric dam, the federal government and the upriver states of Pennsylvania and New York responsible for the continuing flow of sediment and nutrients down the river.

The article reiterated that after Hogan’s first Conowingo summit last year, the State issued a request for information seeking solutions to the pollution caused by Dam and received at least 11 responses. The article also noted that representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection would be attending the summit.

Useful Links

Prior Conduit Street Coverage of the Conowingo Dam

Chesapeake Executive Council Webpage

Discover how the Conowingo Dam will factor into the upcoming Phase III Watershed Implementation Plans and the potential responsibilities on Maryland’s counties at the What Will We See in Phase III? A Bay TMDL Update discussion at the 2017 MACo Summer Conference.

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Anne Arundel Conducts In-Service Dementia Awareness Training

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities and the Anne Arundel County Police Department announced the successful conclusion of the 2017 in-service dementia awareness training of 691 members of the force. This collaboration was recognized at an event at the Department of Aging and Disabilities. During the event, training staff members were presented police citations in recognition of their hard work and dedication.

According to a press release,

Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops the disease. There are currently more than 5 million Americans living with the disease. By 2050, this could increase to more than 16 million.

The Department of Aging and Disabilities provided the training Communicating Through Behaviors with the Virtual Dementia Tour to the Anne Arundel County Police Department. This is a scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of patented sensory tools and instruction. This is an up-close, hands-on experience that provides critical insight to those caring for dementia. This tour is an eye-opening experience that proves how difficult the disease can be for the patients and caregivers alike.

“This is yet another example of how our county agencies are collaborating toimprove service to the public while enhancing public safety,” said County Executive Steve Schuh.

Director of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities, Pamela Jordan, stated, “It is so important that we support our first responders to give them the tools they need to understand this disease. The likelihood that first responders will encounter this in field is very high.”

For information call the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities at 410-222-4257 or go online to TTY users, please call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1. All materials are available in an alternative format upon request.

Learn how counties are collaborating with stakeholders to provide citizens with resources to assess, treat, and manage cognitive impairment at the 2017 MACo Summer Conference session “Smoothing the Rough Road: Addressing Dementia Challenges” on Friday, August 18, from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm.

The MACo summer conference is August 16-19, 2017 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City Maryland. This year’s theme is “You’re Hired!”.

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