Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay to Host American Rescue Plan Webinar: Opportunities to Fund Water Infrastructure Priorities

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, along with MACo, is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, September 14 on possible ways to use ARP funding for water Infrastructure. Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am Register for the Webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_v5NU8YZkR3ybCIhk0HrkGg Event Details: The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) established the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds: an allocation of $65.1 billion for local government use to respond to acute pandemic response needs,…

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Greater Baltimore Committee Highlights MACo’s Michael Sanderson

As a guest on the Greater Baltimore Committee's "5 Questions" series, Michael Sanderson lays out county successes and priorities for the session and year ahead. The Greater Baltimore Committee serves as the Baltimore region’s premier organization of business and civic leaders – has been a leading voice for the business community on issues relating to economic growth, job creation, workforce development, transportation and quality of life. Their "5 Questions" series spotlights area policy and political…

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Allegany County Transit to Hold Safety Training

Allegany County Transit (ACT) employees will participate in an In-Service Training Day on Thursday, August 12, 2021. Therefore, public transportation services will not be offered by Allegany County Transit. Fixed route bus service, para-transit (Alltrans) service, and JARC (Job Access Reverse Commute)-Get to Work will not operate. This is part of Allegany County Transit's bi-annual, pro-active review of its Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness Plan. All ACT vehicle operators, mechanics, and staff participate in an…

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Infrastructure: Virtual Event with President Biden, Wednesday 3pm

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Event with President Biden Wednesday, August 11 3:00-4:00PM ET County officials are invited to join a virtual event with President Biden on the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on Wednesday, August 11 at 3:00PM ET. The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes around $550 billion in new federal investment in America’s roads and bridges, transit, water infrastructure, resilience, broadband, and more. With the US Senate having just advanced…

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Counties Encouraged to Participate in National #StopOnRed2021 Week to Promote Road Safety

Created by the Federal Highway Administration, National Stop on Red Week aims to educate drivers about the dangers of red-light running and to reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes. This year the observance runs from August 1 to August 7. Red-light running causes countless injuries and fatalities every year, with a large number of those deaths being innocent pedestrians, cyclists and passengers in vehicles hit by the red-light runner. National Stop on Red…

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This Thursday: NACo Update on Federal Infrastructure Proposals

This, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer released the final text of bipartisan infrastructure legislation, the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act (IIJA), which includes $550 billion in new investments and a reauthorization of the surface transportation program. The IIJA includes investments in all modes of transportation, water, power and energy, broadband, and resilience. Join NACo to learn more about the bill, one of two major infrastructure tracks currently being pursued by Congress and the Administration.…

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Counties Welcome Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

The National Association of Counties (NACo) welcomes the introduction of bipartisan legislation to address infrastructure needs across America. The agreement includes critical funding for roads and bridges, water and stormwater infrastructure, and broadband projects. According to NACo Executive Director Matt Chase: Counties applaud lawmakers for their leadership and commitment to reaching bipartisan consensus to invest in our nation’s infrastructure and help to rebuild our economy. We appreciate our Senate champions who developed comprehensive legislation that…

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Montgomery Council Moves to Accelerate 5G Rollout

Wireless connectivity remains an important and growing part of the telecommunications infrastructure, and for relatively densely-built areas (mostly downtown areas, but also along major roadways) the advance of fifth-generation (commonly referred to as “5G”) service promises even faster speeds and higher service capacity. This week, Montgomery County Council adopted a zoning text amendment to streamline the deployment of 5G wireless infrastructure via wireless small cell antennas on utility and light poles. The technology promises to…

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Transportation Planning Board Reverses Decision re: Toll Lanes on Beltway, I-270

Governor Hogan's signature transportation project got a boost last week when the Transportation Planning Board voted to widen part of the Capital Beltway and I-270 to include toll lanes. The vote reflected new support from Montgomery County leaders after the Governor agreed to include state funding for bus lanes as part of the expansion. This agreement helped alleviate some leaders' environmental concerns related to the project. The Board had previously voted against the proposal in…

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