Putting FirstNet to the Test for Remote 9-1-1 Operations at #MACoCon
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Putting FirstNet to the Test for Remote 9-1-1 Operations at #MACoCon

Six counties from across Maryland staged a 9-1-1 expo with live call-taking from a remote and crowded location using FirstNet. The expo was conducted at the Maryland Association of Counties’ winter conference. By John Hunt, Senior Public Safety Advisor and 9-1-1/Emergency Communications Expert, First Responder Network Authority and Lori Stone, Senior Public Safety Advisor, First Responder Network Authority If the 9-1-1 community learned anything from the pandemic, it’s the need to plan for alternate ways…

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See How It Went – 2021 Winter #MACoCon Photo Recap

MACo's 2021 Winter Conference, "Time to Reboot: Tomorrow's Tech Today," on Dec 8-10 in Cambridge, MD, was a resounding success! Hundreds of leaders in the public and private sector gathered to collaborate and share challenges and solutions around the evolution of tech in government service in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. See how it went and plan to join us at our upcoming conferences: Summer Conference: August 17-20, 2022, Ocean City, MDWinter Conference, January…

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Follow These Steps to Receive Academy Credit for #MACoCon Courses

MACo’s Winter Conference offered many 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 (Not Your Grandfather’s Farm: Tapping Into Agritourism, Health Behind Bars, Subscribed: Budgeting for the Digital Age, New Tech for Parks & Rec: Rebooting Public Spaces, Cannabis Policy Reform: Getting into the Weeds, Employment Issues, Open Meetings), follow these steps to complete your…

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Lights, Camera, Action: Talking Bodycams at Winter #MACoCon

During the 2021 MACo Winter Conference, a panel of policing experts discussed a major policy shift requiring body worn cameras on all law enforcement officers throughout Maryland. Under recently a recently adopted state law, counties and their law enforcement partners will be responsible for both procuring the equipment needed and implementing required policies for this new reality. Storage, redaction, and distribution of the resulting footage will also challenge local resources and require smart planning. Panelists discussed overcoming the…

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Righting a Wrong: Discussing the Opioid Settlement at Winter #MACoCon

At this year's Winter MACo Conference, the Attorney General was joined by several local government representatives to discuss Maryland's settlement with Johnson and Johnson and three major distributors of opioid medication.  The settlement has raised the incredibly important question of "How do we best help the victims of opioid overdose and overdose death, and prevent future victims?" With settlement funds on the way, panelists presented state and local perspectives on this matter, and the most equitable way…

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Experts Discuss Ransomware, Risk, and Recovery at #MACoCon
Rob O'Connor, Chief Information Officer, Baltimore County
Experts Discuss Ransomware, Risk, and Recovery at #MACoCon

A panel of state and local cybersecurity experts explained why updating outdated technology platforms is vital for reducing cybersecurity risks, enhancing service delivery, and boosting government transparency and accountability. Legacy systems — outdated digital software or hardware — may meet the needs they were initially implemented for but cannot adapt or grow with new requirements and needs. As such, legacy systems are generally unable to interact with any newer systems or implement necessary cybersecurity measures…

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Staying Home: an ERAP Conversation at Winter #MACoCon

At the 2021 Winter MACo Conference, Maryland's Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) took center stage, with multiple housing experts providing their thoughts. Employment instability caused by the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in many Marylanders falling behind on rent. The State's Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) was thought to be the perfect tool to prevent evictions, but many renters and landlords encountered delays in eligibility determinations and payments. Local housing and human services officials discussed their difficulties with, and lessons learned from,…

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Learning About Health Behind Bars at Winter #MACoCon

During this year's Winter MACo Conference, corrections and public health experts joined together to discuss health care delivery in local detention centers. Inmate populations are especially at risk for substance use and mental health disorders in addition to all kinds of physical ailments. Panelists during "Health Behind Bars" discussed how care is provided and a host of impending issues facing our jails including nursing shortages, opioid legislation implementation, and limited funding. Speakers:  Mary Ann Thompson, Vice…

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Extra, Extra #ReadAllAboutIt: A Social Media Roundtable at Winter #MACoCon

At this year's Winter MACo Conference, communications experts from across the state weighed in on how to effectively use social media in the COVID-era and beyond. Whether our local governments were sharing testing site locations, how many vaccinations have been administered, or whether trash pick up has been affected, social media has played a key role in reaching residents - perhaps even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists during the "Extra, Extra #ReadAllAbout" session…

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