“What Is Emergency Management?”…and Other Mysteries Revealed

You might see them take command during your county’s worst winter storm of the season, but do you know the full story? At MACo’s Winter Conference, join the State’s lead emergency manager and the President of MACo’s emergency management affiliate group for insight into the varied and vital work of local emergency managers.

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What’s the message? Doug Brown, Carroll County Emergency Manager, will be speaking about the emergency management profession with attendees of MACo’s Winter Conference.

“What Is Emergency Management?”…and Other Mysteries Revealed

All disasters are local. When disaster strikes, county officials must provide leadership to save lives, mobilize a response, and ensure a quick recovery for their community. Emergency management is a year-round process, a constant loop of preparation, training, testing, and revision that strengthens the resiliency of all county government functions. It ensures the continuity of government in the face of an innumerable number of disasters. In this session, get insight into creating partnerships and programs that will stand up when your county is ‘under water’ ─ and gain an understanding of the policy, fiscal, and tactical underpinnings of professional emergency management and disaster recovery.

Speakers

  • Russell J. Strickland, Executive Director, Maryland Emergency Management Agency
  • Douglas Brown, Emergency Manager, Carroll County and President, Maryland Association of County Emergency Managers

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 6, 2017; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

The MACo Winter Conference will be held December 6-8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland. This year the conference’s theme is “The Power of Partnership.”

Learn more about MACo’s 2017 Winter Conference:

County Leaders to Focus on School Funding at #MACoCon Roundtable Discussions

The next round of school funding debates is “on the table” for a roundtable discussion at this year’s annual MACo Winter Conference. Attend this session to hear updates and provide input on potential recommendations being considered by the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education.

The Next Round of School Funding Debates

Description: Join MACo’s representatives from the Commission on Innovation and Excellence Education to hear an update on the latest round of school funding debates in Maryland. The Commission, charged with reviewing and assessing current education financing formulas and accountability measures, is set to make its final recommendations later this month. This roundtable discussion will provide elected officials with insight into any potential recommendations, which are likely to affect all of Maryland’s twenty-four jurisdictions.

Speakers:

  • The Honorable Craig Rice, County Council Member, Montgomery County
  • The Honorable William Valentine, County Commissioner, Allegany County

Moderator: Michael Sanderson, Executive Director, Maryland Association of Counties

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 6, 2017; Noon – 1:00 pm

The MACo Winter Conference will be held December 6-8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland. This year the conference’s theme is “The Power of Partnership.”

Learn more about MACo’s 2017 Winter Conference:

Volunteer Fire & Rescue Services: A Collaborative Approach At #MACoCon

All of Maryland’s twenty-four jurisdictions depend on some level of volunteers for the delivery of fire and rescue service. The evolution of volunteer fire companies presents both challenges and opportunities for county governments.  At this year’s annual MACo Winter Conference, learn how Maryland counties are collaborating with volunteer fire companies to protect lives, property, and the environment.

Together We Respond: A Collaborative Approach to Volunteer Fire & Rescue Services

Description: All of Maryland’s twenty-four jurisdictions depend on some level of volunteers for the delivery of fire and rescue service. As volunteer fire companies continue to evolve, it is critical for local governments to strengthen their relationships with local volunteer firefighters. This session will provide an overview of the challenges and best practices related to the volunteer fire service in Maryland. Speakers will discuss challenges in oversight and authority, recruiting and retaining volunteers, and funding for both volunteer companies and county governments.

Speakers:

  • Richard Devore, Director of Emergency Services, Allegany County
  • Tom Owens, EFO, Director/Chief, Division of Frederick County Fire & Rescue Services
  • Michael Faust, Second Vice President, Maryland State Fireman’s Association
  • Clarence “Chip” Jewell, Director/Deputy Chief, Frederick County Division of Volunteer Fire & Rescue Services

Date/Time: Thursday, December 7, 2017; 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The MACo Winter Conference will be held December 6-8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland. This year the conference’s theme is “The Power of Partnership.”

Learn more about MACo’s 2017 Winter Conference:

#MACoCon Book Club: If We Can Put a Man on the Moon…

MACo’s Winter Conference, “The Power of Partnership,” on December 6-8, 2017, will feature an exciting new offering: the MACo Book Club.

MACo is excited to launch a “book club” setting with a title that speaks to our ability to work together to accomplish big goals. For our first book club session, we’ve chosen If We Can Put a Man on the Moon…Getting Big Things Done in Government by William Eggers and John O’Leary.

If We Can Put a Man on the Moon CoverFrom the book description: The American people are frustrated with their government–dismayed by a series of high-profile failures (Iraq, Katrina, the financial meltdown) that seems to just keep getting longer. Yet our nation has a proud history of great achievements: victory in World War II, our national highway system, welfare reform, the moon landing. We need more successes like these to reclaim government’s legacy of competence. In “If We Can Put a Man on the Moon,” William Eggers and John O’Leary explain how to do it. At a time of unprecedented challenges, this book, with its abundant examples and hands-on advice, is the essential guide to making our government work better. A must-read for every public official, this book will be of interest to anyone who cares about the future of democracy.

Reviews from GoodReads.com:

  • “The authors use 75 case studies of major public policy initiatives – everything from California’s energy disaster of 2005 to the Boston Public School busing disaster of the 1970s and 80s – and analyze what went wrong and in the case where things went right, how it worked. They formulate a ‘plan for success’… I wish all public servants would read this.”

 

  • “Eggers and O’Leary have done an excellent job in finding and discussing an analytical framework to judge government policy as success or failure. As the title eludes, it is written out of deep respect for the interconnected roles and responsibilities that our society and economy rely upon, and often take-for-granted, from all levels of government institutions in the U.S. I highly recommend this to public policy (and related) majors, public benefit advocates, government affairs staff in private companies, and civil servants (gov employees).”

 

  • “Written by two business gurus and published by the Harvard Business Press, this book should be required reading for anyone connected with government and recommended reading for everyone else! It’s a serious book, leavened by tongue-in-check humor. Case histories abound, with some fascinating details of major governmental successes and failures.”

This interactive session will provide participants the opportunity to read a governance-focused book before the conference and discuss it with fellow readers at the conference. Facilitator Andrew Kleine, Baltimore City Budget Director and the founder of a Baltimore City Government book club, will help guide participants in analyzing the book and sharing experiences, reactions, and insights.

This session is scheduled for December 7, 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm. You must be registered for the conference to attend, so please REGISTER TODAY.

Participants may contact Nicolette Querry to sign up for the book club session and obtain their FREE copy of the book in advance.

Interested in sponsoring the Book Club and giving welcoming remarks to the participants? Contact Nicolette Querry for details.

Learn more about MACo’s 2017 Winter Conference:

Winter #MACoCon Registration Brochure Now Available – Explore The Power of Partnership!

The Power of Partnership
December 6-8, 2017
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay
Dorchester County, MD

REGISTRATION BROCHURE

Online Registration | Hotel Reservations

County leaders, state and federal government officials, and private industry experts will gather in Dorchester County, Maryland on December 6-8, 2017 for MACo’s Winter Conference, “The Power of Partnership.”

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MACo’s Winter Conference will focus on intergovernmental cooperation and ways that counties can partner with entities in the public and private sector to achieve the best results for Maryland’s residents. Sessions will highlight collaboration across county lines and service areas to address priorities like the opioid epidemic, Next Gen 9-1-1, and the environment, along with other important topics like mutual aid agreements and cooperative purchasing. REGISTER TODAY!

Review the full schedule with session titles and descriptions.

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel discounted room rates:

  • Phone Reservations: 888.421.1442 (must ask for MACo or Maryland Association of Counties rate)
  • Online Reservations: Hyatt’s Online Reservation Portal
  • Rate Deadline: November 13, 2017, while availability lasts – ROOMS ARE LIKELY TO SELL OUT BEFORE THIS DATE – please call as soon as possible!
  • Group Rate: $137 Single/Double Occupancy; $162 Triple Occupancy; $187 Quadruple Occupancy
      • Additional nightly charges apply for smoking rooms (+$20), waterview rooms (+$40), resort view balcony rooms (+$40), and waterview balcony rooms (+$60)

     

    • The MACo Group Rate is good 2 days prior to and 2 days following the conference. The daily Resort Fee of $20 has been waived for MACo conference participants staying at the hotel
    • Hotel Cancelation must be made 72 hours prior to arrival date to get a full refund. Guests may change date of departure only at check-in to avoid additional fees

Learn more about MACo’s 2017 Winter Conference:

Sponsor and Exhibitor Brochure now published! #MACoCon

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The Sponsorship Brochure and Exhibitor Brochure are now available!

These opportunities are available for organizations to increase their visibility and network with Maryland’s county members!

Sponsorships must be secured by Nov. 13 to be included in the program. Sponsors of more than $2,000 are eligible for Sponsor Showcase Sessions (info on first page of brochure). For more information or to secure your sponsorship information, please call MACo at 410-269-0043 or email Nicolette Querry at nquerry@mdcounties.org.

***Sponsorships are on a first-come first-serve basis and the brochure will be updated as sponsorships are secured.***

Exhibits will display on Wednesday, Dec. 6 and Thursday, Dec. 7. Set up Wednesday at 9 a.m.  Exhibit booths are $600 and must be secured by Nov. 8 to be listed in the program. For more information or to secure your Exhibit Booth, please call MACo at 410-269-0043 or email Leslie Velasco at lvelasco@mdcounties.

Winter Conference Information:

The Power of Partnership
December 6-8, 2017
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay
Dorchester County, MD

Online Registration  |  Hotel Reservations

County leaders, state and federal government officials, and private industry experts will gather in Dorchester County, Maryland on December 6-8, 2017 for MACo’s Winter Conference, “The Power of Partnership.”

Deadline Approaching for MACo Public Service and Innovation Awards

MACo invites nominations for the Marilyn J. Praisner Public Service Award and the County Innovation Award. DEADLINE: October 11, 2017

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Cecil County Peer Recovery Program with their County Innovation Award

Award nominations should be completed and submitted to the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance through the University of Maryland School of Public Policy no later than October 11, 2017.

The prestigious Marilyn Praisner Public Service Award honors and recognizes current or former elected county officials who have demonstrated outstanding service to a county, his or her constituents, and MACo.

MACo’s “Hall of Fame” award – the County Innovations Award – celebrates superb and leading-edge county programs that improve overall quality-of-life and service delivery for a county’s residents.

Details are included in the application links below.

Please follow the nomination instructions carefully:

Award winners will be celebrated at MACo’s Winter Conference Inaugural Banquet & Awards Ceremony on Thursday, December 7, 2017 in the company of approximately 400 county elected officials and staff, legislators, State and Federal officials, and traditionally, the Governor.

If you have questions about either of these awards, please contact MACo’s Member Services Director, Virginia White.

New Hurricane Plan and Multi-State Task Force Are Assets for Maryland

When describing Hurricane Isabel of 2003, one of the hurricanes to hit Maryland this century, the National Weather Services states,

Isabel is a reminder that if the impacts of a Category 2 hurricane can be so extensive, the impact of Category 3 or higher could be devastating.

The 2017 hurricane season was another reminder of this fact, as Marylanders watched from a distance the damages caused by Category 4 Hurricane Harvey, followed by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean.

As reported by the Baltimore Sun, the Army Corps of Engineers is now working on a new map for Marylanders to evacuate from the state during a hurricane. For more information, see Army Corps of Engineers developing plan to guide hurricane evacuations in Maryland in the Baltimore Sun.

Another Maryland asset in preparing for hurricanes is the Delmarva Emergency Task Force. Maryland is a member and a leader of the Task Force, an multi-state group that prepares the region for hurricanes and other threats.

The Delmarva Emergency Task Force works to ensure that all jurisdictions on the Delmarva peninsula are prepared for hazards, including natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tropical storms, and nor’easters; and man-made disasters involving weapons of mass destruction, or chemical and biological agents. State, county and municipal emergency management personnel from all of Delaware, Maryland’s nine Eastern Shore counties, and the two Virginia counties on the peninsula plan together for a coordinated regional response, including effective communications, resource sharing, shelter and evacuation strategies, and recovery plans.

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Fred Webster, left, is Director of the Worcester County Dept. of Emergency Services, Chair of The Delmarva Emergency Task Force and Secretary of Maryland Association of County Emergency Managers. Photo courtesy of FEMA.gov.

The Task Force will be featured at MACo’s upcoming Winter Conference. The session will be sponsored by The Maryland Association of County Administrators and the Maryland Association of County Emergency Managers. Fred E. Webster, Jr., Director, Worcester County Dept. of Emergency Services is the current chair of The Delmarva Emergency Task Force. Director Webster is also the Secretary of The Maryland Association of County Emergency Managers.

The theme of the Winter Conference is The Power of PartnershipsFind more information about MACo’s Winter Conference, and register here.

 

MACo Seeks Nominations for Public Service & County Innovation Awards

MACo invites nominations for the Marilyn J. Praisner Public Service Award and the County Innovation Award.

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Cecil County Peer Recovery Program with their County Innovation Award

Award nominations should be completed and submitted to the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance through the University of Maryland School of Public Policy no later than October 11, 2017. Details are included in the application links below.

Please follow the nomination instructions carefully:

Award winners will be celebrated at MACo’s Winter Conference Inaugural Banquet & Awards Ceremony on Thursday, December 7, 2017 in the company of approximately 400 county elected officials and staff, legislators, State and Federal officials, and the Governor.

If you have questions about either of these awards, please contact MACo’s Member Services Director, Virginia White.

Don’t Forget – Submit Winter #MACoCon Session Proposals by September 15

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Hundreds of local government stakeholders will gather to learn about county priorities, issues, and solutions at MACo’s Winter Conference

MACo requests proposals for their 2017 Winter Conference, focusing on partnership opportunities and intergovernmental cooperation. Proposals are due Sept. 15.

View details on submitting proposals.

County leaders, state and federal government officials, and private industry experts will gather in Dorchester County, Maryland on December 6-8, 2017 for MACo’s Winter Conference, “The Power of Partnership.”

MACo’s Winter Conference will focus on intergovernmental cooperation and ways that counties can partner with entities in the public and private sector to achieve the best results for Maryland’s residents. Sessions will highlight collaboration across county lines and service areas to address priorities like the opioid epidemic, Next Gen 9-1-1, and the environment, along with other important topics like mutual aid agreements and cooperative purchasing. Proposal requirements, timeline, and other details are available online.

Registration, sponsorship, and exhibiting information will be available soon. To be added to the mailing list for any of these notifications, please contact Allison Valliant.