Like Reading? Want Inspiration? You’re In Luck At Winter #MACoCon
Hundreds of people will gather at the Hyatt, Cambridge to learn, strategize, and build partnerships. Don't miss it!
Like Reading? Want Inspiration? You’re In Luck At Winter #MACoCon

MACo's "Good Government" Book Club will launch again for December 2019. Help us pick the book, then come and join the conversation at the Winter Conference. MACo is proud to again host a "book club" conversation -- each conference a cohort of county officials agrees to read one book, with a topic relating to public service or governance. During the conference, we'll have a breakout session where those who read the book (and anyone else…

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Nominate a County Program or Leader for MACo’s County Champion Awards

MACo's County Champion Award series celebrates innovative county programs and county leaders who demonstrate extraordinary public service. Nominations are due October 11, 2019, and award winners will be celebrated at MACo's Winter Conference on December 4, 2019. 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, 2019. Details are included in the application links below.…

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Submit a Topic Proposal for Winter #MACoCon – Due Sept 13

Interested in speaking at MACo's upcoming Winter Conference (December 4-6, 2019: "Building for the Future")? Submit your proposal today! "Building for the Future" will focus on county governance challenges and best practices - from the foundation to the rooftop – that will decide Maryland’s future. Topics to be discussed include school construction, clean energy infrastructure and solar siting, “The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future,” medical cannabis in the workplace, land use and zoning, long term traffic…

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Discuss What’s Next for Maryland at 2019 Winter #MACoCon – “Building for the Future”

MACo's Board of Directors and Conference Planning Committee are proud to announce the theme of the upcoming Winter Conference December 4-6, 2019: "Building for the Future." "Building for the Future" will focus on county governance challenges and best practices - from the foundation to the rooftop – that will decide Maryland’s future. Topics to be discussed include school construction, clean energy infrastructure and solar siting, “The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future,” medical cannabis in the workplace,…

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Winter (Conference) is Coming – Book Your Hotel Room Today
Hundreds of people will gather at the Hyatt, Cambridge to learn, strategize, and build partnerships. Don't miss it!
Winter (Conference) is Coming – Book Your Hotel Room Today

MACo's Winter Conference is December 4-6, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, MD - it always sells out, so book your room today! The Summer Conference is only a couple of weeks away, but it's not too soon to be thinking about the Winter Conference. The theme and call for proposals will be announced shortly after Summer Conference. Registration will also open in late August. We've booked two blocks of discounted…

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Welcome to County Office – Advice From Veteran Officials

The Maryland Association of Counties created the video "Welcome to County Office" to provide newly elected officials advice from veteran officials. Veteran elected officials that participated in the video: Barry Glassman, Harford County Executive, MACo President Craig Rice, Montgomery County Council Member John Barr, Former Washington County Commissioner, MACo Past President Rikki Spector, Former Baltimore City Council Member, MACo Past President Sheree Sample Hughes, Maryland State Delegate, Former Wicomico County Council Member Steve Arentz, Maryland…

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See How It Went: Photo Recap of #MACoCon “Charting the Course”

MACo’s 2019 Winter Conference – “Charting the Course” – on January 2-4 focused county government priorities and legislative strategies. The full conference schedule and program of events can be viewed online. Save the date for MACo’s next Winter Conference: December 4-6, 2019 at the Hyatt in Cambridge, MD (this conference is held in December for 3 years of every 4, with the post-election conference being held in January to allow newly elected officials from the…

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From Weeds to Wells to Wellness Local Health Departments are Always on the Job

Local Health Departments (LHDs) play a broad and critical role in protecting the public's health. As attendees to the MACo Winter Conference session, "Protecting the Public's Health: Weeds to Wells to Wellness," learned the full scope of what they do and the health and economic impacts they have on local communities is not always evident.   Kevin Sumner, President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)  set the stage with a  look…

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Open Meetings Training at #MACoCon

Numerous attendees to the MACo January 2019 Winter Conference to receive critical training in Maryland’s Open Meetings Act. The panel, Open Meetings Act, took place on January 4. The class is a core class for the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance Certificate Program and also satisfies a state open meetings training requirement.    Frederick County Attorney John Mathias and Gaithersburg Assistant City Attorney Frank Johnson discussed the Open Meetings Act, including: (1) when the Act…

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#MACoCon Attendees Learn About Comparative Fault, Access to Justice, Local Preemption

Attendees to the MACo 2019 January Winter Conference learned about three key legal issues that will likely factor into upcoming Session, including: (1) local preemption; (2) access to justice/attorney fees; and (3) comparative fault. The panel, Legislation, Litigation & Legitimacy: Key Legal Issues for the 2019 Session, was held on Thursday, January 3. Montgomery County Attorney's Office Government Operations Division Chief Edward Lattner discussed the challenges counties have been having with the court doctrine of implied preemption…

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