Enrollment Now Open for 2011 MACo Corporate Partner Program

County governments are always looking for new ways to deliver efficient and effective services to their constituents. In 2010, the MACo Corporate Partner Program was established to provide a forum for companies and organizations to market themselves to county decision-makers. Through the exchange of ideas and information, lasting partnerships have been formed. The Program’s current Partners represent a variety of fields including, but not limited to, energy, health, legal, banking and technology services. Enrollment is…

June 11th Dealing with Angry People workshop in Westminster

MACo and MML are proud to offer an additional training workshop for government officials entitled, Dealing with Angry People.   The workshop is designed to help local government officials become more effective in conflict situations where anger and intense emotions can otherwise derail meetings and the important day-to-day business of governing.  The free workshop will be held in Westminster on June 11th.  To register for the workshop, please email efahey@westgov.com .  A boxed lunch can be ordered at cost.  Indicate in email when registering. Date:    …

MACo Position on Pension Shift Proposal

Following the events of recent weeks, and some uncertainty regarding MACo's position on potential shifting of pension costs onto local employers or county governments, the MACo Board of Directors has adopted a statement on the topic: The Maryland Association of Counties, representing county elected officials throughout Maryland, has consistently opposed any proposal to shift the funding obligation for teacher pensions from the State to county governments. Public education is an essential function of the State,…

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Bill Introduced to Clarify Local Government Powers and Authorities

At the request of the Department of legislative Services, Speaker Busch has introduced HB 777, a bill seeking to clarify various provisions of law that grant powers and duties to county governments. This bill seeks to clarify a number of long-standing and potentially confusing provisions of current law that spell out the domain for Commissioner Counties, Code Home Rule Counties, and Charter Counties, that are currently spread across multiple sections of the Maryland Annotated Code.…

MACo Offices Closed Thursday, February 11

Due to continued snowfall and traffic/parking difficulties, the MACo offices will be closed on Thursday, February 11. Anyone needing immediate contact with the MACo staff is invited to use the email links from this blog site, as staff will be monitoring electronic mail during the closure.

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