October 8, 2021
MACo’s prestigious annual County Champion Awards – an initiative in partnership with the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance – celebrates county leaders and programs making exceptional contributions to Maryland counties. Two award categories are offered honoring exceptional public servants and innovative county programs. 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 November 3, 2021 (nomination details). 
Conduit Street Podcast

On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Maryland Department of Emergency Management Acting Secretary Russell Strickland joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to discuss the shifting landscape of emergency management. From new and evolving threats to harnessing new tech to build resilience and redundancy, learn why elevating emergency management to Cabinet-status strengthens state/local collaboration, communication, and coordination to advance community emergency preparedness.

The Conduit Street Podcast is available on major platforms like Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and more.
Counties in Action
Baltimore City Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Parade
St. Mary's County Hosts Blessing of the Fleet Parade
Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich Joins Walk to School Day
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