September 11, 2020
MACo President and Baltimore City Council Vice President Sharon Green Middleton announced on September 8 the decision of MACo leadership to cancel the in-person Winter Conference. After examining social distancing requirements and safety precautions – including consideration of alternate versions of the event to reduce the size and offer hybrid online options – the MACo Board of Directors determined there was no version of the conference that would be worth the risk of an in-person offering.

MACo will be planning four virtual members-only meetings focusing on the upcoming General Assembly Session, and – following the success of MACo's Summer Series – a companion Winter Web Series focusing on resources and best practices to help counties with the business of county government

Conduit Street Podcast Corner:
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson are joined by Alex Butler to discuss the roadmap ahead for the Maryland General Assembly. 

Topics include the pros and cons of convening a special session amid the COVID-19 pandemic, how guidance from the Maryland Attorney General may lead to big changes for the 2021 legislative session, a new proposal to cap the number of bills introduced in the Senate, and why lawmakers are under pressure to work out several high-profile bills prior to convening in Annapolis.
Listen to any Conduit Street Podcast Episode:
Counties In Action
Baltimore County Councilman
David Marks Helps Dept. of Aging Hand Out Thank You Materials to Senior Center Volunteers
Caroline County Schools Reopened This Week, in Hybrid Mode of Learning, with a Visit from Governor Hogan
Montgomery County Reminds Residents to Follow COVID-19 Precautions with #MaskUpMoCo Campaign

Corporate Partner Corner

Comcast, a MACo Gold Corporate Partner, partnered with Telemundo to launch a comprehensive campaign to increase census education and participation in diverse communities.

From Comcast:

The 2020 Census will impact communities for the next decade, determining congressional representation and the allocation of hundreds of billions in federal funding every year. In the spirit of connectivity and community, our company launched a comprehensive, multifaceted campaign to educate people about the importance of the census and to help lower barriers to online participation. In total, we invested more than $2 million in grants and in-kind contributions to support these efforts.

Telemundo‘s campaign, Hazte Contar (Get Counted), is a multimedia platform in both Spanish and English that Telemundo and nonprofit partners are using to connect with — and educate — Latinos. Since the launch in March 2019, we have partnered with more than 50 national and local organizations to expand the campaign‘s reach.

“Historically, the census has undercounted diverse communities — especially the Hispanic community and particularly Hispanic children,” says Mónica Gil, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of NBCU Telemundo Enterprises. “An undercount can lead to communities missing out on federal funding for critical public services and fair representation in Congress.”

With approximately 58 million Latinos in the U.S. (the country‘s largest minority group), the stakes for an undercount are high. NBCUniversal and Telemundo are uniquely positioned to help support a more accurate count of the Latino community, with the combined networks reaching 98% of U.S. Hispanic TV households, in Spanish and English, across 210 markets.

For more information, visit Comcast's website.

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