February 5, 2021
FEMA Comes Through
This week, the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) delivered on a top-level priority for NACo and their State and Local advocacy partners, recognizing the nature of the COVID crisis as a fully reimbursable event. This welcome change, recognizing the pervasive degree of effects across the country, will relieve a local cost share that could have further challenged already strained local budgets. Conduit Street has your coverage – as Maryland counties continue to aid our residents, businesses, and communities ravaged by this pandemic.
When it comes to details, the small ones never are small. All of them are important. Whether it be a product requirement, quality expectation, customer need, board member request, or part of a message to explain a vision, the details are important to ensuring results align with needs, goals and strategy. So absolutely sweat the small stuff, because it’s all small stuff! Read more...
U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen invites MACo Members to a virtual town hall on Feb 8 to discuss COVID relief and counties' federal priorities.

Conduit Street Podcast Corner:

On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast #AfterDark, Kevin Kinnally, Michael Sanderson, and Drew Jabin discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including a recap of "police day" in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, an update on several bills that aim to build out broadband across Maryland, and new intrigue surrounding the push to legalize and regulate adult-use cannabis in Maryland. Listen now.
Listen to any Conduit Street Podcast Episode: www.mdcounties.org/Podcast
Counties In Action
Hand-made desks have been given to some Harford County public school students - with more on the way!
Baltimore County will hold a virtual series featuring four local leaders, including Maryland House Speaker Adrienne Jones
Maryland National Guard will assist Garrett County with COVID-19 testing sites.
Corporate Partner Corner

MACo’s Platinum Corporate Partner, Cigna, is offering millions of dollars in grants to help support the health and well-being of children.
The Cigna Foundation has announced the open call for applications for its Healthier Kids For Our Future® grant program, part of a five-year, $25 million global initiative focused on improving the health and well-being of children.

In 2021, the program will award an additional $5 million in grants to continue to support schools, nonprofits and community organizations focused on addressing food insecurity and the mental health and emotional well-being of children, with emphasis on loneliness, anxiety, depression and suicide prevention.

"Our studies show that children are among the most resilient in our communities, but this year has presented challenges and uncertainty on a much larger scale due to the pandemic and other factors," said Susan Stith, executive director, Cigna Foundation. "We know the best way to reach these families is by working with the schools and community organizations that serve them every day. We are so proud of the work we've accomplished with our nonprofit partners to date, and look forward to making an even greater impact in 2021."

Since its launch in 2019, Healthier Kids For Our Future® has awarded over $8 million in grants to nonprofit organizations working to reduce childhood hunger and improve mental health in our country's youth. This program furthers Cigna's commitment to addressing social determinants of health and eliminating barriers to care for all communities as part of its Building Equity and Equality Program

Cigna is a global health services company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being, and sense of security whose products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy and vision care benefits, as well as related products in group disability, life, and accident coverage. @Cigna

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