January 17, 2020
Proposed FY21 Budget Plan Released: What’s In It?
Governor Hogan has issued his fiscal package for the 2020 session – a spending plan with modest increases, mostly following funding formulas, a boost to school construction pending legislation, and a reconciliation bill with at least one twist for counties. Conduit Street has your coverage.

Conduit Street Podcast Corner:
Conduit Street Podcast:
First Look at the Fiscal Plan
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including what Governor Hogan's fiscal year 2021 budget proposal means for counties; this week's economic briefing from Moody's Analytics to the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee; and a slew of potential revenue-generating proposals being buzzed-about around town.
Listen to any Conduit Street Podcast Episode: www.mdcounties.org/Podcast
Counties In Action
Charles Hosts Free Small Business Workshop Series, Beginning February 11 at Waldorf West Library
Exec. Glassman Read to Children at Today's Children's Reading Festival at Bel Air Public Library
Commissioners and For All Seasons Recognize National Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Corporate Partner Corner

MACo's Platinum Corporate Partner World Wide Technology (WWT) is has set a goal of hiring an astounding 1,500 net new employees in 2020, targeting four key, fast-growing areas for WWT.

From CRN :

“The largest growth area is application development for us. Then cloud -- which would be cloud developers, cloud architects, cloud strategist – that’s incredibly in-demand and a fast-growing area of business for us,” said CEO Jim Kavanaugh, who co-founded WWT in 1990.

“We’re also looking at hiring full-time data scientists domestically and looking at some partnerships globally because there’s just a demand, and I would say a lack of supply, in some of these categories,” he said. “The other fourth area that is a big growth opportunity is security.”

Additionally, WWT is thinking outside the box when it comes to developing new talent. “We’re trying to put some development programs in place to bring up to speed and develop some of the younger, entry level talent that have the capacity to play in some of these different places,” he said.

Kavanaugh said WWT is going on a services-led tear right now as the company is helping customers more than ever succeed in their digital transformation strategies.

“For 2020, it’s about aggressively moving towards a services-led organization that is highly focused on driving digital transformation for our customers,” said Kavanaugh. “The fastest growth we’re seeing in services would be around application development, cloud and security. But also traditional infrastructure like core networking, compute, storage, architecture, voice, video, collaboration -- those areas are also growing.”

For more information on WWT and their services, visit their website .

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