June 5, 2020
With the cancellation of the 2020 MACo Summer Conference due to pandemic precautions, MACo is pivoting to provide essential online learning and dialogue opportunities in a weekly virtual format. This 9-week series, which begins July 1, will feature a combination of COVID-19 sessions and everyday governance topics with content curated by MACo and our partners. Opportunities abound to confront challenges and share solutions as we all move through the unfamiliar territory created by the pandemic and MACo is excited to explore this learning opportunity with our members and wider audience.
Registration, scheduling, and other details will be available on June 10. This series will be free for MACo Members thanks to the generosity of our Corporate Partners !

Conduit Street Podcast Corner:
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast , Kevin Kinnally, Natasha Mehu, and Michael Sanderson discuss the early returns from Maryland's presidential primary election, examine some of the administrative issues that plagued the process, and look ahead to how and why election policy, procedures, and oversight may look very different the next
time around.
Listen to any Conduit Street Podcast Episode: www.mdcounties.org/Podcast
Counties In Action
County Executive Pittman Seeks Applicants for County's Youth Advisory Panel, Submissions Due June 30, 2020
Montgomery Parks Launches Hope in Art Campaign Seeking Positive, Uplifting Works of Art from the Community
Queen Anne's Community Partnership for Children & Families/Chamber Receive $10,000 Assistance Grant

Corporate Partner Corner

MACo's Gold Corporate Partner, BGE , is supporting small businesses by contributing $45,500 to Carroll County's Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund .

Community partner Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) recognizes the ongoing struggles that small businesses across the state face due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To help ease some of the local small businesses’ financial burdens, BGE has donated $45,500 to expand the Carroll County Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, administered by the Carroll County Department of Economic Development.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, BGE has endeavored to balance two important commitments to our residential and business customers and the communities we serve: provide relief from COVID-19-related economic hardship – to include supporting the efforts of our government partners, and continue to invest in the critical electric and natural gas infrastructure to ensure safe and reliable access to energy,” said Rodney Oddoye, BGE’s senior vice president of governmental and external affairs. “It is our hope that BGE’s contribution to the County’s Relief Fund will reach the small businesses that often are most vulnerable during a crisis and help them navigate this challenging period.”

Businesses must apply online at https://carrollbiz.org and meet the following conditions to be considered for the $1,000 grant:
  • Small businesses, including sole proprietors and home-based businesses, established prior to March 5, 2020, with less than 25 employees
  • Business must have a Carroll County location, be registered in Maryland, and be in good standing with the State of Maryland and Carroll County
  • Only one verified business entity per address will be accepted
  • No duplicate applications from previous grant awards will be accepted
  • Eligible uses include working capital to support payroll, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses or other similar expense that occur in the ordinary course of business operations

For more information on BGE's community initiatives and services, visit their website.

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