August 8, 2019
Maryland’s new state development plan, “A Better Maryland,” was formally released this week. Developed through a stakeholder-driven and bottom-up process, the new effort from the Department of Planning largely builds on community-driven land use plans as its foundation. The Department held dozens of listening sessions and stakeholder groups to develop this effort, which replaces the former “PlanMaryland” document.
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Conduit Street Podcast Corner:
See Conduit Street Podcast Live at #MACoCon!
Enjoy listening to the Conduit Street Podcast? Now you can see how the magic happens! Register for the Summer Conference to attend our session on Wednesday, August 14, at 3:45 pm and see the hosts record live with the US Census. The interview will be a fast-paced Q&A-style discussion of "complete count" efforts. Attendees will learn about state and local resources and best practices to promote the most accurate 2020 Census, along with getting an overview of how the podcast is planned and produced! Read more about this session .

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Counties In Action
Baltimore County to host “No Senior Eats Alone Day on September 12.
Underground Railroad Freedom Regatta introduces youth to sailing, marine trade skills.
Harford County hosts successful National Night Out gathering for community, first responders.

Corporate Partner Corner

World Wide Technology (WWT ), MACo Platinum Corporate partner and leading technology service provider, knows that local governments have a lot to juggle – managing the complexity of their current systems and safeguarding their cybersecurity for tomorrow. They’ve recently released a blog detailing the how they can help.


Assessing Current Tools and Future Cybersecurity Needs
Recently, WWT helped a large Department of Defense agency rationalize its current cybersecurity tools in an all-day Ideation Workshop. WWT experts, armed with decades of cybersecurity and homeland security experience, hosted the workshop with for agency stakeholders at our Innovation Center  in the heart of Washington, D.C. This workshop provided the opportunity to talk through elements of the existing cybersecurity program and map the agency’s current capabilities to a model reference architecture. The exercise revealed several tools that the agency was paying for but wasn’t using completely.

The Result: A Streamlined, Cost-Effective Security Strategy
WWT recommended a plan to decommission duplicative capabilities and identified a next-generation firewall to apply unified protection both on premises and in cloud infrastructure. Because of the WWT Ideation Workshop, the agency had a better understanding of the tools and capabilities it already had while immediately putting a plan in place to maximize what was already working and eliminate several overlapping capabilities, saving immense costs.

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