Posted on: August 1, 2017

Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference


Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference

County Leaders Will Learn Tech Advances & Cyber-Related Trends

Hogan to Deliver Closing Address

The Allegany County Commissioners, Jacob C. Shade, Creade V. Brodie, Jr., and William R. Valentine, Director of Economic & Community Development Jeffrey S. Barclay, and Director of Human Resources Brian P. Westfall, will participate in the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Summer Conference, August 16 - 19, 2017. Two thousand local government officials, county staff decision-makers, legislators, state and federal officials, business representatives, and exhibitors are expected for the conference at Ocean City’s Roland Powell Convention Center.

The theme of the conference is “You’re HIRED!” The educational sessions will focus on economic development and the ways counties can contribute to job growth in Maryland.

During the conference, local government officials will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of the most important issues facing local governments. Officials will share ideas and discuss viable solutions to numerous challenges, small and large. Year after year, the short and long-term benefits from talking face-to-face with colleagues are immeasurable.

Conference Speakers

Rohit Bhargava will deliver the Keynote Presentation at the Welcoming Session. Mr. Bhargava is the CEO and Founder of the Influential Marketing Group and has advised some of the largest brands in the word on being more influential. His first book was Personality Not Included: How Companies Lose Their Authenticity– And How Great Brands Get It Back. This was a global best seller and published in nine languages. Mr. Bhargava has been featured in the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Bhargava is a Professor of Marketing at Georgetown University. His MACo topic is How to Tell Stories to Build Trust.

Governor Larry Hogan has been invited to deliver the Closing Address.  This address typically includes issues facing local government, the state’s response to some of Maryland’s pressing challenges, and important opportunities.

Education Sessions & Exhibits

Educational sessions are emphasized at the conference. There are over 30 sessions: general sessions for everyone as well as affiliate sessions which present specialized topics for administrators, attorneys, health officers, engineers, planners, information technology professionals, etc.

Opioid issues will be highlighted at the conference. Special Sessions are:

-Opioid Forum: Combating the Crisis - The Governor’s Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force Representatives

-Watch the FBI Documentary Film: Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict - Hear from FBI Experts and Analysts.

-“Stayin’ Alive”- Learn to Save a Life with Naloxone Training for Opioid Overdoses and Hands-Only CPR.

General Sessions are:

-The Voice of Entrepreneurship: Who Has the Perfect Pitch for Maryland?

-Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads: Let Career Training Transport Maryland Students

-Markets, He Wrote: Looking for Clues into the Economy’s Direction.

Affiliate Sessions are:

-The Green Rush? Cannabusiness in Maryland Counties

-Attacking the Opioid Epidemic: A Collaborative Approach - State and Local Government

-Environmental Justice and County Land Use: Finding the Win-Win Scenario

-Parks and Recreation: A Healthy (and Wealthy) Investment

-Will Your Next County Employee be … a Robot?

-I’ll Drink to That: Crafting Jobs with Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries

-NO VACANCY: Revitalizing Vacant and Blighted Properties

-The Clean Energy Economy - Generating Jobs, Producing Power

-Second Chance for Workplace Success - A Good Program is Good for Your County

-Round Up the (Un)usual Suspects - There’s a Broader Pool of People for Your Tech Hiring Needs

-Leveraging State Tools to Achieve Community Benefits

-The Key to Public Safety: Locking Down Your Hiring Process

-Perfecting the Potential of Public Private Partnerships

-Smoothing the Rough Road: Addressing Dementia Challenges

-Flushing Your Troubles Down the Drain, the South Kent Island Solution

-Dude, What’s My Job? Understanding, Attracting, and Retaining Your Millennial Workforce

-Walking the Tightrope: Protecting the Public and Energizing the Economy

-Serving Those Who Served Our Country

-What Will We See in Phase III? A Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load Update

-The New Look Vacation: Opportunities and Responsibilities in the Sharing Economy (Hotel Industry, Airbnb). Act Like a Hotel - Tax Like a Hotel?

-ABC’s of the ACA, HCA, and Health Care in Maryland.

Sponsor Showcase Sessions are:

-Everybody Wins: Getting Maryland Customers to Take Action to Reduce Energy Use

-The Impact of Your Hiring Practices on Your Bottom Line

-Women in Retirement: INVEST IN YOURSELF - Empower Your Future

-Hidden Assets, Visible Gains: How Investment in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grows the Local Economy

-Protecting People and Communities Amidst Major Changes in the Accommodations Industry

-Telemedicine and Your Workforce

-Local Government Insurance Trust - Hot Products!

There will be a Town Hall Forum to discuss federal issues affecting county governments.

Tech Expo

A technology-focused tradeshow was a new addition last year and is back by popular demand. There is no aspect of government service that is untouched by the evolution of technology.  There will be deep-dive intensive technology sessions, complete with demonstrations of the latest technology for county governments. Tech and cyber vendors will introduce their products and services.

Tech Expo Sessions are:

-Meet Your Match: Solutions to County IT Challenges

-Goggles On: Get Ready for Virtual Reality and the Social Shake-Up

-BIOTECH BAIT: Can Maryland Net a Boom in Biotechnology?


The conference will also feature 250 exhibiting companies. County leaders will be able to learn from commercial vendors offering new products, services, and programs designed specifically for use by county governments. This will provide another way for county leaders to meet and discuss how they can cut costs, increase efficiency, and streamline services for the benefit of their constituents.


The Maryland Association of Counties is a non-profit and non-partisan organization that serves county governments by articulating the needs and ideas of local governments to the Maryland General Assembly. Through MACo’s advocacy, training, education programs, and annual conferences, members are provided with endless opportunities to improve their capacity to serve their residents. MACo’s membership is composed of county elected officials and representatives from Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. www.mdcounties.org.

Commissioner Valentine serves on the MACo Board of Directors. Commissioner Valentine also co-chairs MACo’s Education Subcommittee and is a member of the Legislative Committee and the Initiatives Subcommittee. Commissioner Valentine was appointed by the Executive Director of MACo to be MACo’s rural county representative on the prestigious Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, known as the Kirwan Commission.

Contact Information

Allegany County Government’s website is www.alleganygov.org. Allegany County Government’s main telephone number is 301-777-2526.

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