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US Senator Mikulski visits Washington County booth at annual MACO convention

PHOTO CAP: US Senator Mikulski and Tom Riford from the Hagerstown-Washington County CVB.

US Senator Mikulski visits Washington County booth at annual MACO convention

(Ocean City, MD): The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau provides a booth for Washington County at the annual event, and promotes Hagerstown and Washington County to visitors and group and business travelers.
Senator Mikulski talked with Riford about the Hagerstown Regional Airport, and the success of Cape Air. She also discussed the repair project of the C&O Canal National Historical Park at Big Slackwater.
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot also visited with Riford, and discussed the recent Maryland Tax-Free Shopping Week, along with the state's involvement with the repair of the C&O Canal NHP at Big Slackwater.
Washington County Commissioner President John Barr represented the county commissioners, and came to the booth often to meet with convention-goers.
Washington County joined with its Maryland local government counterparts at the Maryland Association of Counties annual summer conference at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City (Aug. 18-21).
The MACO Summer Conference provides county elected and appointed officials and other participants with a clearer perspective on the challenges facing counties and, most important, it provides them with strategies for addressing these challenges.
The conference is designed to help attendees improve the effectiveness and efficiency of county government.
In keeping with the conference theme "Pride of Maryland," sessions included BRAC and cyber security, the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, a planning board training and various MACO committee meetings. General sessions included School Accountability and Measuring Success; Maryland's Treasure: How the Chesapeake Bay Defines Us and How We Define It; and Marketing Maryland: Selling Our Strengths.
Affiliate sessions included Workforce Development: Issues & Resources for Older Workers; Keeping Our Kids Safe at School; Utilizing our Blue Infrastructure for Economic, Recreational and Environmental Benefits; The Future of Land Preservation & Open Space Funding; and National and State Trends Shifting the Focus of Long Term Care to Home and Community-Based Settings. Additional sessions also included The Importance of Prison Intel and Inmate Surveillance; Effectively Dealing with Sexual Predators; Stormwater Management: Where Do We Flow From Here?; Maryland's Public Information Act in the Digital Age; Warm, Fuzzy and Deadly: Preventing the Spread of Rabies through Casual Contact; The Role of Preventive Health Care in Health Care Reform; Creating a Leaner, Greener Local Government; Lessons Learned from the 2010 Snowstorms; Hoarding: A Public Health Threat; and PlanMaryland: The Trials and Tribulations of a State Land Use Plan.
The purpose of the MACO Summer Conference is to provide county elected and appointed officials and other participants with continuing education to gain a clearer perspective on the challenges facing counties and to provide strategies and resources to address these issues.
MACO and its predecessor organizations have been representing the interests of county government before the state and federal governments since at least the early 1950s. MACO members are comprised of elected officials from the 23 Maryland counties and Baltimore City.
A 15-member board of directors governs the association, with legislative priorities and positions determined by a Committee composed of representatives of all member subdivisions.
More information and conference program updates are provided at

This information was provided by the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau -

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