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October 1, 2018

Proxies Due - MML Fall Conference

Proxies offer alternatives to vote for the League legislative priorities for cities and towns that will otherwise not be represented at the MML fall conference in Annapolis on October 12, 2018.
If elected officials from a League member municipality are unable to attend the conference, their municipality may be represented for voting purposes by administrative proxy (if a nonelected official from your municipality will represent your city/town) or municipal proxy (if a representative from another municipality will represent your city/town). Please note that a MML member municipality may exercise a municipal proxy for just one other member municipality.

The proxy form should be submitted to League staff by October 5 by email to Bill Jorch ( or mail 1212 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. A hard copy may be presented on the day of the Business Meeting, but no faxes will be accepted.

Direct Visitors to Your Municipality

MML offers the only comprehensive spot to get contact information for all 157 Maryland municipalities and two taxing districts. Our digital directory serves as an easy link to your town’s website, elected officials and key staff members. It’s used by those looking to visit Maryland cities and towns, potential new businesses, as well as state legislators and officials from state agencies.

Ad rates have remained at $225 for the last four years and are the least expensive ad rates on the market. The benefits of spotlight advertising include:

  • The ability to change your ad once throughout the calendar year to match any upcoming special event(s) or programs
  • Your municipality is the sole feature on its spotlight page
  • Exposure to our 1,000+ directory visitors per month
Spotlight ads can be used to highlight whatever you’d like about your municipality. Past ads have featured:
  • Photos of the elected officials
  • Attractions and services of the town
  • Special events, programs and initiatives
  • Touting special designations i.e. Main Street Community, Sustainable Maryland certification

Contact Sharon Easton at for more details on spotlight ads.

Example Ads:

Bel air Ad
Rockville Ad
directory ad

MML Chapter Legislative Dinners Scheduled

MML Chapter legislative dinners are set for most chapters. The dates are below. Updates and additional information will be shared in future eBulletins. Please share these dates with your legislators NOW so they can “save the date!”.

Allegany/Garrett County Chapter
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, Westernport
Washington County
Monday, November 26, 2018, Clear Spring
Frederick Chapter
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – Richland Country Club, Middletown
Prince George’s County Municipal Association
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – Martin’s Crosswinds, Greenbelt
Southern Maryland Association of Municipalities
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 – Chesapeake Beach Resort, Chesapeake Beach
Carroll County Chapter
TBD – Manchester
Montgomery County Chapter
Thursday, December 13, 2018 – Ramada Inn, Rockville
Cecil/Harford County Chapter
Thursday, December 20, 2018 – Cecilton
Eastern Shore Association of Municipalities
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 – Fisherman’s Inn, Kent Island

Contact Justin Fiore at MML with any questions.

Sustainable Maryland

Sustainable Maryland Leadership Training

The Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland will host Sustainable Maryland's annual Leadership Training workshops in November. This training series fosters leadership skills to engage diverse stakeholders, reduce contention and garner support for sustainability initiatives. This year's workshop topic, GROWING THE COMMUNITY FOREST, will incorporate examples, stories and tools that will help communities to strengthen and expand local tree canopy. Trees are unique amongst urban infrastructure, in that over time, they appreciate in both value and capacity. Learn about the benefits of a healthy community forest; funding sources and technical assistance available for maintaining and growing your town's tree canopy; and examples of how to engage residents to support this vital green infrastructure in their neighborhoods. Choose the most convenient date/location:

Thursday, November 8, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: City Hall, Hyattsville
Tuesday, November 13, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Location: Cambridge Public Safety Building, Cambridge
Thursday, November 15, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: University System of Maryland, Hagerstown
(includes breakfast, lunch, program materials, free parking)

Questions? Contact Mike Hunninghake at or 301-405-7956.

Are Railways a Concern for your Municipality?

The League was contacted by Delegate Jimmy Tarlau (D-47) to inquire about the level of concern local municipal officials have for railways operating in or around their jurisdiction, to include safety, traffic, noise, and any other issue they are experiencing. Delegate Tarlau is willing to facilitate a discussion on the subject if there is interest from municipal and county officials.
If you have an interest in attending a yet-to-be-scheduled statewide forum of municipal officials on the topic of railroads operating in your jurisdictions, please contact MML Government Relations Manager Justin Fiore at or 410-295-9100.

2019 Governor’s Grants Conference

Attend the 14th annual grants conference and gain a wealth of knowledge while spending the entire day interacting, learning and networking with top federal, state, and private grant makers.

Your team will be provided with comprehensive grants management training on the Federal Uniform Grants Guidance, best practices in grants management, as well as tips for finding and winning grants for your town’s programs.  

Brought to you by the Governor’s Grants Office, colleagues from federal and local government, higher education, and nonprofit organizations will be attending this popular annual conference.  You’ll find additional information, including how to register, here.

Monday, October 29, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
3501 University Blvd. East, College Park, MD 20783

Hot lunch, free parking and Continuing Professional Education Credits are included in ticket fee.

Grants Training in Columbia, MD  -  November 29-30, 2018

Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Columbia, November 29-30, 2018.  This training is applicable to grant seekers across all disciplines.  Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.
Click here for full event details.
Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.
We are excited to offer Maryland Municipal League members and their staff a special tuition rate of $425 which includes everything: two days of terrific instruction, workbook, and access to our Alumni Forum that's packed full of tools, helpful discussions and more than 200 sample grant proposals.  Please use discount code "MDASSN" to receive this $30 discount off full price at registration.
Multi-enrollment discounts and discounts for Grant Writing USA returning alumni are also available.  Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment.
Contact: Janet Darling at Grant Writing USA, 888-290-6237,

Tree-Mendous MD

Tree-Mendous Maryland

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources aims to expand tree cover on public lands across the state by offering affordable and attractive trees for planting on public lands and open space through its Tree-Mendous Maryland program. Orders now being accepted.

NLC Leadership Applications – Now Being Accepted

The online applications for the National League of Cities (NLC) Board of Directors and Officers are now available on NLC’s website, and at the MyNLC Member Portal. Please refer to the candidate information package for eligibility requirements, job description, and how to apply! The application can be found in your member portal under the Leadership Application tab. If you have any further questions, please contact Carla Smith at 202-626-3179 or Applications are due no later than Monday, October 8, 2018. This is the application period for NLC Board positions. Applications for all NLC Committees and Councils will be accepted later in the Fall.

Maryland Climate Leadership Academy

The Maryland Climate Leadership Academy is the nation’s first state-sponsored institution providing continuing education and executive training programs specifically designed for state and local government officials, infrastructure executives and business leaders. Deadline to enroll in the Academy’s first programs is October 15, 2018. Full details and enrollment information.
Established in 2018 by the State of Maryland in partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Maryland Climate Leadership Academy advances the capacity of state and local government agencies, infrastructure organizations and businesses to develop and implement sound climate change initiatives thus ensuring current and future public health, security and economic prosperity.

NLC Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) Leadership Awards

Each year, WIMG and NLC recognize an individual for initiating creative and successful programs in municipal government that help their community, particularly if the leadership serves as a specific mentoring model for future female leaders. City staff, constituents and fellow elected officials are encouraged to nominate a leader who fits this description! Nominations are due October 12, 2018. Full details

Bells Toll WWI

Bells to be Tolled to Honor WWI Veterans

Maryland Joins Nation to Commemorate Sacrifices of more than 60,000 Veterans

Governor Hogan issued a proclamation calling for bells to be tolled in Maryland on November 11, 2018 at 11:00 am in remembrance of veterans of World War I. The proclamation coincides with a call by the United States World War I Centennial Commission for all Americans to participate in a national tolling of bells.

View the World War I Centennial Commission website for more information.


Classified advertisements from Maryland cities, towns, counties and other government agencies will be published in MML’s e-Bulletin at no charge. If you would like to advertise an employment opportunity, request for proposals, or a piece of equipment for sale within the State of Maryland, please e-mail the ad copy, in a text only word doc, 200 words or less to classified. Ads will appear for a 90-day period and can be resubmitted for posting if needed.


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