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Lunch & Learn Webinar MMLCon24 Sneak Peek

Hear about the newest features to our largest professional development event, first hand. Join our leadership and executive team, on March 28 at noon, for a sneak peek into what's ahead at MML's summer conference and how the event is evolving to meet the ever changing needs of Maryland's local officials.

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Call for Nominations: Roland B. Sweitzer Municipal Employee of the Year Award

Deadline: April 15, 2024 

The Maryland City and County Management Association and the Maryland Municipal League are excited to announce the opening of nominations for the prestigious Roland B. Sweitzer Municipal Employee of the Year Award. This award recognizes outstanding service and dedication within our member municipalities. 

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Nominations are open to all MML member municipalities. 
  • Nominees must be current or former municipal employees. 
  • Town managers and administrators are not eligible.
  • Only one nomination per municipality is permitted. 
Eligibility Criteria and Detailed Nomination Guidelines: For more information on eligibility and criteria, visit the MCCMA website.
 

Don't miss this opportunity to recognize exceptional municipal employees! Submit your nominations today and help us honor those who make a difference in our communities.  

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Smart Growth Summit

 

Mark your calendar for Thursday, May 2nd, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Annapolis, MD, for an all day Smart Growth Summit.The event will be led by the National Center for Smart Growth in partnership with Maryland Department of Planning, Maryland Municipal League, and Maryland Association of Counties.

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State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program Interest Form

To finalize the exact amounts that the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP) Committee should allocate for each grant program, the Committee is seeking eligible entities' responses to whether they would like to sign up for the offered programs. The deadline to respond to this survey is: Friday, March 22nd, 2024.

Responding to this survey is imperative so that the SLCGP Committee can make final determinations on the allocation of precise dollar amounts for each program. 

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Grant Opportunity: National Coastal Resilience Fund

Call for Grant Proposals - $140 Million Available for National Coastal Resilience Fund 2024

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) will award approximately $140 million in grants to create and restore natural systems to increase protection for communities from current and future coastal hazards and improve habitats for fish and wildlife species.  The goal is to enhance protection for coastal communities from the impacts of storms, floods, and other natural coastal hazards and to improve habitats for fish and wildlife.  The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will make investments in planning, design, and implementation of natural and nature-based solutions.

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ARPA Spending Trends Roundtable

The Municipal Technical Assistance Program is hosting a roundtable on Maryland ARPA Spending Trends and Success Stories on February 27th from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST. This roundtable-style webinar will review municipal 2023 ARPA spending trends and invite towns to share examples of ARPA-funded projects. ARPA funding has offered municipal leaders a significant opportunity to carry out projects and initiatives with a wide-ranging impact. And keep in mind that all ARPA State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) must be obligated by December 31, 2024.

If your town is still determining how best to apply this critical federal funding before the obligation deadline later this year, we welcome your participation! Click here to register

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Applications Open for the 2024 Public Leaders for Inclusion Council

The upcoming 2024 Public Leaders for Inclusion Council is now accepting applications. Dynamic leaders in government are invited to be a part of this transformative experience! The Council, known for bringing together visionaries committed to fostering inclusive governance, is set to convene again.

This is your opportunity to join a prestigious cohort of leaders dedicated to driving positive change across diverse communities.

The Public Leaders for Inclusion Council (PLC) is a leadership development program that equips public (municipal, county, and State) servants in elected, appointed, and professional positions to explore practices and policies that challenge anti-Muslim racism and other forms of hate while building inclusion and social resilience in their communities.

Diverse Perspectives Wanted: We encourage leaders from various backgrounds and regions to apply. The council's strength lies in its members' diversity, each contributing a unique perspective to the collective mission of promoting inclusivity in public leadership.

Why Apply?

  • Network with like-minded leaders from across the nation.
  • Collaborate on innovative solutions for inclusive governance.
  • Showcase your expertise and contribute to meaningful change.

Council details and application form and criteria may be found on the America Indivisible website:

Apply before the March 25 deadline.











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Call for Proposals: Talent for Tomorrow Digital Equity Challenge

MML is excited to share the Talent for Tomorrow: Digital Equity Challenge with you.  The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and MML Strategic Partner, Comcast Corporation recently announced a new grant award program to support the launch and expansion of local workforce programs designed to grow college and career readiness, close the digital skills gap, advance economic mobility, and lay the foundation for generational wealth in under-resourced communities.  

Mayors know firsthand the importance of digital training and access to the knowledge needed to prepare underserved communities for more equitable and inclusive jobs. They support the growth and development of a more highly skilled workforce and recognize that everyone benefits when the public sector partners with nonprofits and the private sector to connect and leverage vital resources to up-skill workers.

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First Call for the Hall

The Maryland Municipal League’s Hall of Fame honors current or former municipal officials (living or deceased) that have served 20 years or more as a municipal elected official. Submissions are now open for those eligible elected officials to join the 272 municipal Hall of Famers.

Eligible officials are inducted into the Hall of Fame and honored among your colleagues at MML's 2024 summer conference in Ocean City. 

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NFBPA Forum 2024

The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) Maryland State Chapter President Dylan O. Galloway, invites you to join him at the NFBPA Forum, being held in Baltimore, April 3 - 7, 2024. The event promises to be an invaluable opportunity for professional growth, networking, and collaboration. A special regional rate for Maryland residents has been made available. Visit the NFBPA webpage for more information and to register.

FORUM 2024 is a unique conference experience where public administrators professionals gather from across the country gather to exchange knowledge, resources, strategies, and solutions. Over 4 days of learning, growing, and finding inspiration, attendees are provided with support in their daily responsibilities as leaders in their workforce and communities. Whether you’re looking to learn about how other public administrators are responding to the public health crisis or the newest best practices for managing teams, FORUM 2024 has something for every public service professional.

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2024 Summer Conference Key Deadlines

Mark your calendars, registration for the 2024 Summer Conference is just around the corner. Join us in Ocean City for a transformative experience, connecting with Maryland's local government leaders and staff. Get ready for insightful sessions, workshops, and panels led by industry experts and state officials. Let's innovate together for the future of our communities. See you there!

 

NLC's Congressional City Conference

Build Connections at NLC's Congressional City Conference.

Be part of the coalition of 2000+ local leaders at NLC’s Congressional
City Conference advocating for local priorities. Meet and hear directly
from federal officials about current and upcoming funding opportunities
available to your city, town, or village.


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In-Person Workshops - Bike and Pedestrian Accessibility and Safety

In-Person Workshops - Bike and Pedestrian Accessibility and Safety

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration is hosting five in-person workshops to provide information on grant opportunities focused on improving bicycle and pedestrian accessibility and safety throughout the state.

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Office of the Municipal Omsbudsman for Clean Water

The Environmental Protection Agency has launched a new Office of the Municipal Ombudsman. The office serves as a resource for municipalities navigating Clean Water and can help you identify technical assistance, funding opportunities and brainstorm options.

The Office of the Municipal Ombudsman is Independent, Impartial, and Confidential.

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Support for the U.S. 250th Anniversary

The State of Maryland has significant connections to the founding of our Nation, and chances are that your city or town has physical structures that mark “What Happened Here on This Date.” As we countdown to 2026 and the Country’s 250th Anniversary, the National Park Service under the U.S. Department of the Interior has announced the Semi-quincentennial Grant Program.

Open to local governments, this opportunity provides funds for physical preservation of a historic site, to include:

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Cybersecurity Grant Funding Available for Local Governments

The State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP) is starting to roll out FY22 and FY23 funding.

Through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), Congress established the State and
Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP) to “award grants to eligible entities to address
cybersecurity risks and cybersecurity threats to information systems owned or operated by, or
on behalf of, state, local, or tribal governments.”


View announcement for more details.





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Solid Waste Managers: New PFAS Monitoring and Reporting Requirement

As of July 1, 2024, the Maryland Department of the Environment will require all facilities conducting monitoring regulated under Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 26.04.07.09, 26.04.07.17, 26.04.07.20 and/or 40 CFR Part 258 to analyze for PFOA, PFOS, PFHxS, PFNA, PFBS, and HFPO-DA (commonly referred to as a GenX Chemical). The risk posed by exposure to PFAS is an emerging and evolving national concern. MDE is focused on:

  • Understanding the risk through sampling, science, and assessment
  • Communicating the risk through public information, and outreach
  • Reducing unacceptable risks through appropriate funding, regulation, partnerships, and agency coordination.

MDE is focused first on determining if any locations in Maryland pose unacceptable risks to human health associated with exposures to PFAS, and whether there are locations of continuing releases of PFAS compounds.

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Sustainable Maryland Leadership Training

Join Sustainable Maryland staff and energy finance experts on Monday, February 26 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for a hybrid (in person and Zoom) leadership training on Accessing Funding for Climate and Energy-related Projects. Participants will learn about the Climate Solutions Now Act (CSNA); existing and upcoming funding opportunities related to building electrification, electric vehicle transition, adopting renewable energy, and best practices for securing funding. Details, including how to register, are available on Sustainable Maryland's Leadership Training events page.

 

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Apply for Free Pilot Projects

Marketplace.city is partnering with Leading Cities, a nonprofit to advance government sustainability and resiliency, to help find communities for pre-paid pilots through their AcceliGOV program. Winners of the accelerator program, AcceliCITY, will receive money for a funded pilot (no financial commitment from the government), and Marketplace.city is helping with the outreach to potential partner communities. The pilot areas are:

  • Solid Waste Solution
  • Weather Data Solution
  • EV Charging Solution
  • Sustainability and Resilience Solution
  • Clean Water Solution
  • Emergency Response Solution

A full overview of the proposed pilot parameters and the companies involved can be found on AcceliGOV’s website.

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Maryland Office of Overdose Response Announces Competitive Grant Program

Maryland’s Office of Overdose Response (MOOR) is pleased to announce our Competitive Grant Program for fiscal year 2025! The purpose of our Competitive Grant Program is to distribute funding to the highest-scoring proposals received from state and local governments, as well as from private and not-for-profit community-based partners, that align with Maryland’s strategic priorities and serve to meet some of the greatest needs around the State. The funding available for our Competitive Grant Program is approximately $6 million. For information on eligibility and requirements, as well as key dates and how to apply, visit the MOOR website.

 

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