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Registration is open for MDE's "Landing a Brownfield ​"

Please join the Maryland Department of Planning and Maryland Department of the Environment on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at their third statewide Brownfields Conference for local governments, consultants, attorneys, developers, and non-governmental/community organizations to learn and share information about brownfields.

​This conference is a special opportunity to explore strategies together for Landing a Brownfield, such as ways to take ownership of brownfields and a land bank discussion. The entire conference will be held at a former brownfield and an adaptive reuse success story - the Montgomery Park Business Center. (Here is a 5-minute video on the history of the building)

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Feds Announce $7.5B in Loans for PFAS Containment, Infrastructure Upgrades

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced $7.5 billion in available Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) funding. This innovative low-interest loan program helps communities invest in drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure while saving millions of dollars and creating good-paying local jobs. To date, EPA’s WIFIA program has announced $19 billion to help finance 109 projects across the country. These projects are creating over 60,000 jobs. Today’s announcement furthers the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to ensuring all people and all communities have access to clean and safe water.

EPA is currently accepting letters of interest for WIFIA loans. Prospective borrowers can also receive technical assistance to develop a funding request that meets the WIFIA program’s requirements. This assistance will help small and disadvantaged communities benefit from WIFIA funding.

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NOAA Funding Opportunities Available for Habitat Restoration & Coastal Resilience

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced two large funding opportunities for habitat restoration and coastal resilience projects with no matching requirements. 

Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Grants
$240 million in funding is available for transformational habitat restoration and coastal resilience projects under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act.
Closing Date: November 17, 2023
Award Period: Approximately three years
Funding award amount range: $1 million to $25 million over the award period
More Information about Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Grants and informational webinars
View grant opportunity on grants.gov





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EV Charger Reliability/Replacement Program Announced

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced a $100m Notice of Funding Opportunity, utilizing a 10% set-aside from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) formula program, for the Electric Vehicle Charger Reliability and Accessibility Accelerator. The funding can be utilized to repair and replace existing, but non-operational, EV charging infrastructure. Non-functional or broken EV charger sites will be limited to those listed in the Alternative Fuels Station Locator and are at publicly accessible locations. Before releasing the NOFO, FHWA identified 6,200 chargers that met its standards of being temporarily unavailable and eligible for this program. Approximately 130 charging sites in Maryland meet this definition as of today (see afdc.energy.gov).

Local governments are directly eligible to apply. A single applicant may receive multiple awards from this program and USDOT expects to fund the vast majority of eligible projects submitted. FHWA strongly encourages applicants to streamline submissions and include as many eligible locations in a single application as possible.

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ARPA Fund Obligation Deadline is Approaching!

Nearly every Maryland municipality received State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in 2021. Roughly a year from now every municipal recipient will need to have obligated those funds or risk having to return that funding to the U.S. Treasury.

A recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) shows that nearly 50% of local governments had not obligated SLFRF funds as of March 31, 2023. The Maryland Municipal League cannot stress enough the urgency to obligate and spend these funds, especially with the need to pass FY2025 budgets by June 30, 2024. 

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2024 All-America City Award

The 2024 theme, 'Strengthening Democracy through Local Action and Innovation,' aims to spotlight communities bolstering democratic processes, through innovations such as making it easier to vote, engage in community affairs, and participate in leadership roles.

Mark your calendar! The deadline for optional letters of intent to apply is December 14, 2023, and final applications must be submitted by February 13, 2024. In March 2024, we'll announce the top 20 finalists who will have the opportunity to convene in Denver, CO from June 7-9, 2024, to showcase their community's achievements at the All-America City Award event. Don't miss your chance to shine on this national stage!

For additional information, watch this informational webinar and download the application.







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Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo

Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo offers the most comprehensive conference, exposition and accelerator of smart city innovation in North America. We deliver premium networking and educational opportunities with a keen focus on city leaders and their priorities. 

Join the largest gathering of city leaders at Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo on Nov 28-30, in D.C. Where you can network with industry leaders, innovators, federal government, military, nonprofits, and municipalities. Cities attend for FREE! For non-city leaders use "23MML25" for 25% off!

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Federal Funds Mapping Service Available

The State of Maryland Department of Budget and Management’s Municipal Technical Assistance Program (MTAP) has unveiled a new federal fund mapping service. Maryland municipalities can submit infrastructure projects or priorities to the fund mapping service through the Project Intake Form and receive tailored information on relevant Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) programs. If your municipality has additional questions, or would like to learn more, please contact the MTAP team at [email protected].

Accessing 2023 MML Fall Conference Content

If you attended the Maryland Municipal League Excellence in Leadership Fall Conference earlier this month and forgot to download PowerPoints and other content, those resources remain available to all conference participants on the MML member app. 

In addition, for a limited time, all MML members may access the following workshop presentations at MDCommUnity, the League's members-only platform:

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October 1, 2023 Legislation Effective Dates

The following bills with municipal impact went into effect on October 1, 2023. Please contact any member of the MML Advocacy team with any questions. 

SB 310 / HB 378 - Natural Resources - Black Bear Damage Prevention and Reimbursement Fund – Uses 

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Supreme Court Preview for Local Governments: 2023-2024 Term

Hosted by the Local Government Legal Center (LGLC), join legal experts in a discussion of the new Supreme Court term and what decisions local governments should watch. The Supreme Court will rule on several major cases this term, including on issues related to:
  •     A possible new standard for employment liability under Title VII;
  •     Whether a public official’s social media account can constitute state action for the purposes of the First Amendment;
  •     Whether the Supreme Court should overrule Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council, which relates to deference that courts should provide administrative agencies; and
  •     Whether firearm regulations prohibiting individuals subject to domestic violence restraining orders violate the Second Amendment

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Governor Wes Moore Announces Support of MML’s Tourism Zone Priority at MML Fall Conference

Governor Wes Moore Announces Support of MML’s Tourism Zone Priority at MML Fall Conference

(October 17, 2023) Annapolis, Md. – Governor Wes Moore joined the Maryland Municipal League (MML) Tuesday morning in College Park as the keynote speaker for the 2023 Excellence in Leadership Fall Conference with historic record-breaking attendance. During his remarks, Moore announced his enthusiastic support for MML’s legislative priority to authorize the creation of local tourism zones.

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Lt. Gov Aruna Miller, Mayor Brandon Scott, and Secretary Jake Day Headline Day 2 of MML Fall Conference

Lt. Gov Aruna Miller, Mayor Brandon Scott, and Secretary Jake Day Headline Day 2 of MML Fall Conference

(October 16, 2023) Annapolis, Md. – The Maryland Municipal League (MML) opened its Excellence in Leadership Fall Conference today in the City of College Park, featuring remarks from Housing Secretary Jake Day, Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott, and Lt. Governor Aruna Miller.

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Still only a Call Away

Our offices may have moved but our phone numbers remain the same. Reaching an MML team member is as easy as calling 410-295-9100. And our new automated system helps connect you to anyone on our team.

If you're still getting used to the new names of our departments, here's a little cheat sheet

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Cyberthreat Webinar: Reduce Your Risk

Cyberthreats are not only real, they are constant. Local governments are targeted over 1,600 times a week by potential cyber threats. As local government leaders, you are entrusted with sensitive data and a limited budget for IT and preventing cyberthreats.

Meet with MML exclusive cybersecurity partner, VC3, to assess your vulnerabilities and learn how to protect your community.

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Academy Electives Have Been Selected - MML Fall Conference

The Academy for Excellence in Local Governance

This certificate program, a sponsorship between MML, MACo, LGIT and the University of Maryland, is the cornerstone of MML’s professional development offerings. Those attending the Excellence in Leadership Fall Conference will be able to receive Academy elective credits if they attend any of the following sessions:

  • Supporting an Energy Efficient Community 
  • Defining Housing Supply 
  • Traffic Calming, Road Diets and Speed Management: Moving to Pedestrian Safety 
  • Main Street Partnerships: Your Path to Downtown Revitalization
  • Taking a Kaleidoscope Approach to Leading Inclusively
  • Social Media and Your Town 
  • Fighting Hate for Good: How to Speak up Against the Rising Tide of Antisemitism, Hate and Extremism

All registered attendees may attend any Academy core or elective course. If you’re not currently an Academy Fellow, you have 30-days from the course’s date to enroll and still receive credit.  An Academy representative will be available onsite, at the conference, Monday and Tuesday.

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Your Community is Our CommUnity

If you've been curious about the League's new member portal, MD CommUnity, no better time than the present to get all the information you need to dive in. Two resources available to get you started:

  • Our FAQ explains some of the nuances of signing in and why MD CommUnity is a tool you need to add to your resources to make the most of your League membership

For assistance logging into MD CommUnity, contact Sharon Easton, Manager, Member Experience.

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MML Approves 2024 Legislative Priorities

  PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                        

Maryland Municipal League Approves 2024 General Assembly Priorities 

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Deadline for 2024 Summer Conference Workshop Proposals EXTENDED!

The deadline for submitting workshop proposals for the Maryland Municipal League Summer Conference has been extended to October 10, 2023. Proposals can be submitted via the Workshop Proposal Form .

MML’s Conference Planning Committee will begin reviewing workshop proposals for the 2024 Summer Conference beginning October 15 and is focused on generating a program that covers the diverse array of opportunities and challenges facing the state’s municipal leaders. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Stacie Spragins or Tom Reynolds.

Details on Paid Family Leave: MML Alternative Plan

In response to the upcoming implementation of the State's Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance program, also known as the Time to Care Act, MML is elated to negotiate and bring an alternative option to our members. We have partnered with other local government entities to present an alternative to the State plan for municipalities with 15 or more employees. This local government collaborative insurance plan can reduce your staff’s administrative burden and decrease the impact on your budget and your staff’s paycheck. A draft memorandum of agreement explains the operation of the collaborative.   

 Potential benefits of joining the collaborative:

  •     Increased market power in securing a vendor to administer benefits for the broad co-op membership
  •     Lower premiums than the State plan saves the employer and employee money
  •     Avoid 15 months of pre-paying premiums before benefits become available (under the State program)
  •     Reduced/shared administrative overhead costs in overseeing and managing the program
  •     Security/simplicity of having one coordinated approval of plan structure and benefits for all participants

MML hosted a webinar with Bolton, the company that will administer the collaborative, on September 8. If you missed it or want to learn more, both the PowerPoint slides and a recording are available.  

The next step is time sensitive. If your municipality would like to participate in the collaborative, a letter of intent must be completed and returned to Bill Jorch, [email protected]no later than September 29. If meeting that deadline will be a problem, please contact Bill for more information.

Please note that there is a membership fee to join the collaborative, which is required to be paid by October 15, if you submit a letter of intent. Once a third-party insurance carrier is selected, a municipality may opt to not sign if the terms and rates are not acceptable, but the membership fee will not be refunded. The membership fee is an annual fee and will be in addition to the premium rate paid to the insurance carrier.

 Membership fees are as follows (payment details will be made available once the letter of intent has been received):










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