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Attention Academy for Excellence Graduates – Only 3 spots remain

Have you graduated from the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance? Continue your learning, sign up today for the next Academy Graduate course, ”Tackling Leadership Challenges Creatively”. This course , open to Academy graduates only, will be held on October 17 in conjunction with the MML Fall Conference in College Park.

Still checking off your core class requirements? Don’t miss the three Academy core options being offered in College Park.  

  • Municipal Budgeting
  • Effective Meetings
  • Ethics

You must be registered for the conference and pre-registered for the graduate course to participate. 

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Industry Experts Converge in College Park

What new benefits can you bring to your city or town? Connect with thought leaders of infrastructure, insurance, technology, medical, sustainability, parking enforcement, and more at the MML Excellence in Leadership Fall Conference, October 15-17, 2023 in College Park, MD.

Share with the experts what your community needs and learn face-to-face about the products and services that can make it happen.

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MML Retirement News

The League wishes to thank and bid a fond farewell to MML’s Director of Publications and Events, Patricia Foss-Bennie. Patty will be departing MML later this month to join the world of the retired. During her tenure, the League has seen record conference attendance and record exhibit numbers, earned several international awards, and revamped the member magazine. While we will miss a great colleague and dear friend, we wish Patty all the best in her new ventures ahead. 

Program Details: Excellence in Leadership Fall Conference

If you're still trying to decide if this year's Excellence in Leadership Fall Conference sessions fit your needs, here's some insight to move you closer to snagging one of the few available spots remaining.

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We've Moved

We're the new kid on the block! MML's new offices are located on 47 State Circle, the center of Maryland governance.

Leveraging Federal Funds Webinar

The Maryland Municipal Technical Assistance Program (MTAP) has announced a new webinar: Blending ARPA CLFRF & IIJA and the new ARPA CLFRF Interim Final Rule to take place on September 13, 2023 from 12:00-1:00pm EST. This webinar will provide an overview of:

  • Methods available to leverage Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (CLFRF) to successfully pursue Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) opportunities. 
  • A re-introduction to the IIJA. 
  • The 2023 ARPA CLFRF Interim Final Rule (IFR), including new expenditure categories, and the limited impact of the new IFR for municipalities who designated their entire award under the standard allowance for revenue loss.
If you would like to attend this webinar, please register at the following link and feel free to forward this invitation to any colleagues for whom this webinar would be relevant. Registered participants will receive a follow up email containing a link to the event.  
Please submit any questions you have prior to the webinar through the Question Submission Portal as far as possible in advance; questions submitted during the webinar may also be addressed if time permits. 

Excellence in Leadership Fall Conference - Hotel Info & Deadlines

A limited number of rooms remain available for our Excellence in Leadership Fall Conference. The Hotel at University of Maryland will honor MML's special discounted rate until September 15.

  • Specially negotiated discounted room rates start at $189 for Single occupancy 
  • Online booking must use MML’s booking ID: 232103 for discounted rate at The Hotel at University of Maryland

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MML Legislative Priority Recommendations Announced

MML's Legislative Committee met three times in August to review all 20 member-submitted Legislative Action Requests (LARs) submitted in advance of the 2024 General Assembly Session. After substantial discussion, the Committee unanimously voted to recommend the following three priorities: 

1. A Speed Camera bill to allow local governments to utilize non-sworn personnel to issue a citation for speed camera violations; 
2. A bill to allow local governments to establish Tourism Zones to provide incentives to attract tourism; and,
3. Legislation establishing and supporting a statewide study on local government revenue sources.

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Orientation for Municipal Officials - September 20

Many officials must hit the ground running. Calls to take and make, residents to engage, and municipal business galore. Where should you start?

Our Virtual Orientation for Municipal Officials (OMO).

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Webinar - Alternative to State Family Leave Plan - An Option for Local Governments

This Friday, learn about an opportunity to join other local governments in a collaborative insurance plan that may reduce your administrative burden and save your municipality time and money. The Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance program, also known as the Time to Care Act, impacts all employees and specifically employers (including municipal governments) with 15 or more employees. So, if your municipality has at least 15 employees or plans to expand to 15 or more in the future, you won't want to miss this webinar

David Johnson, Vice President from Bolton USA, will talk in detail about the collaborative opportunity and answer your questions. Sign-ups for the collaborative plan are due in the next few weeks, so this is the best opportunity to learn if it is the right option for your municipality!

Excellence In Leadership Fall Conference - Registration Open

Registration for the Excellence in Leadership Fall Conference, being held October 15-17 in College Park, is now liveMML’s conferences are the only professional development events designed solely for municipal officials. Our fall event draws our most engaged and forward-thinking leaders, looking for information that can arm them for the upcoming legislative session.  

Here's what you need to know about this year's event:

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Learn How to Host a State Fellow - Register for Webinar

You're invited to attend a webinar with the new Maryland Department of Service and Civic Innovation on how local governments can host Service Year fellows and Maryland Corps participants.


Use the link below to register for the webinar. You must register in advance to receive the Zoom link. 

  • Wednesday August 23, 3:30pm
  • Zoom registration here.
2023 legislation supported by MML created the State's new Department of Service and Civic Innovation and the Service Year Option program. These entities are specifically aimed to assist local governments fill open positions and strengthen the pipeline of future local government employees.
For more information on the program click here or register to be a partner here. The deadline to sign up to be a partner is August 31, so don't delay!

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Featured Inquiry - New to MD CommUnity

The "Featured Inquiry" is a new element to MD CommUnity, the League's members-only portal. The posts will highlight an interesting inquiry received by MML with the answer and resources posted to the community's "Ask MML" Discussion thread.

 

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September Orientation for Municipal Officials (OMO)

We invite any officials (elected and staff), new since April, to join us on Wednesday, September 20 at 1 p.m. for the League’s virtual Orientation for Municipal Officials (OMO), an interactive webinar designed to bring you up to speed on the fundamentals of municipal governing and the resources and programs of the Maryland Municipal League.

If you've ever wondered what's appropriate for the charter vs. the code, September's mini "deep dive" on Charter Management will enlighten you.

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MML Compensation Survey Informational Webinar

For 14 years now, MML has partnered with TechnologyNet, a Utah-based company providing “real time,” web-based compensation data to public sector subscribers. TechNet currently serves more than 1,000 local governments in in Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Virginia and here in Maryland and will be delivering a webinar on Thursday, August 31 demonstrating system capabilities for municipalities interested in learning more. The TechNet system includes:

  • Reporting, sharing and comparing of wages and salaries for fulltime, part-time, temporary and seasonal positions
  • Reporting, sharing and comparing of benefit practices, including health, dental, life, disability, retirement, supplemental retirement and all other employer paid benefits
  • Reporting, sharing and comparing of current and best practices impacting compensation including paid leave, holidays, and dozens of allowances & practices.
  • The ability to select which governments you want to compare against with unlimited report generation, 24/7.
  • Easy updating methods to keep information current.
  • Data monitoring features and automatically notifies users when data is over a year old.

The cost to participate is $40-80 per year for most Maryland municipalities and allows for multiple logins and passwords for shared access with staff members. 

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Delegates Wilson and Wilkins Highlight MML’s Inaugural Symposium; Deep Dive on Cannabis Legalization

(August 11, 2023) Annapolis, Md. The Maryland Municipal League (MML), which represents 157 cities and towns, two special taxing districts in Maryland, launched its inaugural Symposium Thursday, August 10. The first in a series of deep dives into emerging municipal issues, yesterday’s speakers tackled the recent legalization of cannabis.  

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MML Recognizes Ryan Spiegel and Kumar Barve at Summer Conference

MML Presents Lifetime Achievement Award to Delegate-Designee Ryan Spiegel; Honorary Lifetime Membership Award to Commissioner Kumar Barve

(June 27, 2023) Annapolis, Md. – The Maryland Municipal League (MML), which represents 157 cities and towns and two special taxing districts in Maryland, presented Ryan Spiegel, former MML President and Delegate-designee, with its esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2023 Summer Conference in Ocean City, Maryland. The League also recognized former Delegate and current PSC Commissioner Kumar Barve as an Honorary Member.

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New MML Board of Directors Announced at Summer Conference

2023-2024 Board of Directors Elected at MML’s Annual Business Meeting

Mayor John Carroll of Galena to Serve as President; Mayor Michael O’Connor of Frederick is President-Elect

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MML Presents City of Laurel and Town of Greensboro with Municipal Achievement Awards

The Maryland Municipal League Presents Municipal Achievement Awards to the Town of Greensboro and City of Laurel

(June 26, 2023) Annapolis, Md. – The Maryland Municipal League (MML), which represents 157 cities and towns and two special taxing districts in Maryland, acknowledged Greensboro and Laurel as the Small Town and Large City winners of its revered Municipal Achievement Award during the Summer Conference.

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