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

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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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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.

Visit with:

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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!

Support the MML Excellence In Leadership Fall Conference

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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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