Dive into Local Communities at #MMLCon24

Registration for #MMLCon24 is OPEN. One of the highlights of this year's conference is the opportunity to participate in our exclusive tours, offered on Sunday, June 23 at 11 AM at no extra cost.  
Start your conference experience by immersing yourself in one of the innovative solutions implemented by other cities and towns. There's no better way to grow than by witnessing tangible solutions in action.  

Tour Highlights 

  1.  Berlin Economic Development Walking Tour: Explore how the Town of Berlin has seamlessly blended history, sustainability, and entrepreneurship to create an economic development success story. This walking tour will provide valuable insights into the strategies employed by Berlin to foster growth and prosperity. 
  2. Ocean City Grant Utilization Bus Tour: Discover how the Town of Ocean City has creatively utilized a variety of grant opportunities to execute projects that enhance the local community. Jump on board the bus tour and learn from Ocean City's success in leveraging grants for community development.
  3. Salisbury's Anne Street Village Visit: Embark on a visit to Salisbury's Anne Street Village, an innovative transitional housing initiative designed to support the city's chronically unsheltered residents. Gain firsthand knowledge of this impactful project and learn about the efforts to address homelessness in Salisbury.  

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to explore and learn from these remarkable initiatives! Spaces for our mobile tours are limited and open only to registered attendees. Be sure to reserve your spot today. Join us at #MMLCon24 and be inspired by the transformative work happening in local communities across Maryland.  

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MML Supported Transportation Bills Moving in General Assembly

Now that we are more than halfway through the General Assembly session, bills are starting to move. Below are a few transportation-related bills, supported by MML, all of which have already received favorable reports by their respective committees and passed out of their chamber of origin. 

HB 43 - This bill is slightly amended from the version initially introduced and now includes a few additional guardrails. It now allows local governments to designate roads under their jurisdiction as roads on which golf carts may operate, under certain conditions; the road must be 30 MPH or lower and the golf cart must operate only between dawn and dusk unless it has State Highway Administration (SHA) approved lights, drive on the far right of the lane, and contain no more passengers than there are seats. This new authority would allow a new and unique transportation option to local governments.

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MMLCon24: Schedule and Hotel Information

MMLCon24 Schedule

Two ways to stay in touch with the sessions, workshops and activities

1.  Visit Details on our Summer Conference website and click Schedule for a day-to-day breakdown of the preliminary schedule.

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MML Priority Tourism Zone Legislation Hearing - Thursday 2/29

MML’s priority legislation, HB 1281, to allow municipalities to self-designate Tourism Zones will be heard in the House Ways & Means Committee on Thursday, February 29.

Modeled off a successful program in Virginia, this MML priority bill would authorize local governments to provide an array of local tax credits or waivers to businesses that aid in expanding tourism. This program would not only bolster the ability of jurisdictions to attract and retain community-oriented businesses, especially for those that lack access to other incentive programs, but to directly expand the State’s general revenue fund and attract new visitors to Maryland.

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MMLCon24 Hotel Block Now Open

It’s time to lock in your accommodations for MML’s summer conference! We have negotiated with properties in Ocean City across various price ranges and amenities to secure the best options for the MML Summer Conference, June 23-26.

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MML Priority Bill to Authorize Tourism Zones moves in Senate

League priority bill SB 14 has received a favorable with amendment report from the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee ahead of the important crossover deadline. The crossfile, HB 1281, has been voted out of its subcommittee and is expected to have a vote in the full House Ways and Means committee soon.

As a refresher, these bills would enable Maryland’s 157 municipalities to establish Tourism Zones, bringing in new visitors, future residents and helping to attract new tourism-related business to cities, towns, and villages across the state. For more information and a recap on the hearing, please see our press release.

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Senate Report on Budget Rejects Major HUR Cuts

On the heels of yet another $250 million revenue writedown, the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee’s budget report voted on Friday, March 8 did not adopt a recommendation to cut local Highway User Revenues (HURs) to 9.6% indefinitely.

Local governments currently receive 15.6% of Highway User Revenues, 2.4% of which is dedicated to municipalities. That figure was scheduled to increase due to MML priority legislation passed a few years ago. The DLS recommended cut to 9.6% is consistent with the major cuts made in 2009 that saw municipalities receive just 0.4%.

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MML's 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award

The Maryland Municipal League is seeking nominations for the 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award.

MML’s Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a city/town elected or staff official with a strong record of service to MML and the cities and towns of Maryland. Criteria considered includes:

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Elevate Your Brand: Be an MMLCon24 Sponsor

#MMLCon24 isn't just another event; it's a convergence of minds, a platform for change, and an opportunity to shape the future of Maryland's cities and towns and support the 2 million Marylanders who call a municipality home. As we gear up for thought leadership, inspiration and community service, be a part of the local government solution in Maryland.

Why Sponsor?

Digital and On-site Exposure: Secure sponsorship now - and your brand gets pushed out now, ahead of the conference and on-site. Website, email, social media and an app.  

  • High-Visibility Events: From the opening and closing general sessions to keynote presentations, your brand will be prominently featured, leaving a lasting impression.
  • Lead Generation: Decision makers from local government to our counterparts at the state and federal level attend this conference - bring your box of cards and get ready to connect.
  • Beyond the Convention Center: Want to have your brand on the Boardwalk in front of vacationing families from across the Mid-Atlantic the week before July 4? We got you covered.

Click here for sponsor opportunities. Let us help you secure an MML sponsorship package to meet your specific business goals and create lasting relationships.

For more information contact, Felicia Banuelos.  

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2024 Academy Graduate Classes

Attention Academy for Excellence in Local Governance graduates: This spring and summer the Academy will be offering not one, but two, Academy graduate classes.

The first takes place on Friday, May 17 and will provide an overview on How to Assess your Local Government’s Fiscal Risks. Led by University of Maryland School of Public Policy Assistant Professor Thomas Luke Spreen, the class will introduce participants to a framework for evaluating a local government's resiliency through the use of financial metrics.  Participants will also learn how to identify and institute policy changes that build fiscal resiliency, along with strategies to navigate unexpected financial challenges. To register for this class, contact Academy Registrar Elizabeth Hinson at [email protected].

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Federal Transportation Funding Opportunity Updates

Check out the latest information on federal transportation grants, including municipal eligibility and application deadlines, using the U.S. Department of Transportation's Competitive Grant Funding Matrix

Grant programs of specific interest to MML members may include:

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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.

Lunch and Learn Registration

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Mayors Essay Contest Deadline Extended


There's still time to encourage your local fourth grade classes to take part in the League's oldest and most popular ambassador program. Our "If I Were Mayor" essay contest has successfully educated 55,000+ Maryland students on the role of the Mayor and how local government works. Help students from your community participate in this fun civics exercise, by encouraging them to submit an essay.

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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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