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Title: MACo President Kamenetz Welcomes Summer Conference Attendees

“You’re Hired” Conference Theme Emphasizes Workforce and Economic Development

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, President of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) and Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan in welcomed local government officials this morning to MACo’s annual summer conference at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City.

This year’s conference theme, “You’re Hired” reflects an emphasis on working together to grow Maryland’s workforce and economic opportunities in diverse industries including technology, the military, clean energy, the environment, agriculture and education. The conference kicked off yesterday with a Tech Expo hosted by MACo and the Maryland Technology Council, and it features two full days of educational sessions offering valuable opportunities for local officials to learn from each other and share best practices. Session topics range from economic and workforce development to the opioid crisis, cannabis business regulation, recreation, environmental justice, land use and much more.

“If you think about it, local government truly touches every element of our lives and this conference offers local decision-makers valuable opportunities to share insights and experience on the issues making headlines as well as the more mundane, but equally critical, services we provide our residents every day,” Kamenetz said.

“Ocean City is kind of a second hometown for most Marylanders and we are delighted to, once again, host the hard-working people who make our local governments work and help to make Maryland one of the best-run states in the country,” said Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan. Mayor Meehan presented County Executive Kevin Kamenetz with a ceremonial “key to O.C.” as they welcomed conference attendees.

This year’s conference attracted 2,800 registrants from around the state including local government staffers, elected officials, lawmakers and business representatives. Attendance is up from approximately 2,500 attendees last year, with about one-third of all county government elected officials from the state participating.

MACo was founded in 1939, as a non-partisan organization to advocate the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly, representing all of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. Kamenetz is the fifth Baltimore County Executive to serve as President in the history of MACo, succeeding Christian Kahl, Dale Anderson, Dutch Ruppersberger and Jim Smith. With this new term, Kamenetz also becomes the longest serving current member of MACo, first joining in 1994 as a member of the Baltimore County Council. 

Revised September 11, 2017