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MML Housing Symposium Registration Open

MML's Summer Symposium will take place on August 1, 2024, at the Crowne Plaza in Annapolis.

The event will focus on Maryland's housing legislation, with a keynote address by Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Jake Day. In addition, this year’s symposium will feature panels with experts from the National League of Cities, state officials, and municipal leaders discussing planning, zoning, and sustainable growth strategies. 

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Capacity Building and Partnership Development for Federal Funding Success Webinar

On behalf of the Department of Budget and Management, the MTAP program will be hosting a webinar on Strategies for Capacity Building and Partnership Development for Federal Funding Success on Thursday, June 20, 2024 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST.

 

This webinar will provide comprehensive guidance on internal capacity building and partnership development for local governments seeking to optimize grant opportunities.

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HER-ricane Summer Camp

The Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management (AACo OEM) is hosting the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) HERricane summer camp! Young ladies ages 14-18 are encouraged to participate in this free week-long program designed to encourage more young women to explore careers in emergency management, public safety, and related fields.

The program will run from July 15-19 at the Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, with field trips to local Emergency Operations Centers. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 21, 2024, and up to 30 students will be accepted to participate in this year’s program. For any questions email [email protected].

Participants do not have to be Anne Arundel County residents. It is open to all young ladies, aged 14-18, and it is FREE!

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MML Strategic Partners are Headed Down the Ocean!

We are delighted to see so many of our Strategic Partners joining us for the MML Summer Conference this month! Many have booths in the expo hall and are a great resource for municipal leaders. As experts in their fields, please be sure to stop by and get to know each one. All Partners can easily be spotted, as they have a blue ribbon on their booth. Click here for a full listing of The Leagues 2024 Strategic Partners.

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Free Cybersecurity Help + Grant Opportunity

Don't miss out on this once-in-a-decade opportunity to receive free cybersecurity supportApplications due 6/17.

Apply for the ISO Shared Services Program where jurisdictions can receive support for cybersecurity assessments, vulnerability management, and receive consultations on how to reduce risk, improve security, cyber readiness and resilience, and hardening networks from the Department of Information Technology’s Office of Security Management.

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Maryland Certified Public Manager Program - Online

The Maryland Certified Public Manager® Program has a limited number of funded spaces available for managers and executives from state, local, municipal government, and non-profit organizations in Maryland for 2025. Eligible applicants can attend the program at no charge to them or their agency.

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Remember the Expo

The Expo is back and better than ever. The recipient of four national conference awards, our summer conference expo will connect you with hundreds of industry leaders.

The MML Summer Conference Expo Hall serves as a hub for forging meaningful business partnerships to help enhance your city or town operations. Learn the latest techniques, products, and services available from the experts.

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Lunch & Learn - New MML Consulting Services

 

Do you have a newly elected town council trying to get off on the right foot? Would you benefit from having a professional facilitator assist with teambuilding, goal setting, or an introduction to municipal roles and responsibilities based on your municipal charter?

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MML Digital Library Information

The Lunch and Learn webinar on how to use the MML Digital Library, a new tool designed to  provide access to a myriad of documents and data that may help your municipal operations, has been uploaded to MML's Youtube channel. In partnership with ShoreScan, an MML strategic partner, this searchable database has decades worth of documents relating to all types of questions municipal officials may have including:

  • Attorney General opinions
  • Testimony
  • News articles
  • Policies, and other reports

The MML Digital Library will put relevant information at your fingertips, with more documents being added all the time. The webinar covered how to access this data and provided a preview of the library platform.

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MML Needs Your Help at Summer Conference

We need your help. To ensure a successful summer conference we need your help at registration and throughout the event. If you've got the time, we've the job for you.  Sign up by June 11 via SignUp.com to assist with registration or be a greeter. Greeters will introduce themselves to lost-looking first timers, assist with directions, the app, encourage visits to the expo, and be the friendly face in the crowd. This is an excellent way to meet new people. Plus, you'll get an MVP Volunteer Ribbon and our sincere appreciation.

We hope you'll consider donating an hour or two to help.

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Pepco Sustainable Communities Grants for Prince George's and Montgomery County Municipalities

Sustainable Maryland, in partnership with Pepco, will offer Sustainable Communities Grant awards to eligible organizations. This program will provide $75,000 support to fund environmental stewardship projects and $50,000 for community resilience projects across the Pepco service area in Montgomery County, Prince George's County, and Washington, DC. Application deadline: July 12.

Environmental Stewardship Grants (awards up to $10,000 – up to 8 awards expected)

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2024 Final Legislative Report Now Available!

 

The MML 2024 Final Legislative Report is now available! Each year MML staff compiles the legislation that passed through the General Assembly and has impact on municipal governments into this one document. The Final Report includes a short summary of each passed bill plus a link to the General Assembly for more detail.

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Local Cybersecurity Grant Application Now Open

The application for FY22 State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP) funding is now open.

The application can be accessed on the Maryland Department of Emergency Management (MDEM) website. If you are interested in either the Information Security Officer (ISO) program or submitting for a subgrant award, please find the relevant section and follow the step-by-step instructions.

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From Our Community To Yours – Join Our Inaugural MMLCon24 Community Service Project

How many times have you been spotted in a grocery store and a constituent has made a passionate plea for you to meet a community need? City and town officials and staff are the pulse of the community, and your residents understand the importance of your support. The Maryland Municipal League recognizes the impact of community and we’re asking our local government community to band together through community service. 

Maryland Municipal League is proud to partner with Diakonia, a comprehensive provider for homeless men, women, families, and veterans on the Lower Eastern Shore, for our first summer conference community service project. Diakonia offers an array of services: emergency shelter, rent/financial assistance, food assistance, veteran homeless assistance, and operates a local thrift store.  

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MML Main Street Event

If you’re looking for additional visibility for your city or town, join the cities of Cambridge, Frederick, Hagerstown, New Carrollton, Pocomoke City, The Port Towns, Westminster, Williamsport, and MML’s Police Executive Association (PEA) for Municipal Tuesday’s MML Main Street event, an exclusive member municipality showcase opportunity.

Registration for the MML Main Street event includes:

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Tours - Exploring Maryland’s Eastern Shore

From the sun-soaked beaches of Ocean City to the charming streets of historic Berlin and the bustling city of Salisbury, Maryland's Eastern Shore offers a diverse tapestry of culture, history, and community. Our mobile tours are an opportunity to tour these cities with a focus on one of their best practices.
 
Although our Berlin tour is already sold out, a few spots remain open for Ocean City and Salisbury.
 
Salisbury
Start your day with a warm welcome from Mayor Andy Taylor at City Hall. Indulge in light refreshments before hopping a trolley to tour the Anne Street Village, Salisbury's first transitional housing community for unhoused residents. Get your questions answered and discover how Salisbury was able to bring this vital project to life.
 
Ocean City
Interested in public safety? Ocean City's Emergency Services Director is prepared to give you an insider's look at their City Watch system, complete with a PowerPoint overview followed by a live demonstration in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
 
Next, head to the museum where the City Engineer, the mastermind behind the museum's refurbishment, will share insights into its history, funding, design, and construction.
 
Wrap up with a visit to the newly reimagined park downtown. Learn all about the park's transformation, including the grants and donations that made it possible.
 
Either of these tours pique your interest?
Contact Dionna Richardson to indicate which tour you'd like to participate in and snag one of the few remaining spots.
 
 

In Memoriam

 

As we prepare for our summer conference, we also reflect back on the memory of those whom we have lost.  The League will recognize municipal officials who have passed away since June of 2023 at the conference as we have done in the past.  We are calling upon you, our members, to make sure that all are remembered. 

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Maryland Tough Baltimore Strong coalition

The Maryland Municipal League is proud to be one of the 130 partners to support the Maryland Tough Baltimore Strong coalition. If you know someone impacted by the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse, please see the resources available below.

To date, more than 130 partners have joined the alliance, committing more than $15 million and providing other non-monetary support for port workers and to the broader recovery. 

The Maryland Tough Baltimore Strong Fund, established by the Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF) has been the primary resource for alliance members to support port workers, first responders and their families, and impacted Key Bridge communities.   The fund has received support from over 300 contributors. The consistent needs identified by each community include immediate support for basic human needs. This includes the ask for private financial support for workers affected by the port closure, with assistance to cover basic essentials.  

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African American Heritage Preservation Program Grant Workshops and Webinars

Applications are now being accepted for the African American Heritage Preservation Program FY2025 grant round. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the grant guidelines, view a recorded webinar and contact program staff with any questions, including whether your project is eligible. All applications must be completed and submitted by 11:59 pm on July 1, 2024.

The African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) provides grants to assist in the preservation of buildings, sites, or communities of historical and cultural importance to the African American experience in Maryland.

The AAHPP is administered as a partnership between the Maryland Historical Trust and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC). The program typically receives an annual appropriation of $5,000,000 for grants per year.

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Keeping up with the Supreme Court - NLC

NLC routinely pulls together great resources for cities and towns following Supreme Court decisions. Below are some recent offerings:

In case you missed our webinar last month on the Lindke v. Freed decision in which the Supreme Court set forth the test for when local government officials are considered "state actors" for the purposes of the First Amendment when they post on social media. Please find a recording of the webinar, as well as an FAQ on the court decision, here. 

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