Governor’s Coordinating Offices Engage Hundreds of Marylanders at Summer Conference for Counties
Annapolis, MD – Supporting Governor Larry Hogan, Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford, and more than 20 Maryland state offices and agencies, the Governor’s Coordinating Offices participated in the 2019 Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Summer Conference in Ocean City to address issues of government transparency, youth trauma, crime victims, opioid abuse, small business growth, volunteer opportunities, ethnic community engagement, domestic violence, and provide attendees with information on many state resources available to the citizens of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions.
“Partnerships between state and county governments need to remain healthy, and we are proud to educate hundreds of government leaders on how our offices connect Marylanders with valuable state resources,” said Patrick Lally, Senior Executive Director of the Governor’s Coordinating Offices. “This conference is an excellent opportunity to promote the key programs from our seven coordinating offices to better serve all Marylanders.”
The Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives hosted the Coordinating Offices booth and met with conference participants to spread awareness of their key programs that address various issues across Maryland, including domestic violence, ethnic community engagement, and transformative volunteer opportunities.
“We are excited to share resources with Marylanders that can change their lives for the better and to ensure our faith-based and ethnic communities are heard,” said Steve McAdams, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives.
The Governor’s Office of Performance Improvement hosted a roundtable to introduce the Maryland Open Data Portal, which offers governmental transparency via innovative research tools, and the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority and Women Business Affairs engaged in meetings regarding small business development in Maryland. Governor Hogan’s cabinet reception linked local governments with state officials to cultivate intergovernmental collaboration.
Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, Glenn Fueston, presented on the Handle with Care Maryland initiative during the “New Tools for Tracking and Treating Opioid and Mental Health Crises” panel and promoted the Handle with Care Maryland initiative – now active in 17 jurisdictions statewide.
“Handle with Care Maryland is about bridging gaps to get law enforcement, schools, and mental health professionals working together to help our children deal with the effects of trauma, and I look forward to working with our partners in each county to bring this important program to every school in Maryland,” said Executive Director Fueston.
In addition to representatives from Maryland county and state government, more than 150 municipalities, 200 exhibitors, and 2,000 leaders in public service joined the conference under the goal of changing Maryland for the better and the theme of “Winds of Change.”