Leonardtown, MD – The 2016 MACo Summer Conference is set for August 17-20 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland. The theme of year’s conference is “Cyber Solutions: Counties in the Digital Age.”

Much like what is being discussed and demonstrated in St. Mary’s County on a daily basis, the focus of the conference will be on digital trends, cyber threats, and technological solutions for county officials and professionals.

Participants can also expect to see demonstrations of drones, hear from experts about autonomous vehicles, and talk about the implementation of texting 9-1-1.

MACo’s Summer Conference is an annual event where county elected officials, county staff, state and federal officials, and business representatives convene to study best practices in local governance and explore partnerships through which to better serve the people of Maryland.

Local government officials make attending the MACo Summer Conference a priority because they gain knowledge and understanding of the most important local government issues, share ideas, and find solutions to challenges at home.

Other topics on the agenda include social media use and telecommuting for county employees, environmental updates, protecting children from cybercrime, concussions, funding methods for technology, and a Q&A session on medical cannabis. Participants will have two opportunities to be certified to administer Naloxone, the opioid overdose treatment drug.

“The MACo summer conference gives us the opportunity to learn from our colleagues across the state best practices on how to deal with the vast number of challenges we face in St. Mary’s County,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy. “ We always come away from the conference with a fresh perspective on how we can best serve our citizens.”

Updates will be given by the Departments of Natural Resources and the Environment. U.S. Senator Ben Cardin will host a town hall forum and U.S. Representative (and MACo Past President) Dutch Ruppersberger will moderate a general session on cybersecurity budgeting. Governor Larry Hogan will deliver the closing address of the conference.

Commissioner President Randy Guy will moderate an Academy for Excellence in Local Governance session on Consensus and Team Building. 

Also attending is Commissioner Tom Jarboe (1st District), a member of the MACo’s Legislative Committee; Commissioner John O’Connor (3rd District), who will moderate an Academy for Excellence in Local Governance session entitled “Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No – It’s a Drone!”; Commissioner Mike Hewitt (2nd District), and Commissioner Todd Morgan (4th District). County Administrator Dr. Rebecca Bridgett will also attend the conference.

Participants will also have access to many educational sessions, covering issues on infrastructure, public safety, budget, education, planning, management, development, and more. The conference offers attendees the chance to hear from experts to learn from their experiences and insights.