Leonardtown, MD – Exploring partnerships across every level of government and the private
sector … that’s the goal of the 2017 Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Winter
Conference. The conference is expected to attract over 500 attendees interested in working
together for the residents of Maryland.

The conference takes place December 6 – 8 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge,
Maryland. The conference’s theme, “The Power of Partnership,” focuses on intergovernmental
cooperation and ways counties can partner with entities in the public and private sectors to
achieve the best results for its citizens. Attendees will learn this and more during 28-educational
break-out sessions, general sessions, meetings and briefings at the 3-day event.

Representing St. Mary’s County Government at the conference are Commissioner President, and
Legislative Committee member Randy Guy. He will moderate a panel entitled Basics of Risk
Management. Commissioners Tom Jarboe (1st District) and MACo Legislative Committee
member Mike Hewitt (2nd District) will also attend the conference. County Administrator Dr.
Rebecca Bridgett, Public Works and Transportation director John Deatrick and Public
Information Officer Tony Jones will also attend the conference.

County elected officials, legislators and other representatives from Maryland’s 23 counties and
Baltimore City gather in Dorchester County, Maryland, for the Maryland Association of Counties
(MACo) Winter Conference. The goal of the event is to provide county decision-makers and other
participants with tools for more effective leadership and a clearer perspective on the issues which
will be addressed during the upcoming Maryland General Assembly Session. The ultimate result
of attendance is more effective and efficient county government.

“The conference’s theme ‘The Power of Partnerships’ is a goal we are striving to achieve here in
St. Mary’s County,” said Commissioner Randy Guy. “There are a number of initiatives on our
wish list but in order to accomplish them we may need to consider public-private partnerships. So
what we are able to take away from the MACo conference will help us in our future decision

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