Jessica Waters

Town Communications Manager Jessica Waters with the Ocean City flag during the 2017 conference.

(June 8, 2018) Medical cannabis, paid sick leave, and police body camera use are the topics set aside for debate as representatives from governments across the state converge on the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on 40th Street in Ocean City beginning on Sunday this week.

The annual summer conference will bring together municipal and regional governments from Maryland communities far and wide to share ideas on how each area is handling issues, and what might be learned from the attempted solutions.

From noon on Sunday until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, the convention center will be packed full of seminars, presentations, discussions and vendors soliciting attendees attention and offering aid to decision makers.

For example, large cities, small towns and villages all have their own discussion forums, where members of those governments can interact and share ideas scaled to their population centers.

“Engaging Millennials in Government,” “Combating Opioids: Best Practices” and “Effective Records Management” are only three of the dozens of seminars that will carry the weekend for elected officials.

During breaks in the sessions, the main floor of the convention center will come alive with the sights and sounds of vendors offering municipal-scale products and services such as fire engines, record keeping and personnel management.

The keynote speaker appears on Monday, June 11, during the opening general session beginning at 10 a.m. This year’s speaker is Shannon Huffman Polson, author of “The Grit Project,” and one of the first US Army women to captain and pilot an Apache helicopter.

The theme of this year’s conference is “L.E.A.D.: Learn, Engage, Access, Deliver,” and supports Maryland Municipal League President Jake Romanell’s theme of “Live to lead.”

Brian has covered every municipality in Worcester at one time or another, and is one of the longest serving reporters in the region. He covers just about everything. He lives in Snow Hill with his wife, Lora, and two sons, Julian and Grady.

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