Conferences & Events

Education Opportunities

Several annual conferences and events offering continuing education for elected and appointed county officials are held yearly. Many sessions qualify for credit with the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance.

The Winter Conference is held in December or January and every four years offers a half-day training for newly elected officials. The Summer Conference and Trade Show is held mid-August in Ocean City. Both events focus on education, but also offer briefings by state departments and agencies and networking opportunities. The governor addresses both conferences.

The Administrators and Attorneys Fall Conferences provide forums for discussion of legal and management issues for county administrators and attorneys. If you need help registering a County Attorney or Administrator for their respective conferences, please email us.

The Half-Day Annapolis Immersion Training allows new and veteran officials and professionals the chance to familiarize themselves with the policy-making process, the ins and outs of Annapolis during the General Assembly Session, and MACo's role in the legislative session.

A smaller, one-day Symposium event is held in the spring. The event focuses on specific topics to allow for more in-depth exploration of important issues.

For more information about our Conferences and Events, please get in touch with MACo's Member Services Director -  email Virginia White.

Upcoming Conferences:

Roland Powell Convention Center, Ocean City, MD

MACo's 2020 Summer Conference was cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions. 

On July 1, 2020, MACo launched the virtual Summer Series, a 9-week online educational offering covering current challenges facing local government 

  • Our next Summer Conference is scheduled for August 18-21, 2021

Hyatt Regency Resort, Cambridge, MD

The 2020 Winter Conference has been cancelled due to ongoing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 public health crisis. Instead, the Association will offer the Winter Web Series, focusing on e-learning opportunities and virtual members-only meetings around legislative advocacy for the upcoming General Assembly Session.

  • Our next Winter Conference is scheduled for December 8-10, 2021