Charles County, Maryland

County Leaders to Focus on Maryland Tourism and Economic Growth at Annual Conference

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 11:05am

County Leaders to Focus on Maryland Tourism and Economic Growth at Annual Conference

The Charles County Commissioners, senators, delegates, and other representatives of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City will gather in Ocean City, Md., for the 2013 Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) summer conference, Aug. 14-17.  Local government officials make attending the MACo summer conference a priority because they gain knowledge and understanding of the most important issues facing local governments.  At the conference, they are able to share ideas and find solutions to challenges at home.

The theme of the 2013 conference is “Bringing it All Back Home,” focusing on tourism as an economic driver, ways to plan for and encourage economic growth, and how cooperation among different levels of government and the private sector can result in bringing new business to Maryland.

During the opening session, The Charles County Commissioners and MACo officials will present a Hall of Remembrance at the Dockside Hall, dedicated to all Maryland POWs/MIAs who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. 

“MACo's Summer Conference is an opportunity for counties across the state to come together and share meaningful ideas. This year's conference will focus on economic development and tourism in Maryland.  Business development and tourism opportunities are key to driving economic recovery for our state and our county,” said Commissioner President Candice Quinn Kelly.

Commissioner Vice President Reuben B. Collins, II (District 3) said, “Attending the MACo conference is an opportunity to learn from leaders throughout the state.  This year’s emphasis on economic development is especially important to me because that means jobs in Charles County.  Another focus will be tourism and that means bringing home the dollars needed to lessen the burden on our citizens.  We have so much history in our county and throughout Southern Maryland that it only makes sense to send a message globally about the cultural and educational attractions we have to offer.”

“I have always found attending MACo events to be an invaluable resource. I am excited that this summer’s conference will focus on tourism, as Charles County has some dynamic ideas to expand our marketing plans that will enhance and promote the county as a destination. As a fan, I love that MACo will be using the title of a Bob Dylan album to highlight tourism as an economic engine for Maryland jurisdictions,” said Commissioner Ken Robinson (District 1).


MACo is a non-profit and non-partisan organization that serves Maryland county governments by articulating their needs and ideas to the Maryland General Assembly.