Governor Larry Hogan Visits MACo Exhibit Hall and 25th Annual Poor Girls Open
Highlights Administration’s Commitment to Local Jurisdictions
Governor Larry Hogan visited the Roland E. Powell Ocean City Convention Center on Thursday, August 16 to kick off the administration’s attendance at the 2018 Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Summer Conference in Ocean City, Md. The MACo exhibit hall features over 250 of the best of commercial, state, and county services and products from across the state, and sold out for 2018.
“Over the past four years, I have traveled from one corner of this great state to the other, and I have seen firsthand how valuable MACo is to our local jurisdictions and the vital role this gathering plays in bringing together state and local leaders to discuss important issues,” said Governor Hogan. “The leaders from across Maryland that are here this week are dedicated public servants who care deeply about the people they represent, which is why my administration has made working with MACo a priority and will always show up.”
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. The association’s membership is composed of county elected officials and representatives from Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. Approximately 2,500 representatives from county government, state government, and commercial companies across Maryland convene at MACo’s Summer Conference. Attendees discover best practices, learn about county solutions, and explore potential partnerships through general sessions, educational sessions, the tradeshow, a technology expo, and networking events.
Governor Hogan also stopped by the Poor Girls Open Fishing Tournament at Bahia Marina, a ladies only billfish release tournament benefiting breast cancer research, where he presented a Governor’s Citation.
“The Poor Girls Open is a beloved institution in Ocean City,” said Governor Hogan. “Not only is the event a lot of fun for locals and visitors, the team’s breast cancer fundraising efforts, more than $100,000 for the American Cancer Society, are vital for finding a cure for the terrible disease.”
The Poor Girls Open Fishing Tournament was started by Captain Steve Harman as a way for Ocean City waitresses and bartenders to have an affordable and fun competition while raising money for a very important cause. The tournament continues to grow with more than 100 boats entering in 2018.
Governor Hogan was at MACo through Saturday, August 18, when he will deliver the closing address.