Governor’s Office of Performance Improvement, Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs Host Events at 2018 MACo Summer Conference
Sessions Include Best Practices, Workshops on Open Data, Business Development
The Governor’s Office of Performance Improvement and the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs hosted two first-ever sessions at the Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference “Water, Water Everywhere” in Ocean City last week.
The Governor’s Office of Performance Improvement discussed transparency, efficiency, and accountability best practices during a session called “Open Government Work Group Roundtable Discussion” by showing county governments how to utilize data sharing, tracking, and management. This Office focuses on supporting Governor Hogan’s initiative to make state agencies more responsive, effective, and accountable through data-driven analysis and open data.
“County governments can improve data-driven outcomes and efficiency within agencies by using the Maryland Open Data Portal and other available analysis tools to track and improve performance,” said Mike Morello, Executive Director for the Governor’s Office of Performance Improvement. “Maryland is a leader in the nation for government performance and open data, and we are excited for the opportunity to help all jurisdictions use analytics important to their work.”
Also for the first time, the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs partnered with the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) to provide its signature Ready, Set, GROW! Procurement Connections Workshop.
“This is the kind of partnership that benefits the small business community,” said Jimmy Rhee, Special Secretary of the Governor’s Office for Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs. “Thanks to the kind folks at MACo, we were thrilled to bring our Ready, Set, GROW! workshop to the Eastern Shore.”
The Ready, Set, GROW! workshop is a business development program supporting Governor Hogan’s “Maryland is Open for Business” initiative. Small business owners are given insightful tips for navigating the procurement process, and then offered the opportunity to meet with buyers and small business resource organizations.
Over 40 small business owners and entrepreneurs attended to meet buyers from five state agencies, two county procurement units, two private sector companies engaged Maryland’s offshore wind project, and two small business resource organizations.