OCEAN CITY, Md. - The 62nd annual Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference kicked off Wednesday at the Convention Center in Ocean City.
Dozens of elected officials from Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City gather each year to share ideas and find solutions to challenges in local government.
This year's theme is "Bringing it All Back Home," focusing on tourism as an economic driver, ways to plan for and encourage growth, and how to bring new business to Maryland.
"You've got banking services and engineering firms and consultants. Folks who do business with county governments. And if you're a purchasing agent or county commissioner and you come through this hallway, you might come up with an idea that can save your taxpayers a lot of money," MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson said.
We're told the conference will draw more than 2,000 people to Ocean City this year.
MACo is a non-profit organization which serves Maryland county governments by articulating their needs and ideas to the Maryland General Assembly.