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Maryland Municipal League to Present Three Major Awards at Annual MML Convention, June 23-26, in Ocean City, Md.

O’Malley-Brown Administration to be Honored with MML’s 2013 Distinguished Service Award; Lifetime Achievement, Achievement Awards for Tourism to also be Presented

Annapolis, Md. (June 11, 2013) — The Maryland Municipal League (MML), representing nearly 160 Maryland cities and towns, will present awards in three major categories at its upcoming, 2013 Annual Convention, from June 23-26, in Ocean City, Md. Among the prestigious honors to be presented by the league this year will be the MML Distinguished Service Award, the MML Lifetime Achievement Award, and the MML Achievement Awards for “Creating a Tourism Niche.”

MML Distinguished Service Award: O’Malley Brown Administration

For the first time in MML history, in lieu of presenting its highest service award to a member or members of the Maryland General Assembly, the League will recognize the O’Malley-Brown Administration with its Distinguished Service Award. Governor Martin O’Malley and Lt. Governor Anthony Brown will be honored for their understanding of the plight of municipal governments, following four years of significant reductions in Highway User Revenues, with their strong support for the inclusion of a one-time infusion of municipal Highway User Revenues in the Fiscal Year 2014 State budget.

MML Lifetime Achievement Award

This award honors a current or former elected or appointed official who has demonstrated outstanding service to Maryland municipal government. Floyd S. “Pete” Elliott, former City of Cumberland council member will be honored with this distinction, for his role as an exceptional civil servant and neighborhood leader. For all 20 years of his time in elected office, Elliott served as Cumberland’s primary MML representative and was a member of MML’s Board of Directors.

MML’s 2013 Achievement Awards, for Creating a Tourism Niche

The 2013 MML Achievement Awards theme was “Creating Your Tourism Niche.” These awards honor cities and towns that have developed tourism initiatives that showcase their municipality’s assets and have successfully drawn visitors. Frederick, Md., the Large City Winner (10,000+ population) will receive an Achievement Award for its History Bicycle Loop project, which created a tour around the City of Frederick and focused on the city’s historic sites. Sykesville, Md. the Medium Town Winner (3,000-10,000 population), will receive an award for its Ghost & Legends Tours, which takes participants from throughout/across Maryland and neighboring states on tours that focus on Sykesville’s ghost stories.

The MML Annual Convention is the largest yearly gathering of hundreds of municipal officials including mayors, council members and aldermen, city and town managers and other municipal staff, as well as state elected officials and business leaders. The goal of the event is to bring together interested parties to share and learn about municipal issues and improve the operation of Maryland’s local cities and towns. Along with the presentation of MML awards, the convention features numerous networking and learning opportunities for city and town officials.

This year’s convention theme, Cherish the Past – Plan the Future, recognizes the rich history of Maryland’s cities and towns, along with the need for municipal leaders to be visionaries who look ahead to changing demographics and conditions and proactively plan a strong future for their cities and towns.

For more information about the Maryland Municipal League or the 2013 MML Convention, from June 23-26, please visit www.mdmunicipal.org.

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About The Maryland Municipal League:

Located at the Phipps Municipal Center in the state capital of Annapolis, The Maryland Municipal League (MML) was founded in 1936 and represents 157 municipal governments and two special taxing districts throughout the state of Maryland. A voluntary, non-profit, nonpartisan association controlled and maintained by city and town governments, MML works to strengthen and support municipal government through advocacy and the development of effective leadership. Through its membership in the National League of Cities MML offers legislative representation in Washington, urban research programs, and a national municipal government information exchange. MML is the only statewide organization in Maryland composed solely of municipal officials and devoted to the promotion of all branches of municipal administration.

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