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About Ola Davis

Ola is the Local Government Program’s Assistant. She provides administrative support to the Alliance's Local Government team and to the Local Government Advisory Committee within the Chesapeake Bay Program.

Local Governments and Climate Experts Convene to Problem Solve on Community Flooding

Federal funding, collaboration, environmental justice and more examined at the 2020 Local Government Forum

Remembering Nelson Mandela and His Vision of Freedom

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” -Nelson Mandela

From the Desk of the Local Government Advisory Committee: How Local Governments Find a Voice in Bay Restoration

Three longtime LGAC members share their approach to community engagement.

From the Desk of the Local Government Advisory Committee: Chair, Second Time Running!

LGAC Chair, Ann Simonetti and Governor Larry Hogan at the 2019 Chesapeake Executive Council Meeting in Oxon Hill, MD, on September 5, 2019 (Image by Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program) As she happily enters into her second term as chair of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC), Ann Simonetti, former councilmember to Marysville

Former Mayor of Takoma Park, Bruce Williams, Honored at Past LGAC Meeting in Maryland

Sugarloaf Mountains Adamstown, MD The Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) held its final quarterly meeting of 2019 in December in Adamstown, Maryland. Former Mayor of Takoma Park, Bruce R. Williams, was honored by members of LGAC for his service to its Maryland delegation as he transitions into his new position as an emeritus

Local Elected Officials Explore the Colors on the Creek!

Earlier this month, the Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) was treated to a local gem nestled in Frederick, Maryland. Located within its downtown sector, Carroll Creek Linear Park is home to the Color on the Creek community waterway project that flows a quarter mile. It initially was part of a flood control plan built in

LGAC Welcomes Three New Members

The Local Government Advisory Committee is pleased to welcome three new members to its watershed wide delegation. You can get to know each of the new members below: Mark Dobbins Mark Dobbins is Chair of Maryland’s Northeast Planning Commission. He works at the University of Delaware as the Business Officer for the College of Earth,

The Local Government Advisory Committee Wanders Virginia’s Waterways!

The Virginia Delegation of LGAC from left to right: Andria McClellan, Ruby Brabo, Richard Baugh, and Jasmine Gore The Virginia delegation of the Local Government Advisory Committee to the Chesapeake Executive Council was pleased to host its first ever bus tour entitled Wandering Virginia’s Waterways last week! Virginia LGAC members: Richard Baugh, Councilmember,

2019’s Local Government Forum: Stormwater & Green Infrastructure Workforce Development

The 2019 Local Government Forum led by Kate Fritz, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay The Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC), in conjunction with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), held its 2019 Local Government Forum on September 11th, 2019 at the National Conservation and Training

Alliance Executive Director and Chesapeake Advisory Committee Chairs Meet With Maryland Governor Hogan

On June 11, 2019, Governor Larry Hogan met with the Chairs of the three Chesapeake Advisory Committees to hear their annual recommendations and priorities. Ann Simonetti, Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC), Matt Ehrhart, Citizens Advisory Committee, and Dr. Lisa Wainger (past chair), Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC), plus essential

Introducing the Local Leadership Workgroup

Formed out of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement’s goal to engage local leaders, the Local Leadership Workgroup (LLWG) seeks to enhance the knowledge capacity of local elected officials as well as other local leaders throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Operating out of the Chesapeake Bay Program, the Workgroup works closely with the Local Government Advisory Committee

Welcoming New LGAC Members!

The Local Government Advisory Committee to the Chesapeake Executive Council is pleased to welcome two new Maryland members, Ms. Patrice Bubar and Mayor Jacob Day, appointed by Governor Larry Hogan.  Both members were officially introduced to LGAC at their meeting in June. Patrice and Jacob join Sheila Finlayson, Alderwoman, City of Annapolis, Ronald Fithian, Commissioner,