Municipal Government Education
Maryland Municipal League (MML) works both with our member cities and towns and on their behalf to educate citizens and students about Maryland municipal government. We have developed a variety of programs designed to allow our members to serve as ambassadors and shine the light on municipal government and increase the public’s knowledge about what municipalities bring to their community.
- Banner City /Town - The Banner City / Town designation is awarded to eligible municipalities in June. City- / town-elected and appointed officials are encouraged to work together to accomplish the five participation requirements. Municipalities that successfully complete the requirements are honored at the annual convention.
- “If I Were Mayor, I Would…” Essay Contest - Each year, MML and the Maryland Mayors’ Association invite 4th-grade students to participate in this statewide essay contest. The essay has a specific theme, annually, to help students think about ways to make their community a better place to live and work. The contest has educated over 22,000 students and their teachers about Maryland municipal government.
- MML Geocache Trail - In 2009, MML debuted the first statewide geocache trail. The MML Geocache Trail (similar to a treasure hunt) was designed to promote awareness of and visits to Maryland’s cities and towns. The trail had over 18,000 discoveries of municipal geocaches and drew hundreds of new tourists to Maryland’s cities and towns.
- Municipal Government Works (MGW) Month - Since 1993, Maryland’s cities and towns have celebrated MGW Month each November in an effort to promote citizens’ awareness of and interest in the government and their communities.