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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (July 13, 2017) — Comptroller Peter Franchot and Deputy Comptroller Sharonne Bonardi have announced that the Comptroller’s Office will host the North Eastern States Tax Officials Association (NESTOA) annual meeting in downtown Baltimore in early September 2018.

“I'm pleased and delighted that NESTOA has chosen the City of Baltimore for its training conference,” Comptroller Franchot said. “Coming to Baltimore will give tax administrators from the region an opportunity to experience all of the city’s wonderful amenities — restaurants, shops, museums, sports facilities, the Inner Harbor, Science Center and National Aquarium — and will allow Marylanders to showcase our state’s diverse culture and economic viability supported by local businesses.”

“As a native Baltimorean and member of the FTA’s Board of Directors, I am honored that the Maryland Comptroller will host the NESOTA regional conference in Baltimore City,” Deputy Comptroller Sharonne Bonardi said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to support the city’s economy and provide an engaging venue for the region’s tax commissioners to collaborate and share best practices for effective tax administration.”

NESTOA includes tax agencies in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Philadelphia and New York City. NESTOA is one of four regions of the Federation of Tax Administrators (FTA), an association of tax agencies in all the states. The meeting is an opportunity for tax administrators to learn from one another and to improve the methods and efficiencies of tax administration. About 200 tax
administrators are expected to participate in the two-and-a-half-day meeting.

“Baltimore is one of our favorite cities for holding training meetings,” said Gale Garriott, FTA executive director. “The city is attractively priced — and that’s essential for a government meeting — it is easily reached from throughout the Northeast, and of course, there is a reason Baltimore is known as Charm City. Everyone enjoys having a few evenings in Baltimore.”

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