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Washington Hilton 1919 Connecticut Avenue Washington , District of Columbia 20009
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2018 NACo Legislative Conference - National Association Of Counties

Attendees

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Register

$150 - $1,010

Overview

Event Overview:

NACo holds three major conferences throughout the year.  NACo conferences address current issues facing counties and provides an opportunity for members to network and gain knowledge and information to take back and use in their own county.

The NACo Legislative Conference is held on an annual basis in Washington, DC. This meeting brings over 2,000 elected and appointed county officials from across the country to focus on legislative issues facing county government. Attendees hear from key Administration officials and members of Congress and are offered a myriad of additional educational opportunities addressing current and hot topic issues. A day of lobbying on Capitol Hill the last day rounds out an information-packed conference.

Attendee Information:

Why Attend the NACo Legislative Conference?

Meeting in Washington, D.C. gives you access to key decision makers that no other city can provide. The NACo Legislative Conference focuses on timely and pressing federal policy issues that have an impact on America’s county governments.  Attendees help shape NACo’s policy priorities and positions, advancing our message to key federal decision makers, and receive training on the latest information and tools. 

Educational offerings will cover cutting-edge solutions to help you lead your county and networking provides valuable interaction and time to share and learn from county peers across the U.S.

About NACo:

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States.  Founded in 1935, NACo assists America’s 3,069 counties in pursuing excellence in public service to produce healthy, vibrant, safe and resilient counties.  NACo promotes sound public policies, fosters county solutions and innovation, promotes intergovernmental and public-private collaboration and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money.

With its headquarters on Capitol Hill, NACo is a full-service organization that delivers its services through its dedicated and skilled staff who comprise the following departments: Executive Management, Legislative Affairs, Public Affairs, County Solutions and Innovation, Information Technology, Finance and Administration and the Financial Service Corporation.​

Agenda

Mar 3   

7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Registration Open

Columbia West, Terrace Level

 

8:00 am to 9:30 am

First Time Attendees Orientation and Breakfast

Georgetown, Concourse Level

 

8:00 am to 11:00 am

NACCTFO: Human Resources - Recruiting Good Employees

Columbia 2, Terrace Level

 

8:15 am to 9:00 am

Policy Coordinating Committee Meeting #1

Columbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

 

9:00 am to 10:00 am

Community, Economic and Workforce Development Policy Steering Committee - Resolutions Meeting

Columbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

9:00 am to 10:00 am

Public Lands Policy Steering Committee - Resolutions Meeting

International Ballroom East, Concourse Level

9:00 am to 10:00 am

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Resolutions Meeting

International Ballroom West, Concourse Level

 

9:00 am to 10:30 am

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Jefferson, Concourse Level

 

9:00 am to 11:00 am

Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee - Meeting on Resolutions

Columbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

 

9:00 am to 11:30 am

Human Services and Education Joint Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Columbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

Marjorie Sims

Managing Director, Ascend, The Aspen Institute

9:00 am to 11:30 am

Telecommunications and Technology Steering Committee Meeting

Columbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

 

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee - Morning Meeting

Lincoln, Concourse Level

9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs Policy Steering Committee Meeting

Columbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

 

10:00 am to 11:30 am

Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee - Joint Subcommittees Meetings

Columbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

Sarah Mickelson

Policy Director, National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)

Doug Lynott

Director of Economic Development Integration, Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

Diane Jones

Senior Political Adviser, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

 

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Public Lands Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

International Ballroom East, Concourse Level

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

International Ballroom West, Concourse Level

Hon. John L. Mica

Former Member of Congress and Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Cathy F. Gautreaux

Deputy Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Anthony Bedell

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Transportation

 

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Jefferson, Concourse Level

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Audit Committee Meeting

Morgan, Lobby Level

 

11:30 am to 5:00 pm

Tech Town Hall, Part 2

Georgetown, Concourse Level

 

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Finance Committee Meeting

Morgan, Lobby Level

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Two-Generation Approach to Combating Multi-Generational Poverty in our Nation’s Counties

With over 15 million children in the United States living below the poverty line, counties across the country are face challenges in providing services to families in both urban and rural communities. Research shows that successful policies and programs must focus on a two-generation approach, which addresses the cycle of poverty caused by disparities in access to employment, healthcare, education and housing. A two-generation approach is critical to combatting multi-generational poverty as it creates opportunities for and addressing the needs of children and families. During this session, attendees will be introduced to the two-generation approach and learn how counties across the country are integrating this innovative concept within current human services, health and workforce programs and policies at the local level.

Marjorie Sims

Managing Director, Ascend, The Aspen Institute

The Hon. Roy Charles Brooks

NACo President; Commissioner, Tarrant County, Texas

Hon. Nancy Sharpe

Commissioner, Arapahoe County, Colo.

 

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Columbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

 

1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

NACCTFO: Strategic Planning & Leadership - Turning Your Vision into Action

Columbia 2, Terrace Level

1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

International Ballroom West, Concourse Level

Robert Mariner

Deputy Director, Office of Infrastructure Finance and Innovation, U.S. Department of Transportation

Earl Lawrence

Director, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Officer, Federal Aviation Administration

 

1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Columbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

 

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Public Lands Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

International Ballroom East, Concourse Level

 

2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Columbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

Jason Woolwine

Professional Staff Member, Majority, Senate Transportation, Housing and Development Appropriations Subcommittee

Karen Wiley

Community Development Manager, Salt Lake County, Utah

2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Human Services and Education Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Columbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee - Afternoon Meeting

Lincoln, Concourse Level

 

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

National Association of County Administrators (NACA) Executive Board Meeting

Northwest, Lobby Level

 

5:00 pm to 5:45 pm

Policy Coordinating Committee Meeting #2

Columbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

 

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

NACHFa Annual Meeting

Jay, Lobby Level

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

National Association of County Intergovernmental Relations Officers (NACIRO) - Business Meeting

Jefferson East, Concourse Level

 

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Colorado Counties Caucus

Columbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

Mar 4   

7:00 am to 8:00 am

Non-Denominational Worship Service

Columbia 2, Terrace Level

 

7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Registration Open

Columbia West, Terrace Level

 

8:00 am to 9:30 am

Gulf States Counties and Parishes Caucus

Columbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

The purpose of the Gulf States Counties and Parishes Caucus (GSCPC) is to promote a clearer understanding of mutual challenges of Gulf Coast counties and parishes and their citizens. The Caucus will be discussing state implementation of the RESTORE Act, reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program and more.  Caucus membership is open to all NACo county and parish government officials from Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida.

 

9:30 am to 11:00 am

GIS Subcommittee Meeting

Columbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

 

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Large Urban County Caucus

Columbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Rural Action Caucus

Columbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

 

11:00 am to 12:00 pm

IT Standing Committee Meeting

Columbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

 

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Membership Committee Meeting

Lincoln West, Concourse Level

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Resilient and Healthy Counties: Strengthening Counties’ Resilience by Addressing the Public Health Impacts of Natural Disasters

Georgetown, Concourse Level

Recognizing that counties need to be prepared for their community’s public health needs before, during and after natural disasters strike, this session will focus on strategies for creating a resilient county public health system. County elected officials must work with their health and emergency management departments to prepare for and appropriately respond to public health issues.  In this session, county leaders will share how they have responded to past disasters and how they are making changes today to mitigate future impacts. Lunch will be provided.

Open to all. This is a joint meeting of the Resilient and Healthy Counties Advisory Boards.

Dr. Umair A. Shah

Executive Director of Harris County Public Health

Phil Maytubby

Director of Public Health Protection, Oklahoma City-County Health Department

The Hon. James Gore

Supervisor, Sonoma County, Calif.

The Hon. Toni Carter

Commissioner, Ramsey County, Minn.

 

12:30 pm to 3:00 pm

NABCO/NOBCO Meeting

International Ballroom East, Concourse Level

 

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Veterans and Military Services Committee Meeting

Columbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

Jim Wartski

North Atlantic District Veterans Experience Officer, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Veteran Experience Team

 

1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Western Interstate Region (WIR) Board of Directors Meeting

Columbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

Jordan Smith

Executive Director, National Endangered Species Act Reform Coalition

 

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Defined Contribution and Retirement Advisory Committee Meeting

Columbia 3, Terrace Level

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

FSC Advisory Committee Meeting

Columbia 4, Terrace Level

 

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Cultivating A Creative Workforce Through the Arts: A NACo Arts and Culture Commission Meeting

Columbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

Creativity drives innovation and is one of the most important leadership skills an employee can have in today’s workforce. Counties can drive creativity and creative thinking by supporting arts education programs that have been shown to cultivate happier, healthier workforces. This session will explore the ways creativity can be fostered within a community, focusing specifically on programs for entrepreneurs, veterans and active duty military.

Open to all.

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Programs and Services Committee Meeting

Columbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

The Programs and Services Committee advises the NACo Officers and the Board of Directors regarding the development of NACo programs and services.   In this session, committee members will have the opportunity to review NACo’s County Leadership Institute (CLI), leadership development workshops and work on best practices in service sharing and citizen engagement. The goal is to get input from Programs and Services Committee members on current and future NACo services. Open to all.

Alana Hurley

Leadership Development Manager

Christina Iskandar

Program Director

 

 

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

National Association of County LGBT Leaders and Allies

Jefferson, Concourse Level

Every year, the Human Rights Campaign in conjunction with the Equality Federation Institute publish the Municipal Equality Index (MEI), which examines the inclusivity of municipal laws, policies and services for LGBTQ residents in local communities. Learn about the process that goes into compiling the annual report in a presentation given by the Human Rights Campaign.

 

1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce (Additional registration and fee required)

Columbia 2, Terrace Level

Learn effective management and leadership techniques for today's generationally diverse workforce in this interactive, in-depth workshop. Participants will learn the defining characteristics of each generation, how to keep staff engaged, surprising factors that affect employee morale and how managers can create dynamic, harmonious teams across generations.

Additional registration fee: $25
Sign up when you register or complete this form

Brian Muir

President, The James Madison Group

 

1:45 pm to 3:15 pm

State Association Meeting Planners Meeting

Holmead, Lobby Level

 

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Immigration Reform Task Force Meeting

Fairchild, Terrace Level

 

2:30 pm to 5:00 pm

NACA Idea Exchange

Lincoln East, Concourse Level

 

3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

State Association Deputy Directors and Staff Meeting

Georgetown West, Concourse Level

 

3:15 pm to 4:45 pm

North Carolina Association of Black County Officials (NCABCO) Business Meeting

Boundary

By invitation only.

 

3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

NACo Board Forum

Jefferson, Concourse Level

 

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

PA Counties Caucus

Holmead

 

4:45 pm to 5:45 pm

NACo NextGen Business Meeting

Columbia 3, Terrace Level

 

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Alabama Delegates Caucus/Reception

Columbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Meeting of National Association of County Civil Attorneys (NACCA)

Columbia 2, Terrace Level

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Mississippi Caucus Meeting

Jay

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

National Association of County Administrators (NACA) Reception

Oak Lawn, Lobby Level

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

National Association of County Planners (NACP) Meeting

Picastaway, Lobby Level

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Oregon Caucus

Columbia 9 &10

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Oregon Caucus

Columbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

 

5:45 pm to 6:45 pm

NACo NextGen and CLI Reception

Morgan, Lobby Level

Mar 5   

7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Registration Open

Columbia West, Terrace Level

 

7:30 am to 8:30 am

Central Region Caucus Meeting

Columbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

7:30 am to 8:30 am

Northeast Region Caucus Meeting

Columbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

7:30 am to 8:30 am

South Region Caucus Meeting

Columbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

7:30 am to 8:30 am

West Region Caucus Meeting

Columbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

 

9:00 am to 10:30 am

General Session

International Ballroom, Concourse Level

Hon. David J. Shulkin

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs

 

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

NACIO Board of Directors Meeting

Columbia 2, Terrace Level

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

NCCAE Business Meeting

Georgetown East, Concourse Level

 

10:45 am to 12:00 pm

Compare Your County: How to Use the County Explorer Benchmarking Tool

Columbia 3, Terrace Level

Learn how to use the new County Explorer Benchmarking Tool in this interactive, in-depth workshop. This training will demonstrate how to use the new tool for comparing a county across several indicators with other counties, its state, similarly sized counties or the median for the 3,069 counties. Participants will also become familiar with faster ways to get to the stats for their county. Learn how to use this NACo tool for benchmarking, communication and advocacy. Bring your laptop!

Hon. Joe Briggs

County Commissioner, Cascade County, Mont.

Ricardo Aguilar

Data Analyst

10:45 am to 12:00 pm

Counties' Engagement in Telehealth

Telehealth offers many opportunities to deliver direct health services such as preventative and speciality care and to coordinate information, training and administrative services aimed at addressing health disparities affecting vulnerable populations while reducing healthcare costs. Telehealth can reduce transportation barriers and reduces workforce shortages due to shared health professional staffing. This sesssion explores telehealth services and lessons learned from county engagement.

10:45 am to 12:00 pm

Disaster Response and Recovery, Part I: Leveraging Community, Volunteer and Faith-Based Partnerships for Effective Disaster Response

Columbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

In the immediate aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, it was evident that local governments and the emergency management community needed to engage a broader cross-section of faith and community-based organizations in all stages of disaster response. This session will provide best practice examples of counties who successfully partnered with key community stakeholders to maximize their effectiveness immediately following a crisis event. 

10:45 am to 12:00 pm

Federal Tools for County-Driven International Economic Development

Lincoln East, Concourse Level

From employment in U.S. subsidiaries of foreign businesses, to jobs in U.S. companies exporting abroad, international trade brings many jobs to county economies. Counties play an essential role in creating the business-friendly environment for these activities. In this meeting, representatives from various federal agencies will talk with county officials about tools that the federal government can offer counties wishing to expand international trade and business in their county. The meeting is structured in 15-minute sessions that allow county officials to network directly and in small groups with the representatives, foster connections and learn how they can partner with the federal government to encourage economic growth through international investment and exports. This session is hosted by the International Economic Development Task Force and open to all conference attendees.

William Fanjoy

USEAC Director, U.S. Export Assistance Center of D.C. & Virginia

Steve Miller

Investment Specialist, SelectUSA

Mark Troppe

Senior Vice President, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness

10:45 am to 12:00 pm

Impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Childhood Poverty

Columbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the scientific impact of toxic stress on the developing brain have been linked to numerous negative outcomes spanning into adulthood. Hear from experts and county governments that have implemented trauma-informed programs that promote resiliency, well-being, self-sufficiency and economic mobility in their communities. This workshop focuses on strategies for families, particularly with children aged 0 - 3 years. 

10:45 am to 12:00 pm

Outlook for Federal Legislative and Policy Issues Impacting Counties

Columbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

As the Trump Administration enters year two and the 115th Congress begins its second session, join the NACo legislative team for a rapid-fire discussion on the top issues facing counties in 2018 including healthcare, entitlement reform, transportation and infrastructure, public lands management and payments, environmental regulations and much more.

10:45 am to 12:00 pm

The Fully Respectful Workplace

Fairchild, Terrace Level

Join Dr. Chris Kilmartin for a vital conversation about what the fully respectful workplace is and your role in helping to create it. From discrimination to workplace behavior to recognizing and ending harassment, Dr. Kilmartin brings years of experience and insight to this mission-critical topic.

Dr. Christopher Kilmartin

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology

 

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Attendee Luncheon

International Ballroom, Concourse Level

 

1:45 pm to 3:00 pm

Building and Supporting Cross-System Data Sharing

Columbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

There is a growing need within counties to better align resources and coordinate services and supports, as many of the populations served by various county departments are connected to multiple systems, including county-supported health, human services and justice systems. Automated data sharing and integration is one way to connect systems and share information across systems, but jurisdictions must implement effective data governance to ensure information is collected, used and protected appropriately. In this workshop, learn from national experts and counties on how to establish policies and practices to safely and effectively share data across systems and, in the process, achieve system efficiencies. 

Debbie Allen

Chief Justice Planning Officer, Adams County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee

Sarah Davis

Data Analyst, Pima County Behavioral Health

Andrew Owen

Executive Director, Open Justice Broker Consortium

1:45 pm to 3:00 pm

Building Citizen Buy-In

Columbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

County government management and operations rely on citizen engagement for many reasons, including votes on bond proposals and tax increases, input on budget proposals and key advisory boards. This workshop will focus on more ways counties can harness and increase citizen engagement in overall operations and management, validating decision-making and working effectively as a community. This workshop covers using social media to rapidly mobilize a community, successful messaging and other public outreach tools.

Dena R. Diorio

County Manager, Mecklenburg County, NC

1:45 pm to 3:00 pm

Disaster Response and Recovery, Part II: Working with State and Federal Partners & Your Business Community for Sustainable Recovery

Columbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

As counties respond to catastrophic events such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes, it is important to understand how to best utilize the suite of resources that are available from partners at the Federal and state government levels. It is also critical that counties work with their business community to better coordinate the resources and logistical support that may be needed and available. This session will provide examples of how key partners can provide support in the months following a natural disaster.  

1:45 pm to 3:00 pm

NCCAE Continuing Education Workshop

Georgetown East, Concourse Level

1:45 pm to 3:00 pm

Tweeting the System: Social Media Dos and Don'ts with Congress

Columbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) conducted a recent survey of Congressional staff and identified how offices are using social media, who is responsible for social media strategies, and what staffers see as the benefits and drawbacks of social media. Join Brad Fitch, the CEO of CMF, to learn how Congress is using social media to communicate Members' views, how staff communicates social media content from platforms to policy staff and legislators, strategies for getting the attention of Members' offices and simple social media methods to enhance your advocacy influence.

 

1:45 pm to 4:30 pm

NACo Board of Directors Meeting

Jefferson, Concourse Level

 

1:45 pm to 5:00 pm

Crisis Communications (Additional fee and registration required)

Fairchild, Terrace Level

Take a deep dive into crisis management through strategic communications in this interactive workshop. Using real and relevant crisis situations, participants will learn best practices while developing an actionable crisis communications plan to successfully address crises back home.

David G. Luke

President and Creative Director, 4Forward Inc.

 

3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

Budgeting Basics for Newly Elected Officials

Columbia 3, Terrace Level

Learn the budget basics that every newly elected official must know to succeed. Join the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for a practical workshop on understanding your country's budget process, avoiding common pitfalls, and start 2018 ahead of the budget game with a solid foundation of budget knowledge - even if you're not a numbers whiz.

Laura Montoya

Treasurer, Sandoval County, NM

3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

Building Trust Through Performance Metrics

Columbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

In an increasingly complex world, counties are tasked with meeting growing demands with fewer resources. To meet this challenge effectively, many counties track performance to review progress and adjust day-to-day operations. This session discusses how counties of all sizes track performance, existing processes and lessons learned. 

Steven Bosacker

Principal, Public Sector & Partnerships, Living Cities

Peter Austin

County Administrator, McHenry County, Ill.

Dewey Harris

Assistant County Manager, Catawba County, N.C.

3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

Designing and Financing "Smart" County Infrastructure

Columbia 4, Terrace Level

Counties play an essential role in developing transportation and infrastructure networks that ensure residents are protected and well-connected. Explore how counties can invest now in future-facing “smart” technologies and leverage all available financing options.

3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

Fueling Job Growth by Tapping into the New Energy Economy

Columbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

Innovative economic and workforce development strategies are essential to enhance community vitality and citizen prosperity.  This session explores how counties of all sizes and geographies are tapping into new, rapidly growing energy technologies and markets to fuel job growth, diversify local economies and broaden revenue bases. Hear from experts and learn from counties investing in the new energy economy.

Chuck Sexton

President/CEO, One East Kentucky

Hon. Casey Tighe

Commissioner, Jefferson County, Colo.

Hon. Kelley Minty Morris

Commissioner, Klamath County, Ore.

Chris Walker

Project Manager, The Solar Foundation

3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

Nationwide Retirement Session: Financial Legislative Update: 2017 Tax Reform Act

Columbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

This workshop provides a review and analysis of the 2017 Tax Reform Act that may affect you and your employees. Nationwide's Government Relations team will present key features of the tax reform bill and its financial, retirement and business impact, and discuss what key provisions may boost long-term economic growth.

3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

Stepping Up: Communications Strategies on County Efforts to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails

Columbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

More than 400 counties have joined the national Stepping Up initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in their jails. Although counties have made progress in addressing this issue, many still struggle to effectively communicate their efforts to the public and the media. During this workshop, county leaders will hear from their peers about strategies for engaging the public and media around their work to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in their jails and key messaging points to gain support for these efforts.

Hon. Bill Hall

Commissioner, Lincoln County, Ore.

3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

Vision, Values & People: Understanding Your Workplace's Culture and Why It Matters

Columbia 2, Terrace Level

Workplace culture is the most important factor in employee retention and morale - but it's the most misunderstood and hardest to change. Join Catch Your Limit for a dynamic session on understandinh how you affect - and can change! - your workplace's culture. A must-attend for members in leadership and management positions. 

Melissa Laughon

Catch Your Limit

Tom Laughon

Catch Your Limit

 

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

California Caucus

Georgetown West, Concourse Level

 

4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

North Carolina Caucus Meeting

Jefferson, Concourse Level

 

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Minnesota Delegation Caucus

Northwest

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Wisconsin Counties Association Reception

Georgetown East, Concourse Level

 

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

National Conference of Republican County Officials Business Meeting & Reception

Columbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

National Democratic County Officers Business Meeting

Columbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

 

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

New Mexico Association of Counties Reception

Morgan

By invitation only

 

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

NCACC Sponsored Reception

Lincoln East, Concourse Level

 

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

LUCC/RAC Reception (by invitation)

Mar 6   

7:00 am to 8:30 am

National Association of Hispanic County Officials (NAHCO) 2018 Legislative Priorities Meeting

 

7:00 am to 1:00 pm

Registration Open

Columbia West, Terrace Level

 

8:00 am to 9:15 am

Counties Care: How to Effectively Serve Families in Need

Columbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

The roots of poverty strike deep within a community. The experiences of children aged 0-3 can have a profound impact on their social and economic wellbeing later in life, and cycles of poverty can perpetuate in a family simply because of inadequate care for the county’s youngest residents. This workshop will bring together county leaders to discuss their work in trying to break this cycle of multigenerational poverty through early childhood development efforts. Breakfast will be provided for attendees.

Matt Smith

County Manager, Dakota County, Minn.

Hon. Joshua Lang

Commissioner, Bedford County, Pa.

Carol Moehrle

Director, Idaho North Central Public Health District

8:00 am to 9:15 am

How to Save Your Money Without Wasting Valuable Time

Columbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

As requirements become more complex and budgets and resources shrink, purchasing supplies and services your county needs can often be a slow and expensive process. Cooperative purchasing may serve as an important tool in assisting local government officials save taxpayers’ dollars, without overworking lean staffs. Join us and gain insight on how your county can effectively “do more with less” in the public procurement process. Breakfast will be served.

8:00 am to 9:15 am

Leveraging Data and Visualization Tools to Keep Businesses Local

Columbia 4, Terrace Level

This interactive session explores how county leaders can work directly with their business community to drive even greater economic growth. Experience management and visualization experts will share specific tools, survey methods and visualization techniques that will help counties take the temperature of the business community, and develop strategies that can address business concerns head-on – before a company decides to move elsewhere.

8:00 am to 9:15 am

Public Values and Political Ethics

Columbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

This workshop explores the myriad competing values in the public sphere in a systematic way and discusses the nature of ethical obligations in public service. Participants come away with a consistent framework within which to place public values and new tools to resolve conflicts.

8:00 am to 9:15 am

The Opioid Crisis: Updates on Opioid-Related Litigation

Columbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

Counties are on the front lines of the opioid crisis in their communities. In 2017, several states and over 100 counties filed lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of opioids to recover the costs they have borne in prevention efforts, treatment and services as well as jailing residents addicted to prescription painkillers and heroin. In this workshop, state association executives from Florida, New York, North Carolina and Wisconsin will provide updates on opioids litigation in their states.

 

9:30 am to 11:45 am

General Session

International Ballroom, Concourse Level

Hon. William B. Long

Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency

Retired Gen. Stan McChrystal

Former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan

 

12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Hill Visits

Capitol Hill

 

1:00 pm to 2:15 pm

Adaptive Leadership 101/County Leadership Institute

Join Linda Langston and a panel of NACo's County Leadership Institute alumni for an inside look at adaptive leadership, what it is, and how it can change your leadership style. CLI alumni will share real-world examples of how attending CLI has impacted their leadership strategy. Recommended for NACo members considering attending CLI!

 

1:00 pm to 2:15 pm

Homelessness/ Affordable Housing

 

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

NACo President's Reception

International Ballroom, Concourse Level

Connect with fellow conference attendees over drinks and heavy hors-d'oeuvres at our closing networking reception. Whatever you do, don't forget to put on your dancing shoes for conference favorites - No Bad Ju Ju! 

Mar 7   

8:00 am to 10:00 am

Minnesota Congressional Breakfast

Offsite - Invitation Only

 

8:00 am to 3:00 pm

NACo Open House

NACo Office

Need a place to put your luggage while on the Hill? Please bring it to the Lobby of the First Floor Conference Center at the NACo Office and ask for a tour of our headquarters while you’re there!

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