Since 1991, NACo has encouraged counties across the country to actively promote county government programs and services. National County Government Month (NCGM) is celebrated each April by the nation's counties to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of county government. This year's theme is:
County resources are the core building blocks for healthy, vibrant and safe communities. Nationwide, we invest more than $100 billion each year in transportation, broadband services, water systems and public facilities. Counties run most of our nation’s local jails and courthouses, own the largest share of America’s road miles and operate more than 900 public hospitals and countless parks, libraries, firehouses and 911 call centers. County transportation and infrastructure are vital to boosting economic competitiveness, moving our food efficiently and maintaining a strong national defense.
NCGM presents an opportunity to highlight key transportation projects like new bridges, roads, resurfacing projects or other infrastructure work. Even if your county does not have transportation responsibilities, you probably fund infrastructure projects, which you can highlight.
You can also use other examples to show how your county plays a central role in your community and helps “move America forward.” Counties participate in NCGM by hosting a variety of community outreach events and activities, including tours of county facilities, recognition ceremonies for volunteers and county employees, outreach on county services and programs, sponsoring student essay or art contests and adopting resolutions.
One activity that you should pursue during NCGM is to meet with your members of Congress. When you meet stress to them that federal policy matters to counties and counties matter to America’s local communities. They should know that county governments are responsible for the fundamental building blocks for healthy, safe and vibrant communities and that federal policy decisions have a major, cascading impact on county government.
Share your county's plans and engage your community by posting your activities on social media using the hashtag #NCGM. You can send messages on Twitter to @NACoTweets or tag NACo on Facebook.
National County Government Month is a chance for you to show your community and county residents exactly
Why Counties Matter.