Counties Matter Challenge: Brilliant Ideas at Work

Counties play an essential role in keeping America’s communities healthy, vibrant and safe. With public and private sector partners, we pursue innovative approaches to advance public health and well-being, protect public safety and foster economic strength and resiliency.

Under the leadership of National Association of Counties (NACo) President Bryan Desloge, NACo is embarking on an initiative in 2016 and 2017 to identify and share 100 examples of visionary county leadership that results in improving residents’ quality of life. 

Working with NACo members, state associations of counties and NACo affiliates, we will build an online honor roll that highlights county innovation at its best. 

Through this presidential initiative, NACo is working with county leaders and partners to share best practices that bolster our nation’s ability to thrive amid ever-changing physical, social and economic conditions. Though no two of America’s 3,069 counties are alike, many face similar challenges and learn from one another’s experiences.

To remain healthy, vibrant, safe, counties anticipate and adapt to challenges by thinking outside the box and demonstrating local leadership that makes a difference in people’s lives.

We encourage counties, parishes and boroughs to submit the most innovative projects in conjunction with NACo’s Achievement Award application process. 

Stronger Counties. Stronger America.

About NACo

The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America’s 3,069 county governments.  Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public’s understanding of county government, and exercise exemplary leadership in public service. 


Through NACo, county officials:

  • Advocate with a collective voice on national policy
  • Exchange ideas and build new leadership skills
  • Pursue transformational, cost-effective solutions
  • Enrich the public’s understanding of county government, and
  • Exercise exemplary leadership in public service.


Healthy, vibrant and safe counties across the United States.