​201​4 NACo Resilient Counties Forum

​Growing Stronger Places

The 2014 Resilient Counites Forum: Growing Stronger Places was held May 1-2, 2014 in San Francisco, California.


Kathy Nothstine
Progr​am Director
Community and Economic Development

Program Description

In order to remain healthy, vibrant, safe and economically competitive, America’s counties must be able to anticipate and adapt to all types of change. Resilient communities recover faster and better, and fostering resilience makes for a stronger community and a thriving county. As part of NACo President Linda Langston’s 2013-2014 presidential initiative, Resilient Counties, NACo is hosted a forum on May 1 and 2 in San Francisco to bolster county leadership in fostering community resilience.

Thursday Sessions

Opening Address and Response Panel: New Approaches to County Economic
Creating attractive and competitive business environments is critical to the resiliency of local economies.  Whether a mature or emerging economy, counties that can respond to and adapt to changing economic conditions will be better equipped to bounce back from downturns, support community and workforce development and facilitate sustainable growth.

Luncheon Keynote: Technology Tools to Improve County Resiliency
Counties are using innovative technology tools to streamline government processes.  This discussion will explore ways to promote county resiliency with tech-based resources to improve efficiency, manage assets and promote public health and safety.

  • Jeff Stiles, Vice President of Marketing, Accela, San Ramon, Calif.
  • Claire Jubb, Customer Service Manager, Charlotte County, Fla.
  • Ron Hughes, Chief Deputy State Information Officer, State of Calif.
  • Moderator: Hon. Gerald Hyland, Supervisor, Fairfax County, Va.

Addressing Supply Chain, Logistics and Infrastructure Management
Protecting and maintaining critical infrastructure assets is a key piece of resiliency, not only to ensure robust economic development but to minimize disruptions in post-disaster situations.  A panel of experts will discuss the barriers and opportunities for counties in supporting these critical systems.

  • Chris Poland, Consulting Engineer and Co-Chair, SPUR Resilient City Initiative, Walnut Creek, Calif.
  • Ezra Rapport​, Executive Director, Association of Bay Area Governments, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Moderator: Hon. Christopher T. Rodgers, Commissioner, Douglas County, Neb. and NACo Immediate Past President

Friday Sessions

Whole Community Approaches to Resiliency
This panel will highlight opportunities for county and civic leaders to join forces in community building and resiliency initiatives, and present case studies of counties and cities that have built networks among emergency management and disaster response professionals with faith-based and nonprofit organizations.  This discussion will investigate how county leaders can leverage social capital and foster relationships among civic and community leaders.

  • Russ Paulsen​, Executive Director, Community Preparedness and Resilience Services, American Red Cross, Washington, D.C.
  • Hon. Sally Heyman, Commissioner, Miami-Dade County, Fla.
  • Curt Summerhoff, Director of Emergency Management, Miami-Dade County, Fla.
  • Rev. Michael Pappas, Executive Director, San Francisco Interfaith Council  
  • Moderator: Jannah Scott, Th.D., Deputy Director, Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Climate Resilience App Challenge
With the support of NACo, National League of Cities, Public Technology Institute and ICMA, Esri is working with the White House to encourage tech innovators to help citizens, businesses and communities make smart choices in the face of climate change.  In this interactive session, county leaders will discuss emerging trends in data, innovation, citizen engagement and more, and identify critical needs that apps can address.  Through facilitated discussion, participants will help to create tools that help communities see, understand and prepare for climate risks by addressing challenges in public safety, transportation, economic development, health care and other topics. 

Facilitator: Roxanne Cox-Drake, Strategic Marketing Manager, Esri, Redlands, Calif.