NACo's 82nd Annual Conference & Exposition

Thursday, Jul 20

7:30 am to 6:00 pm

National Association for County Community and Economic Development (NACCED) Board and Committee Meeting

7:30 am to 6:00 pmRoom A220-221

9:00 am to 11:00 am

Nationwide Children's Hospital Campus Tour - Mobile Workshop - SOLD OUT

9:00 am to 11:00 amMeet at Convention Center Second Level Connector at 8:30 a.m.

This tour to one of America's largest and leading children's health care and research center facilities will allow you to experience the campus from the perspective of one of the million patients and families the hospital supports annually. Come learn about the hospital's transformative efforts in mental and behavioral health. 

Buses will depart the Greater Columbus Convention Center at 8:30 a.m.

Please note: Mobile Tours require pre-registration.

This tour is sold out.  If you are interested in attending a sold out tour, plan to be at the Mobile Tour Meeting Point on the Second Level Connector at the GCCC at least 15 minutes prior to the bus departure time. Walk-ups will be accepted on a space available basis.

 

 

11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Ohio State University Campus Agriculture Tour - Mobile Workshop - SOLD OUT

11:00 am to 3:00 pmMeet at Convention Center Second Level Connector at 10:30 a.m.

Learn how Franklin County and the City of Columbus are working with community partners to utilize food system development to revitalize neighborhoods, improve health, address food insecurity and serve as a tool for economic development.

Buses will depart the Greater Columbus Convention center at 10:30 a.m. This tour includes a late lunch.

Please note: Mobile Tours require pre-registraton.

This tour is sold out.  If you are interested in attending a sold out tour, plan to be at the Mobile Tour Meeting Point on the Second Level Connector at the GCCC at least 15 minutes prior to the bus departure time. Walk-ups will be accepted on a space available basis.

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Cybersecurity and Tier IV Data Center Mobile Tour - SOLD OUT

1:00 pm to 5:00 pmMeet at Convention Center Second Level Connector at 12:30 p.m.

Whether it’s your favorite business or someone’s iPhone, we’ve all heard about a company or person that has been impacted by a cybersecurity breach. At Nationwide, our cyber and data security technology is award winning and protecting our data is always top of mind. A Tier IV security rating is the highest rating a data center can get. There are only five in the United States – and two of those are Nationwide data centers. Join is for an exciting tour to see in person exactly how we keep our data safe. You’ll get an exciting behind the scenes look about the security measures we have in place and what goes into a Tier IV rating. Please join us to see how plan and participant data is safe with Nationwide.

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Farber Factory Tour

2:00 pm to 4:00 pmMeet at Convention Center Second Level Connector at 1:30 p.m.

Learn how Farber Specialty Vehicles, an established family-owned company headquartered in Franklin County and a U.S. Communities purchasing program supplier, partners with communities to provide unique and innovative vehicle solutions for counties and public agencies across the nation. Tour the factory that builds mobile classrooms, bloodmobiles, mobile command centers, communication vehicles, bookmobiles and more!

Sponsored by U.S. CommunitiesTM Government Purchasing Alliance. NACo is a founding member of this leading national government purchasing cooperative.

Please note: This tour requires pre-registration. Click on the title above to access the registration form.

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Credentials Desk Open

2:00 pm to 5:00 pmRoom A110-114

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

NACo Store Open

2:00 pm to 5:00 pmHall A Foyer

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Registration Open

2:00 pm to 5:00 pmRoom A110-114

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

National Association of County Human Services Administrators

2:30 pm to 4:30 pmRoom A224-225

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Open reception co-sponsored by the Healthy Counties Initiative and the Aetna Foundation

4:00 pm to 5:00 pmHyatt - Franklin A

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Colorado Caucus Meeting

5:00 pm to 7:00 pmRoom A212-214
Friday, Jul 21

7:30 am to 9:00 am

NACo Ambassadors Orientation

7:30 am to 9:00 amRoom C150-151

7:30 am to 5:00 pm

CIO Mobile Forum

7:30 am to 5:00 pmHyatt - Union ABC

The CIO Forum brings together county CIOs, county officials with a responsibility for a technology initiative or program, and Premier Corporate Members to address the latest technology issues impacting county government.

Director, Global Government, IBM Public Sector  
(919) 422-8253
Director, State and Local Government, Qualtrics  
 
Executive Director, Public Technology Institute and Associate Professor of Practice, Rutgers University  
 
Healthcare Strategy Lead, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services  
 
Director, Security Strategy & Compliance, AT&T Technology Operations  
 
County Information Service Officer, Tarrant County, TX  
 

7:30 am to 5:00 pm

Registration Open

7:30 am to 5:00 pmRoom A110-114

8:00 am to 9:00 am

Policy Chairs Coordinating Committee Meeting #1

8:00 am to 9:00 amRoom A220-221

8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Credentials Desk Open

8:30 am to 5:00 pmRoom A110-114

8:30 am to 5:00 pm

NACo Store Open

8:30 am to 5:00 pmHall A Foyer

9:00 am to 10:00 am

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

9:00 am to 10:00 amShort North B

9:00 am to 10:00 am

Public Lands Policy Steering Committee - Resolutions Meeting

9:00 am to 10:00 amUnion Station A

9:00 am to 10:00 am

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Resolutions Meeting

9:00 am to 10:00 amUnion Station C

9:00 am to 11:00 am

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

9:00 am to 11:00 amRoom C170-172

9:00 am to 11:00 am

NACIO Business Meeting - National Association of County Information Officers (Communications/PR/PIO Professionals)

9:00 am to 11:00 amRoom A224-225

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Health Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

9:00 am to 12:00 pmRoom C160-161

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

9:00 am to 12:00 pmRoom B232-235

The Justice and Public Safety Committee's Subcommittees meeting is open to all conference attendees and will feature updates from newly appointed leaders at the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as well as presentations from host Franklin County, Ohio and its neighboring counties on justice-related issues and innovations. 

Acting Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice  
 
Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Partnerships and Engagement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security  
 

9:30 am to 10:30 am

Human Services and Education Policy Steering Committee - Resolutions Meeting

9:30 am to 10:30 amRoom B130-132

9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Resolutions and Subcommittee Meetings

9:30 am to 12:00 pmRoom A212-214

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

10:00 am to 12:00 pmShort North A

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Community, Economic and Workforce Development Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

10:00 am to 12:00 pmShort North B

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Public Lands Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

10:00 am to 12:00 pmUnion Station A

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

10:00 am to 12:00 pmUnion Station C

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Audit Committee Meeting

10:30 am to 12:00 pmRoom A220-221

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Human Services and Education Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

10:30 am to 12:00 pmRoom B130-132

11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Scioto Mile and National Veterans Museum Presentation - Mobile Workshop - SOLD OUT

11:00 am to 2:00 pmMeet at Convention Center Second Level Connector at 10:30 a.m.

Nationally recognized, Columbus economic development leader and downtown revitalization expert, Guy Worley, CEO & President of Columbus Downtown Development Corp., presents highlights from successful public/private partnerships. Learn first-hand how vision, direction and leadership created key community amenities like the Scioto MileScioto Greenways, Lazarus Building and Columbus Commons, generating a lively and energetic atmosphere that has catalyzed $400 million in private investments with ongoing development. The development also includes the National Veterans Memorial & Museum currently under construction.​ Following the presentation, guests are invited to explore the area, enjoy lunch at the Jazz & Rib Festival or catch the chartered bus back to the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Buses will depart the Greater Columbus Convention Center at 10:30 a.m.

Please note:  Mobile Tours require pre-registration.

This tour is sold out.  If you are interested in attending a sold out tour, plan to be at the Mobile Tour Meeting Point on the Second Level Connector at the GCCC at least 15 minutes prior to the bus departure time. Walk-ups will be accepted on a space available basis.

 

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Finance Committee Meeting

12:00 pm to 1:30 pmRoom A222-223

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

NextGen Community Service Project to Benefit Nationwide Children's Hospital

12:00 pm to 1:30 pmRoom A210-211

Join us in stuffing backpacks for infants and teens who are admitted for treatment at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Please note:  This activity requires pre-registration and carries a fee of $25 per person which will contribute to the cost of items to be donated.

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Financial Services Center Advisory Committee

12:00 pm to 4:00 pmOffsite Location: Nationwide 10 West Offices

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

NACo Defined Contribution and Retirement Advisory Committee

12:00 pm to 4:00 pmOffsite Location: Nationwide 10 West Offices

12:15 pm to 1:45 pm

County Cannabis Roundtable

12:15 pm to 1:45 pmRoom C150-151

Our panel will discuss successes and challenges to implementing local cannabis laws at the local level. 

Supervisor Gore and Cara Martinson will moderate this session which will leave plenty of time for your questions.

Want more information? Check out NACo's County Cannabis Resources - www.NACo.org/cannabis - or the 2017 Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) Legislative Summary.

Legislative Representative & Federal Affairs Manager, California State Association of Counties  
 

1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Workshop Presentations focusing on Communication Strategies for Counties and State Associations

1:00 pm to 3:30 pmRoom B140-142

Sponsored by the National Association of Counties Information Officers (NACIO) 

Open to NACIO Members and NACo Conference Attendees

1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Environment, Energy and Land Use Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

1:00 pm to 4:30 pmRoom C170-172

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

1:30 pm to 3:30 pmShort North A

1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

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

1:30 pm to 4:00 pmShort North B

1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

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

1:30 pm to 4:00 pmRoom A212-214

1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

1:30 pm to 4:00 pmUnion Station C

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Public Lands Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

2:00 pm to 4:00 pmUnion Station A

2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Health Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

2:00 pm to 4:30 pmRoom C160-161

2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Human Services and Education Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

2:00 pm to 4:30 pmRoom B130-132
Executive Director, Public Children Services Association of Ohio  
 
Director of Child Protective Services, Fairfield County, Ohio  
 

2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

2:00 pm to 4:30 pmRoom B232-235

The Justice and Public Safety Committee's Business Meeting is open to all conference attendees; during this meeting, committee members will discuss and vote on jurisdictional policy resolutions and platform changes submitted to NACo prior to the conference. 

2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Telecommunication and Technology Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

2:30 pm to 4:00 pmRoom A220-221

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Rickenbacker Inland Port - Mobile Workshop - SOLD OUT

2:30 pm to 4:30 pmMeet at Convention Center Second Level Connector at 2:00 p.m.

Rickenbacker Inland Port is a global multi-modal logistics hub with an unparalleled location for distribution to U.S. and Canadian consumers.

Buses will depart the Greater Columbus Convention Center at 2:00 p.m.

Please note:  Mobile Tours require pre-registration.

This tour is sold out.  If you are interested in attending a sold out tour, plan to be at the Mobile Tour Meeting Point on the Second Level Connector at the GCCC at least 15 minutes prior to the bus departure time. Walk-ups will be accepted on a space available basis.

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Reception

4:00 pm to 6:00 pmHall A

The exhibit hall is an integral part of your NACo Annual Conference experience. Over 140 companies display products and services that will assist you in your quest to improve quality of life for residents and save money in the process. Be sure to leave time in your schedule to visit the hall and learn more!

4:15 pm to 4:45 pm

County Talk

4:15 pm to 4:45 pmHall A Booth 241

Demonstrating Cutting-Edge Situational Awareness Technologies for County First Responders. Improving critical situational awareness for county first responders is a huge undertaking. During this presentation and demonstration, GlobalFlyte, a Dayton, Ohio based company, will showcase its suite of ground-breaking technologies that meets Incident Commander and First Responder needs for better actionable real-time information, provided in a customizable platform that dramatically improves comprehension and overall situational awareness.

5:00 pm to 5:45 pm

Policy Chairs Coordinating Committee Meeting #2

5:00 pm to 5:45 pmRoom A220-221

5:15 pm to 5:45 pm

County Talk

5:15 pm to 5:45 pmHall A Booth 241

Increase County Revenue Through Surplus Disposal Processes. During this presentation and demonstration, Public Surplus, an online auction company will showcase how County Governments can get more money from their old surplus items using a state-of-art online auction system. This presentation will show how to reach more buyers to purchase old equipment as well as show the benefits of using an online system to redistribute items to departments or agencies within the County. Public Surplus has been doing this business for over 17 years and is constantly improving the capabilities and efficiency of surplus disposal within County governments. Please come join our presentation and feel free to ask any questions about your own County's unique surplus program!

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

NACo Opening Reception

6:00 pm to 8:00 pmOffsite - North Market

You won't want to miss this year's Opening Reception at the North Market (www.northmarket.com).  

Established in 1876, the North Market is Columbus' only remaining true public market. More than 30 merchants offer a wide variety of fresh, local, authentic food, many of which will be serving specialties for NACo attendees to enjoy. A local band will add to the festive atmosphere.

Located just one block from the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the North Market will be a great kick-off to our meeting - and will be a place for you to visit during breaks for a quick bite to eat.

 

7:15 pm to 10:15 pm

NACo night at the ballpark - Syracuse Chiefs vs. Columbus Clippers - SOLD OUT

7:15 pm to 10:15 pmOffsite - Huntington Park

Huntington Park is a county owned and operated minor league stadium. Completed in 2009, the ballpark is the home of the Columbus Clippers, (also owned by the county), the Triple-A minor league affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The 10,100-seat stadium is located in the Arena District of Columbus. It was named Ballpark of the Year by Baseballparks.com in 2009 for the "best combination of superior design, attractive site selection and fan amenities." In 2016, Forbes listed the Clippers as the fifth-most valuable Minor League Baseball team.

Be sure to stick around for a postgame firework display!

Limited Availability. Please request tickets (up to 4 per registered attendee) when registering for the conference. Tickets must be picked up from the Clippers counter located in the registration area on July 20 or 21.

Please note, all the complimentary tickets for the game have been reserved at this time. Please check with the ticket exchange desk, which will be located in the registration area, to check on availability.

Saturday, Jul 22

7:30 am to 9:00 am

GIS Subcommittee

7:30 am to 9:00 amRoom A222-223

The GIS Subcommittee will meet to discuss strategic directions for NACo to take on a continuing basis. The committee will identify and review topics/subjects of interest to NACo membership and will recommend various outcomes that could include, but are not limited to:

  • Topics for 2018 NACo Legislative Conference
  • Research and polling
  • Webinars
  • White Papers
  • Seeking contracts and grants to support specific activities
  • Books and or monographs
  • Product and service pilots for Counties
  • Best practices
  • Identify organizations, potential partner organizations, and other resources 

Speakers: Roger Mann, CEO, GlobalFlyte and Tim Shaw, COO of GlobalFlyte
Topic: “Increasing the Business Value of GIS – Visualizing and Comprehending at the Pace of Incidents”

7:30 am to 5:00 pm

Registration Open

7:30 am to 5:00 pmRoom A110-114

8:00 am to 9:15 am

Gulf States Counties and Parishes Caucus

8:00 am to 9:15 amRoom B130

8:00 am to 9:15 am

Solutions Session: Economic Development Tools for Retail - What's in your wallet?

8:00 am to 9:15 amRoom B140-142

Retail is a critical base for building vibrant communities because retail real estate is a catalyst of the global economy. A bellwether connecting Main Street and Wall Street, the industry stretches from the wallet to the global exchange. GIS technology is a key component of successful retail recruitment and retention.  Is your county using data and mapping tools to compete in today’s market? This session will provide an update on today’s retail landscape.  We’ll discuss the role of demographic and lifestyle data, and the use of location analysis and mapping tools, on economic development.  Finally, we will cover how to use technology and data to promote your community. Executives from the International Council of Shopping Centers ICSC, the global retail real estate association, and Esri, the world leader in GIS Technology, will discuss: the Retail Landscape today, and how to leverage the tools and resources to overcome the challenge of attracting, and keeping, retailers and developers and how to shift from “Attract” to “Grow”.

8:00 am to 9:15 am

Solutions Session: Free Program to Effectively Market Your County

8:00 am to 9:15 amRoom B143-145

CGI Communications, Inc. provides counties with innovative marketing solutions to position them for success in today's digital age. CGI's no-cost marketing programs help counties welcome future families, promote tourism, recruit new business and showcase quality of life through engaging online video content. Find out how your county can make your official website more informative and engaging though this cost free opportunity.

8:00 am to 10:00 am

First Time Attendees Breakfast

8:00 am to 10:00 amRoom C150-151

Join other first time attendees and NACo Ambassadors for breakfast and learn how to make the most of your conference attendance and all about NACo.

8:00 am to 5:00 pm

NACo Store Open

8:00 am to 5:00 pmHall A Foyer

8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Credentials Desk Open

8:30 am to 5:00 pmRoom A110-114

9:00 am to 10:00 am

NACHFa Annual Business Meeting

9:00 am to 10:00 amRoom A220-221

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Large Urban County Caucus

9:00 am to 12:00 pmShort North B

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Rural Action Caucus

9:00 am to 12:00 pmShort North A

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 am to 3:00 pmHall A

The exhibit hall is an integral part of your NACo Annual Conference experience. Over 140 companies display products and services that will assist you in your quest to improve quality of life for residents and save money in the process. Be sure to leave time in your schedule to visit the hall and learn more!

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

NACE- National Association of County Engineers Executive Committee Meeting

9:00 am to 3:00 pmRoom B240-241

9:15 am to 9:45 am

County Talk

9:15 am to 9:45 amHall A Booth 241

The Wendy’s Company & the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption:  A Partnership Model for Community Service. Founded by Dave Thomas in Columbus, Ohio in 1969, The Wendy’s Company believes its brand purpose is to create joy and opportunity through food, family, and community.  During this County Talk, The Wendy’s Company President and CEO, Todd Penegor, will discuss the Company’s commitment to community partnerships to help grow local economies, provide jobs, and find solutions to important social issues, such as foster care adoption. Rita Soronen, President and CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a national non-profit public charity, will explain the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program – an evidence-based, proactive, child-focused recruitment solution targeted exclusively on finding adoptive families for children who have been waiting in foster care the longest. 

9:15 am to 10:45 am

IT Standing Committee Meeting

9:15 am to 10:45 amRoom B232-235

The technology committee will meet to discuss strategic directions for NACo to take on a continuing basis. The committee will identify and review topics/subjects of interest to NACo membership and will recommend various outcomes that could include, but are not limited to:

  • Topics for 2018 NACo Legislative Conference
  • Research and polling
  • Webinars
  • White Papers
  • Seeking contracts and grants to support specific activities
  • Books and or monographs
  • Product and service pilots for Counties
  • Best practices
  • Identify organizations, potential partner organizations, and other resources

Speaker: Morgan Wright of Morgan Wright LLC
Topic: Body worn cameras and blockchain technology

 

10:00 am to 11:30 am

North Carolina Association of Black County Officials

10:00 am to 11:30 amHyatt - Delaware AB

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Crisis Communication Strategies for County Officials

10:00 am to 2:00 pmRoom A210-211

This 4-hour course will dive deep into the art of managing a crisis through strategic communications. You will learn how to recognize the challenges faced in traditional and social media and understand the processes to follow when you experience a crisis in your county.

Please note:  This course requires pre-registration and an additional $110 fee. Lunch is included in the registration fee.

Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst  
 

10:15 am to 10:45 am

County Talk

10:15 am to 10:45 amHall A Booth 241

Technology for your Treasurer/Finance Officer: Tools to Save Time and Enhance ROI for the County. Learn how your treasurers and finance directors can use the latest web-based technology to invest the county's funds more efficiently and effectively.

10:45 am to 11:30 am

Nominating Committee Meeting

10:45 am to 11:30 amRoom A220-221

11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Tech Town Hall

11:00 am to 3:00 pmHyatt - Franklin ABCD

All attendees of the NACo Annual Conference with an interest in technology are invited to attend! This Tech Town Hall is designed to be interactive and will include a mix of presentations and facilitated discussions with a focus on how counties are using technology

Regional Development Manager, NACo FSC  
(317) 502-7415
Regional Development Manager, NACo FSC  
(561) 236-4620
Healthcare Strategy Lead, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services  
 

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Improving Your County’s Drinking Water Quality: A Resilient Counties Discussion

12:00 pm to 1:30 pmRoom B230-231

Counties across the nation are grappling with significant water challenges, including aging infrastructure and poor water quality. These challenges can have lasting impacts on the health of residents and economy of the county. To protect and improve their drinking water, counties must organize and partner with local stakeholders around these common interests and educate residents and local businesses on the water management cycle. Panelists will discuss how they are working together to improve water infrastructure and quality in their counties.

PDF icon DOWNLOAD AGENDA, PDF icon DOWNLOAD POWERPOINTS

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Membership Committee Meeting

12:00 pm to 1:30 pmRoom B130

12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Healthy Counties Early Childhood Lunch Summit

12:00 pm to 3:00 pmRoom C150-151

Research confirms the lasting impact of early experiences – especially for children zero to three – and the importance of investing in systems that support young children and their families. Join this forum to hear from county leaders implementing early childhood policies and programs. National experts will also address brain and development research of young children along with the social and economic benefits of investing in early childhood efforts, particularly for children living in poverty.

PDF icon Children and Poverty Presentation , PDF icon The Economic Case for Investing in Young Children Presentation

12:15 pm to 12:45 pm

County Talk

12:15 pm to 12:45 pmHall A Booth 241

AEP: Building a Smart City: A perspective from a power utility. AEP is one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S., serving nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. Join Ram Sastry, AEP Vice President, Infrastructure and Business Continuity, as he shares how AEP Ohio operating company is partnering with the City of Columbus on the Smart Cities initiative to deploy smart technologies in support of the goals of Smart Columbus. 

12:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Western Interstate Region Board of Directors Meeting

12:30 pm to 3:00 pmRoom C170-172

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

JPS Emergency Management Subcommittee Meeting

1:00 pm to 2:30 pmUnion Station C

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

NACo LGBT Leaders & Allies Presents: LGBTQ Sensitivity Across the Criminal Justice and HR Spectrum

1:00 pm to 3:00 pmRoom B242-243

Representatives from our hosts in Franklin County will discuss issues of inclusion in the workplace including training, outreach and accommodations for LGBTQ employees, including employees who are transitioning between genders. Franklin County will also unveil a partnership with the Human Rights Campaign designed to bring County LGBTQ equality accomplishments into the HRC Metropolitan Equality Index. Speakers will then turn to the continuum of the justice system, and discuss how LGBTQ outreach, training and policies have been implemented in deputy recruiting and training, in inmate classification and housing and in reentry programming and supports.

Senior Human Resources Administrator, Franklin County, Ohio  
 
Deputy County Administrator, Franklin County, Ohio  
 
Chief Deputy, Corrections Division, Franklin County, Ohio Sheriff’s Office  
 

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Veterans and Military Services Committee Meeting

1:00 pm to 3:00 pmRoom A212-214

1:15 pm to 1:45 pm

County Talk

1:15 pm to 1:45 pmHall A Booth 241

A New Era of Public-Private Interdependence; Don’t Get Left Behind. Cross-sector partnership will be the key to solving government’s greatest challenges, and elected officials play a central role in this new era of public-private interdependence.

  • Elected Officials - Learn how to bring new resources for health care, education, infrastructure, criminal justice and MORE to your city. 
  • Corporate Leaders - Learn how to advance better government through strategic partnerships.
Senior Fellow, Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennyslvania  
(847) 870-0852

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Building Arts Partnerships to Bolster Your County's Health and Economy: A Meeting of the NACo Arts and Culture Commission

1:30 pm to 3:00 pmUnion Station A

This meeting will examine on how local governments, arts councils and arts organizations can work together to develop a healthy arts economy and build a sense of place within a community. Focusing on Franklin County, the panelists will discuss their arts initiatives, how they work with each other and how other counties can replicate their success. The discussion will include an overview of American for the Arts’ newly released Arts and Economic Prosperity 5, a national economic impact study of America's nonprofit arts and culture industry which collects data from 330 study regions across the United States (including 110 counties!).  

Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs, Americans for the Arts  
 
PDF icon DOWNLOAD AGENDA, PDF icon Columbus Museum of Art Presentation with Video Link on Slide 1, PDF icon Greater Columbus Arts Council Presentation with Video Links on Slides 4 & 5

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

FAA Drone Advisory Committee Outreach Meeting

1:30 pm to 3:00 pmC160-161

By invitation only - closed meeting.

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

State Association Meeting Planners Meeting

1:30 pm to 3:00 pmRoom B232-235

1:45 pm to 3:00 pm

NACo Board Forum

1:45 pm to 3:00 pmUnion Station B

2:15 pm to 2:45 pm

County Talk

2:15 pm to 2:45 pmHall A Booth 241

Applying Artificial Intelligence to Combat the Ransomware Crisis in State and Local Government. State and local governments are being systematically targeted with ransomware developed and distributed by international criminal organizations and nation states.   These attacks have become increasingly common in every kind of government agency, including utilities, police departments, educational institutions, and 911 centers.    In this session, we will discuss the current state of the ransomware crisis in state and local governments, using case studies to learn about the impact and cost of recent attacks.  In addition, we will discuss how and why artificial intelligence is effective relative to other techniques for combating ransomware attacks.  

Director of Cognitive Security Solution, SparkCognition  
 

3:15 pm to 5:00 pm

General Session

3:15 pm to 5:00 pmBattelle Grand
New York Times Best-Selling Author, "Orange is the New Black"  
 
Director, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center  
 

5:00 pm to 5:30 pm

NACo 2nd Vice President Candidates' Forum

5:00 pm to 5:30 pmBattelle Grand

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Alabama Delegates Caucus

5:00 pm to 6:00 pmRoom B131

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Iowa Caucus Meeting

5:00 pm to 6:00 pmRoom B232-233

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Missouri Delegation Caucus

5:00 pm to 6:00 pmRoom B132

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Minnesota Delegation Caucus

5:00 pm to 6:30 pmRoom A210-211

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

NACo LGBT Leaders & Allies Reception

5:00 pm to 6:30 pmOffsite - Level Dining Lounge, 700 N. High Street

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

PA Counties Caucus

5:00 pm to 6:30 pmRoom A220-221

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Women of NACo (WON) Leadership Network

5:00 pm to 6:30 pmHyatt-Franklin D

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Florida Association of Counties

5:00 pm to 7:00 pmHyatt - Suite TBD

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

NDCO (National Democratic County Officials) Reception

5:00 pm to 7:00 pmRoom B234-235

5:15 pm to 6:00 pm

NCRCO (National Conference of Republican County Officials) Business Meeting

5:15 pm to 6:00 pmRoom B242-243

5:15 pm to 6:15 pm

American Funds/Capital Group Cocktail Reception

5:15 pm to 6:15 pmHyatt - Franklin A

By Invitation Only.

5:15 pm to 7:30 pm

Route Fifty Roadshow

5:15 pm to 7:30 pmHyatt - Union CDE

Join Route Fifty for complimentary cocktails and a conversation around intergovernmental partnerships. This evening reception will explore how state and local leaders are successfully harnessing data, technology, and know-how to provide all levels of government with the right tools to operate efficiently, make informed decisions, and enable growth. We'll look at what makes a great partnership and how governments can build trust and create the right incentives to make every level of government more effective and efficient.

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Brilliant Ideas at Work: NACo’s Presidential Initiative Reception

5:30 pm to 6:30 pmHyatt - Union AB

By invitation only.

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

North Carolina Caucus

5:30 pm to 6:30 pmHyatt - Delaware AB

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Digital Counties Survey Awards Reception

5:30 pm to 7:00 pmHyatt - Delaware CD

By invitation only

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Oregon/Washington/Alaska Reception

5:30 pm to 7:00 pmRoom B246

6:00 pm to 6:30 pm

NCRCO (National Conference of Republican County Officials) Reception

6:00 pm to 6:30 pmRoom B244-245

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

NCACC Reception

6:30 pm to 8:00 pmHyatt - Franklin BC
Sunday, Jul 23

7:30 am to 8:30 am

Non-Denominational Worship Service

7:30 am to 8:30 amRoom A210-211

7:30 am to 9:00 am

Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming Associations of Counties Joint Breakfast

7:30 am to 9:00 amRoom A220-221

7:30 am to 9:00 am

Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland Breakfast

7:30 am to 9:00 amRoom B232-233

7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Registration Open

7:30 am to 4:30 pmRoom A110-114

7:45 am to 9:00 am

Aetna Healthy Counties Breakfast—The Opioid Epidemic’s Public Health Impacts, Sponsored by Aetna

7:45 am to 9:00 amRoom C150-151

Counties across the country are struggling to combat the public health crisis caused by the opioid epidemic. This breakfast discussion will explore the many impacts of the epidemic, successful public health interventions and county strategies for matching these models with public policy. County leaders and public health experts will discuss how they collaborate with other public and private entities to address this devastating crisis.

PDF icon Aetna's Initiative On Opioid Epidemic 2017 Presentation

8:00 am to 9:00 am

Credentials Committee Meeting

8:00 am to 9:00 amRoom A222-223

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost-Saving Strategies to Improve County Economic and Energy Resilience: A Resilient Counties Forum

8:00 am to 4:00 pmRoom C160-161

The Resilient Counties Forum is a FREE opportunity for county leaders to  gain a better understanding of how they can help meet county disaster management, energy cultivation and protection, resource recycling and infrastructure financing goals.

Project Officer, Office of the County Administrator., Charleston County, S.C.  
 
Program Director, Economic Development and Disaster Recovery, IBTS  
 
Commissioner, Cleveland County, Oklahoma  
 
Asst. Vice President of Community Affairs, BNSF Railway  
 
Partner and Executive VP, Resource Recycling Systems  
 
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8:00 am to 5:30 pm

NACo Store Open

8:00 am to 5:30 pmHall A Foyer

8:30 am to 1:00 pm

Credentials Desk Open - County Pick-up Only

8:30 am to 1:00 pmRoom A110-114

9:00 am to 10:15 am

Cash Management and Investing Public Funds: What Elected Officials Need to Know

9:00 am to 10:15 amRoom B230-231

9:00 am to 10:15 am

Fundamentals of a High-Functioning Pretrial Justice System

9:00 am to 10:15 amRoom B131

High-functioning pretrial systems include many elements, such as validated risk assessments, risk-based supervision and ongoing performance measurement. This workshop will feature a national expert detailing the fundamentals every county should have in its pretrial agency and system, and two counties will share their efforts to improve pretrial justice locally, including the use of evidence-based practices and regular population reviews.

Court Consultant to the Superior and District Court Judges, Yakima County, Wash.  
 

9:00 am to 10:15 am

Leading, Managing, Developing and Keeping Millennials

9:00 am to 10:15 amRoom B143-145

As of 2017, millennials comprise over 38% of the U.S. workforce and are estimated to make up 75% of the workforce in just eight years!  What are you doing now to develop them and how are you going to prepare for the upcoming millennial tsunami?  At this presentation you will learn the unique characteristics of the millennial generation and some techniques to lead, manage, and develop them; so you can not only keep them loyal to your organization, but also productive and engaged. As more and more baby boomers enter retirement we need to preserve their institutional knowledge, work ethic culture, and leadership principles and practices.  As Gen-X prepares to take the reins, they will need to understand and appreciate what millennials can do to help them achieve career and organizational goals.  Some say that it is simply the tendencies of youth that make the millennial generation the way they are and that given time they will be just like other generations.  The research shows otherwise.  Come and learn how to hasten their successful integration into your organization and community.

9:00 am to 10:15 am

NCCAE Professional Development Session

9:00 am to 10:15 amRoom B240-242

9:00 am to 10:15 am

Solutions Session: Connecting County Health and Justice Systems: Treating the "Whole Person"

9:00 am to 10:15 amRoom B243-245

Correctional facilities across the nation serve an estimated 2 million people with serious mental illnesses annually, with more than 75% also having a substance use disorder. The prevalence of people with serious mental illnesses in jails is 3-6 times higher than for the general population.

This session features two early engagers in the Stepping Up initiative – Johnson County (KS) and Bernalillo County (NM) – discussing their strategies to use data and technology to manage their justice-involved populations

The overall goals: Improve lives with effective diversion, care coordination and transitions of care among multiple agencies and programs.

Deputy County Manager, Public Safety Division, Bernalillo County, NM  
 
Director, Johnson County (KS) Mental Health Center  
 
Vice President and General Manager, Public Sector, Netsmart Technologies  
 

9:00 am to 10:15 am

Solutions Session: Regulating Marijuana: Emerging Challenges and Best Practices

9:00 am to 10:15 amRoom B234-235

2016 was a record year for marijuana legalization, with medical marijuana now decriminalized or regulated across half the US, and recreational marijuana legalized in eight states. With the emergence of legal marijuana comes a pressing need for counties to implement new regulatory processes. These new regulatory processes cut across departments (licensing, permitting, environmental health, public safety, etc.) and involve coordination amongst counties, cities, and states. County staff are being tasked with delivering new regulatory systems under tight deadlines and with high stakes for accuracy and compliance. In this panel, we will discuss emerging best practices (and current challenges) for marijuana regulatory programs. We’ll learn how pioneers like the City and County of Denver, CO addressed the challenges and opportunities presented by marijuana legalization, and cover several best practices you can take back to your county.

Cannabis Regulatory Specialist, Silver Lining Solutions  
 

9:00 am to 10:15 am

The County Role in Shaping America's Future Workforce

9:00 am to 10:15 amRoom B130

This workshop will explore the role of the chief local elected official in implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WOIA). WIOA is designed to assist job seekers access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. The session will include county best practices and examples that highlight the differences in local workforce areas such as urban versus rural, and single county versus multi-county areas.

Presented by the National Workforce Association

Director, Workforce Investment Board of Western Illinois  
 

9:00 am to 10:15 am

Using Technology to Build Healthier Counties

9:00 am to 10:15 amRoom B140-142

Technology access and improvements strongly correlate with better heath. Join us for a discussion with county leaders and experts about how counties can use technology to better meet the current health care needs of their residents and provide a variety of health care services. The conversation will also consider the future of technology and what counties can do to prepare for and get ahead of technological health care advances.

Senior Advisor for Connected Health, Connect 2 Health, Federal Communications Commission, FCC  
 
PDF icon Project ECHO Presentation

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 am to 12:00 pmHall A

The exhibit hall is an integral part of your NACo Annual Conference experience. Over 140 companies display products and services that will assist you in your quest to improve quality of life for residents and save money in the process. Be sure to leave time in your schedule to visit the hall and learn more!

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

NACo Board of Directors and Resolutions Committee Meetings

9:00 am to 12:00 pmUnion Station B

9:30 am to 11:00 am

Immigration Reform Task Force Meeting

9:30 am to 11:00 amRoom A212-214

This meeting of NACo's Immigration Reform Task Force is open to all conference attendees and will feature updates from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  

Director, Columbus Field Office, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  
 

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

NACA Executive Board Meeting

10:00 am to 12:00 pmRoom A222-223

10:30 am to 11:45 am

Harnessing the Engagement of Your Employees

10:30 am to 11:45 amRoom B131

Counties continually must “do more with less.” Federal or state-mandated increased in services and programs, but with less revenue and funding, means finding new ways to keep up. One solution can be found in each and every county – their own employees. This hands-on training session, led by employee engagement expert Robert Lavigna, will focus on how engaging the county workforce can save time and money, and contribute to better employee development at the same time. 

10:30 am to 11:45 am

Leadership Strategies for Women in Government: How to Thrive in Your Career

10:30 am to 11:45 amRoom B130

According to Ernst & Young’s Worldwide Index of Women as Public Sector Leaders, women makeup 51 percent of the world population and they make up about 48 percent of the overall public sector workforce. In addition, a U.S. Department of Labor study of women in the labor force shows that women are nearly 50 percent more likely to work in government than men. In today’s politically charged environment, women in government must learn to develop the leadership skills to manage limited resources, respond to opposition and be resilient. This workshop breaks down three (3) Leadership Strategies—Show Up, Speak Up and Step Up—to help women in government lead effectively both personally and professionally. This workshop approaches leadership from a holistic perspective taking into account that women in government often make personal sacrifices to dedicate themselves to public service. Topics covered include:

  • Establishing credibility and establishing a reputation as a leader
  • Communicating effectively with leaders and constituents
  • Developing a personal growth plan

10:30 am to 11:45 am

NCCAE Professional Development Session

10:30 am to 11:45 amRoom B240-242

10:30 am to 11:45 am

Rethinking Work/Life Balance for Sustainable Leadership

10:30 am to 11:45 amRoom B132

This session is designed to create a reflective space in our busy lives to consider our professional roles, leadership journeys, life stages and personal aspirations. Taking these aspects into consideration, individuals who attend this unique workshop will explore ways to prioritize what is important to them, rethink the concept of work/life balance and better manage their time in a high-pressure, fast-paced public sector environment.

Public Sector and Education Director of Marketing and Strategy, Kronos  
 

10:30 am to 11:45 am

Smarter Cities, Smarter Counties: How Intelligent Transportation Solutions are Driving Regional Connectivity

10:30 am to 11:45 amRoom B140-142

This workshop will highlight Columbus’ success in winning the Smart Cities Challenge and will highlight how the city and county are working together to achieve lasting success and drive innovation. As a collaborative, the Smart Columbus team sees ITS as a way to enhance and expand mobility across the region, creating opportunities for economic development and job creation and providing residents better access to jobs, fresh food, services, education, healthcare, and recreation. Panelists will discuss how they have worked together to solve regional challenges from project development to implementation to-date. 

Managing Director, Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office, Federal Highway Administration  
 
Deputy County Administrator, Franklin County, Ohio  
 
Chief Innovation Officer and Smart City Lead, City of Columbus, Ohio  
 
Chief Operating Officer, Transportation Research Center, Inc.  
 

10:30 am to 11:45 am

Solutions Session: Preparing for Key Public Entity Cyber Risks

10:30 am to 11:45 amRoom B234-235

To protect local communities, public entities must stay ahead of constantly changing cyber risks. While many have a general awareness of such risks, they often lack specifics on how best to prepare. Cyber events involving private or confidential data can be both high-profile and costly, draining local finances and putting local officials in the media spotlight. 

  • Ransomware: New variants of maliciously installed malware hold public entity data hostage for ransom.
  • Vendors: Vendors and business partners present risks to data security.
  • Negligent employees: Workers cause cyber breaches by mistakenly sending emails containing confidential information.
  • Hackers: Cyber criminals attack computer systems to obtain data.
  • Hacktivists: Hackers may block an organization's website or change its messaging to promote a social or political cause.
  • Social engineering: Employees can be tricked into transferring funds to cyber criminals.

This session will include a brief video presentation, "Anatomy of a Main Street Hack," and it will suggest specific actions to consider for public entities to minimize exposure to cyber risks.

2VP, Underwriting Director, Travelers Public Sector Services  
 

10:30 am to 11:45 am

Solutions Session: The Next Big Thing: Retirement Readiness

10:30 am to 11:45 amRoom B243-245

Millions of Americans are woefully unprepared for retirement. When it comes to improving retirement outcomes, there are many courses of action – or levers – that you, as a plan sponsor, can apply to help your deferred compensation plan participants more effectively pursue their retirement goals. This presentation explores why retirement readiness matters and highlights opportunities to improve participant retirement outcomes.

SVP, Senior Defined Contribution Strategist, American Funds from Capitol Group  
 

10:30 am to 11:45 am

Stepping Up Summit Part One: Identifying People with Mental Illnesses in Your Jail

10:30 am to 11:45 amShort North A

More than 350 counties have passed a resolution to join Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails. To support counties in their efforts, NACo is hosting a two-part Stepping Up Summit to provide counties with the tools and resources they need to further their initiatives. Part One will focus on providing an overview of strategies counties are using to identify people with mental illnesses in their jails and how they are using this information to inform policies, practices and funding allocations. All counties are welcome to attend the summit.

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

National Association of County Surveyors Roundtable Discussion

10:30 am to 12:00 pmRoom A224-225

11:00 am to 12:00 pm

County Talk

11:00 am to 12:00 pmHall A Booth 241

A Culture of Care - Changing the Paradigm for Youth Corrections. This presentation will describe advancements in the design and operation of youth detention facilities focusing on rehabilitation and reintegration of youth by examining four projects being designed and built on the west coast that will further the progressive treatment of youthful offenders.

  • LA County – New Campus Kilpatrick
  • Monterey County Juvenile Hall
  • Riverside County  - Alan M. Crogan Youth Treatment and Education Center
  • Oregon Youth Authority – MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility (MYCF) East Campus Housing

The presentation will focus on how these designs meet the need to provide structure to the daily lives of in-custody youths though daily education and treatment services; how they can begin to embrace a more normalized life, to make intelligent choices, and learn to take responsibility for their actions. Specific needs of the youthful offender will also be explored, inclusive of their mental health needs, gang membership conflicts and struggles with substance abuse. There are also pressing issues associated with PREA that layer an additional complexity to the operations and planning of youth facilities.

These four projects offer a tremendous spectrum of what is most current in the design and operation of juvenile facilities to save our youth and their future. 

Global Justice Civic Design Leader, DLR Group  
 

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

NACo Achievement Awards Luncheon

12:00 pm to 2:00 pmBattelle Grand

Join us for an awards luncheon honoring the 2017 NACo Achievement Award winners. NACo recognized over 600 entries from 109 counties in 29 states, and will honor the 18 Best in Category winners on stage during the ceremony. Sign up as part of the registration process.

Please note:  This event requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $15.

12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

County Administrators Idea Exchange / NACA

12:00 pm to 3:00 pmUnion Station A

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

NAHCO Presents Census 2020 Update with NALEO

1:00 pm to 2:00 pmRoom C150

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Texas Caucus

1:00 pm to 2:00 pmRoom A210

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

National Association of County Intergovernmental Relations Officers Business Meeting

1:00 pm to 2:30 pmRoom A224-225

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Essential Practices in Technology for County Officials

1:00 pm to 5:00 pmRoom B232-233

This highly interactive 4-hour course will focus on the role county elected leaders can and should play in an ever-evolving technology environment. Topics we will address include cyber-security, cloud-based services, civic engagement, as well as exploring best practices as they relate to technology leadership, innovation, and governance.

By attending this course you will learn about the top ten technology issues affecting counties, and, in particular, you will learn how to assess technological risk, keep your organization protected from cyber-attacks, and implement the right strategies and technologies that meet the needs of your county. 

Please note:  This course requires pre-registration and an additional $110 fee.

Executive Director, Public Technology Institute and Associate Professor of Practice, Rutgers University  
 
CIO, Public Technology Institute and Co-facilitator, PTI/Rutgers Certified Technology Leadership Programs  
 

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

NAHCO Presents Latinos, Public Lands and the Environment

2:00 pm to 3:00 pmRoom C150

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

National Association of County Civil Attorneys Meeting

2:00 pm to 3:30 pmRoom A222-223

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Programs and Services Committee Meeting

2:00 pm to 3:30 pmRoom C170

All NACo members are invited to participate in the Programs and Services Committee meeting. County members will participate in a discussion and live poll on county performance indicators, provide input into new NACo leadership development initiatives and learn how to champion the updated NACo civic education curriculum and game in their counties.

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Credentials Desk Open - State Association Pick-up only

2:00 pm to 5:00 pmRoom A110-114

2:15 pm to 3:30 pm

Cybersecurity (Spotlight: Build Your Strength, Protect Your Identity)

2:15 pm to 3:30 pmRoom B143-145

2:15 pm to 3:30 pm

How to Gain Citizen Buy-In

2:15 pm to 3:30 pmRoom B140-142

County government management and operations rely on citizen engagement for several reasons, including votes on bond proposals, input on budget proposals and key advisory boards. This workshop will focus on how counties can harness and increase the engagement of their citizenry in overall operations and management: helping to validate decision-making and work effectively as a community. Topics will include using social media to quickly mobilize a community, successful messaging and other public outreach tools. 

2:15 pm to 3:30 pm

Solutions Session: How to Effectively Control Active & Retiree Health Care Costs through Population Health Management

2:15 pm to 3:30 pmRoom B234-235

Some of the largest costs in government are healthcare liabilities. When looking to balance budgets, municipalities are seeking strategies to reduce costs, both for the short term and for the future. This panel will explore strategies that you can implement to improve both the fiscal and clinical outcomes for your number one asset – your employees, both active and retired. Join us to hear from experts about how to effectively use data to improve patient care and control your healthcare costs. 

2:15 pm to 3:30 pm

Solutions Session: Smarter Counties - Moving Counties Forward

2:15 pm to 3:30 pmRoom B243-245

Even the smartest county cannot rest on its past success. The smart county movement requires a constant process of vision, execution and renewal, which makes this process more a journey than a destination! This session will explore areas like smart transportation, infrastructure, public safety, health, education, energy and environment, while highlighting the tools necessary to make wise and efficient decisions when it comes to planning for the smarter county of tomorrow.

Director, The Lab @ DC, Executive Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia Government  
 

2:15 pm to 4:00 pm

Stepping Up Summit Part Two: Implementing Policies and Programs to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Your Jail

2:15 pm to 4:00 pmShort North A

More than 350 counties have passed a resolution to join Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails. To support counties in their efforts, NACo is hosting a two-part Stepping Up Summit to provide counties with the tools and resources they need to further their initiatives. Part Two will highlight policies, practices and programs that counties have implemented along four key measures: the number of people with mental illnesses booked into their jail, the length of stay of people with mental illnesses, connections to treatment and recidivism. All counties are welcome to attend the summit.

2:15 pm to 4:30 pm

International Economic Development Task Force: Mobile Tour of Prime Equipment Group

2:15 pm to 4:30 pmMeet at Mobile Tour Meeting Point on the Second Level Connector at the Greater Columbus Convention Center at 2:15 p.m.

On Sunday, July 23, from 2:15pm to 4:30pm, the NACo International Economic Development Task Force will be taking a tour of Prime Equipment Group, a middle market company that produces poultry processing machines, including many used by Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). Prime Equipment has 130 employees located around the globe with offices in Columbus (Ohio), Gainesville (Georgia), Mexico and Brazil, as well as distributors in Italy, Russia, Thailand, Australia, Argentina and Chile.  This tour is being arranged with help from Franklin County’s Economic Development & Planning, Columbus 2020 and the National Center for the Middle Market, part of the Ohio State University’s Fischer College of Business. The tour is open to all conference attendees and limited to the first 50 registrants.

Registration is required for the tour. Click here to register now!

The tour will begin at the Mobile Tour Meeting Point on the Second Level Connector at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.  Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the bus departure time.

2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

NCCAE Business Meeting

2:45 pm to 3:45 pmRoom A212-214

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

NAHCO Business Meeting

3:00 pm to 4:00 pmRoom C150

3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

NABCO/NOBCO Annual Conference Meeting

3:30 pm to 5:30 pmShort North B

3:45 pm to 5:00 pm

How Census 2020 and Your County Assessment Data Matter to Your Bottom Line

3:45 pm to 5:00 pmRoom B132

Once every decade, the United States undertakes a count of population, as required by the U.S. Constitution. The 2010 Census was the first one to use only a short form focused on demographics, leaving the American Community Survey (ACS) to collect socioeconomic and housing information instead of the decennial long form. The Census population counts have major implications for how a large portion of federal dollars are distributed to states and local governments, as well as for congressional redistricting and for enforcing civil rights laws.  Organized in partnership with the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO), this session will discuss the changes and challenges with Census 2020, the role of ACS and how local administrative data – such as county assessments – can help improve the accuracy of federal data. 

Survey Statistician, American Community Survey Office, U.S. Census Bureau  
 

3:45 pm to 5:00 pm

Making the Most of Your NACo Membership!

3:45 pm to 5:00 pmRoom B143-145

NACo has a lot to offer members – the challenge is making the most of your membership opportunities.  This session Linda Langston, Director of Strategic Relations and Andrew Goldschmidt, Membership Marketing Director will present the many member benefits you can take advantage of from the Live Healthy Program (learn about the new toolkit) to free online software from IBTS and a new webinar series called “Ask the IT Professional.”  And don’t forget Nationwide Retirement and US Communities.

3:45 pm to 5:00 pm

Solutions Session: How to Manage your Citizen Experience!

3:45 pm to 5:00 pmRoom B243-245

Experience Management; Learn what innovators at MIT, Standford, Harvard, three-fourths of the Fortune 100 and leading county governments are doing to manage the experience of their customers, and citizens. What is the science of Experience Management? How Counties ensure the voice of their citizen is being heard. Learn how to set forth an organization-wide standard of quality metrics in your county government. 

3:45 pm to 5:00 pm

Solutions Session: Using Social Indicators for Public Health

3:45 pm to 5:00 pmRoom B234-235

During this session, we will look at how technology is helping counties better understand the needs of their constituents. Specifically, we will address the dilemma of obtaining data to help the care manager during the interaction with the citizen being served. Too often the data that we use to study the problem is not used when we solve the problem. Bringing data to the personal interaction is a key to a healthier county.

Principal, Technology and Management Consulting, RSM US LLP  
(614) 456-2792

3:45 pm to 5:00 pm

Spotlight on Civic Education: Updated Curriculum and Game from NACo and iCivics

3:45 pm to 5:00 pmRoom B140-142

As part of National County Government Month, the National Association of Counties, in partnership with iCivics, unveiled new and improved civic education resources: the County Solutions curriculum and the Counties Work online game. The curriculum provides educators with engaging lesson plans and other tools for middle and high school instruction. Available free of charge, the curriculum guides students through the basics of county government and encourages them to engage in local solutions. The game, now compatible across iOS and Android tablets, allows students to simulate the role of an elected county leader responsible for balancing budgets, services and citizen requests. We have also created a guide to assist NACo members in introducing the game and curriculum to local classrooms.

These new resources aim to help the next generation of Americans become more engaged and better versed in local government – and the online educational game is fun for adults, too. 

3:45 pm to 5:00 pm

The Effective Public Leader

3:45 pm to 5:00 pmRoom B131

Providing effective public leadership is a journey laden with both opportunity and challenge.  At this presentation you will learn some innovative and pragmatic approaches to dealing with them.  Learn how to seize the opportunities within your sphere of influence and to make a significant difference during your public service. You will understand the best principles and practices of effective public leaders then measure where you currently stand and set goals on becoming a more complete leader. Join this leadership journey and learn what it takes to be a more complete leader, so everyone will not only want to follow you, but learn to lead like you.

3:45 pm to 5:00 pm

The Gig Economy: The Rise of the Freelance Workforce

3:45 pm to 5:00 pmRoom B130

This workshop will discuss how the rise of freelance, “gig” labor along with the evolution of artificial intelligence are shaping the US workforce. This discussion will touch upon effects on county employment and jobs with county vendors and contractors.

Dean of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University  
 
Lecturer, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley  
 

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Mississippi Caucus Meeting

4:00 pm to 5:00 pmRoom A220-221

4:00 pm to 5:15 pm

State Association Deputy Directors and Staff

4:00 pm to 5:15 pmRoom A215

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Opioid Epidemic Townhall and Solutions Exhibit

4:00 pm to 6:00 pmUnion Station C

During this session, attendees will discuss the opioid epidemic with an expert panel of local and national leaders, exploring common challenges and effective strategies for stemming the tide of overdoses and fatalities.

Activity Lead for Methods, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  
 
CEO, Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health Board, Franklin County, Ohio  
 
Public Policy Consultant, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)  
 

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

California Caucus

4:30 pm to 5:30 pmRoom B240-242

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

NextGen Business Meeting

4:30 pm to 5:30 pmRoom A212-214

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Arizona Caucus

5:30 pm to 7:00 pmRoom B230-231

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Michigan Caucus Meeting

5:30 pm to 7:00 pmRoom B246

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Wisconsin Counties Association and PMA Financial/WISC/Forecast5 Analytics County Reception

5:30 pm to 7:00 pmRoom B232-233

5:45 pm to 7:15 pm

New Mexico Delegates Reception

5:45 pm to 7:15 pmRoom A224-225

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

NACo NextGen and CLI Reception

6:00 pm to 7:00 pmRenaissance Columbus - Fourth Floor Terrace Suite 404

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Stepping Up Reception

6:00 pm to 7:00 pmUnion Station Foyer

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Arts and Culture Commission Reception

6:00 pm to 8:00 pmPizzuti Collection

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

LUCC/RAC Reception

7:00 pm to 9:00 pmThe Ohio Statehouse

By invitation only.

Monday, Jul 24

8:00 am to 9:15 am

Aligning Justice and Health Resources to Achieve Better Outcomes

8:00 am to 9:15 amRoom B131

Individuals in jail have far higher rates of physical heath problems, mental illness and substance use disorder than the general population, and studies have shown that access to treatment can improve public safety. Counties across the country are developing innovative cross-system approaches to more effectively treat justice-involved individuals with health needs, more efficiently use resources and improve outcomes for individuals and the community. This workshop will feature a national expert detailing ways counties can institutionalize collaboration, and two counties will share their efforts to combine or link justice and health resources to better serve residents.  

Program Planner, Polk County, Iowa, Health Services  
 

8:00 am to 9:15 am

County Communications and the Challenge of Fighting Fake News

8:00 am to 9:15 amRoom B140-142

Fake news has been a recent hot topic in the world of communications. This session will provide context for dealing with false or biased information and also showcase some examples of how counties have dealt with this issue. The topic is not a new phenomenon and some historical perspective will help provide possible solutions, in addition to the opportunity to learn about a cadre of new tools, allies and tactics to consider.

 

8:00 am to 9:15 am

Policy Chairs Coordinating Breakfast

8:00 am to 9:15 amRoom A222-223

8:00 am to 9:15 am

Serving Immigrant Populations

8:00 am to 9:15 amRoom B132

In the debate over immigration reform, the county perspective is often overlooked; yet, from an operational and managerial standpoint, counties are the central players. From providing translators in PSAPs and public ESOL teachers, to helping migrants develop businesses and increase the tax base, county operations of all sizes across the country must deal with the impacts of immigration as county leaders seek to integrate foreign-born residents into their communities. County officials from a variety of counties will discuss the role of counties in immigration, and how counties deal with the impact of immigration on county budgets, funding, service provision and personnel.

Director of Community Inclusion and Office of New Americans, Nashville-Davidson County, Tenn.  
 

8:00 am to 9:15 am

Solutions Session

8:00 am to 9:15 amRoom B243-245

8:00 am to 9:15 am

Solutions Session: They’re coming to take your money away! (Ha Ha) What Elected Officials Need to Know

8:00 am to 9:15 amRoom B234-235

Following major disasters, Counties have great need to purchase large amounts of goods and services to facilitate recovery efforts. While most are familiar with their own procurement policies and procedures, if purchases are anticipated to be reimbursed with federal disaster grant dollars (FEMA, HUD, etc.), federal rules and regulations must also be followed or amounts are at risk for not being reimbursed. Through our experience, we have found that this issue continues to confuse applicants more than most others, even despite increased efforts to educate them by FEMA and others. County leadership, to include elected leadership, can help their community recovery by knowing in advance how to help.  Not only can their involvement help with community involvement and media management, they can also help their response and recovery teams avoid potential deobligations and claw back of federal funds. Through the use of real world case studies, this topic breaks down the requirements in easy-to-understand language and takes head on many of the myths and misunderstandings.

Director, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, Hamilton County, Ohio  
(512) 263-8201

8:00 am to 9:15 am

Solutions Session: Understanding Credit Rating Agency Methodologies and Managing Interactions

8:00 am to 9:15 amRoom B143-145

The panel will go over how credit ratings get issued and how they impact county operations, what resources and tools are available for county administrators facing challenges in their credit rating landscape, and how to begin assessing a path forward maintaining current credit standing or recovery.

8:00 am to 9:15 am

Workforce Development and Labor Trends Breakfast Roundtable

8:00 am to 9:15 amRoom B130

Counties play a critical role in both funding and facilitating workforce and economic development programs. This breakfast roundtable will offer an overview of U.S. labor trends, assess future shortage risks by occupation and location, and will present strategies that counties can leverage to align workforce development programs and industry needs, with a particular focus on job training opportunities and placement services to assist young people, veterans and formerly incarcerated individuals enter the workforce. Hosted by the National Association of Home Builders.

8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Registration Open

8:00 am to 2:00 pmRoom A110-114

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

NACo Store Open

8:00 am to 4:30 pmHall A Foyer

9:30 am to 11:30 am

NACo Annual Business Meeting and Election

9:30 am to 11:30 amBattelle Grand

10:00 am to 10:45 am

Arts & Culture Walking Tour

10:00 am to 10:45 amFranklin County Info Booth

Please join us for a walking tour of the Greater Columbus Convention Center’s public art. Led by the Convention Center’s curator, the tour will highlight the local art installed throughout the venue, with an overview of the project, highlights of special pieces and time for questions and answers. The tour will launch from the Franklin County Information Booth in the hallway outside Room A-123. Please arrive by 9:55 a.m

11:45 am to 12:30 pm

Central Region Caucus Meeting

11:45 am to 12:30 pmRoom A210-211

11:45 am to 12:30 pm

Northeast Region Caucus Meeting

11:45 am to 12:30 pmRoom B234-235

11:45 am to 12:30 pm

South Region Caucus Meeting

11:45 am to 12:30 pmRoom A212-213

11:45 am to 12:30 pm

West Region Caucus Meeting

11:45 am to 12:30 pmRoom A214-215

12:45 pm to 1:15 pm

NACo New Organizational Board of Directors Meeting

12:45 pm to 1:15 pmUnion Station B

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

General Session

2:00 pm to 4:00 pmBattelle Grand
Business and Financial News Legend  
 

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

NACo Conference-wide Celebration Event

6:30 pm to 9:30 pmExpress Live!

Dance the evening away while enjoying a unique, colorful, and suprising menu! You won't want to miss the fun we've cooked up for the closing party. Amazing people will be in attendance...make sure you are part of it!

A ticket for this event is automatically included with all Full-Conference registrations.  Additional tickets for guests may be purchased at a cost of $50/person.