NACo's 83rd Annual Conference & Exposition

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Thursday, Jul 12
2:15 pm to 5:00 pm

2:15 pm to 5:00 pm

Mobile Workshop: Nashville’s Barnes Fund and Housing Incentive Pilot Program (HIPP) (separate RSVP required)

2:15 pm to 5:00 pmMultiple Locations | 2:15 pm to 5:00 pm

Join the Mayor’s Office of Housing team and developers on an affordable housing tour and discussion on how they have partnered to create and preserve these units within the city’s core and close to employment centers.  Learn more about the city’s Barnes Fund for Affordable Housing and the Housing Incentives Pilot Program, two innovative programs that are successfully changing the way developers are creating affordability throughout the county.

Bus departs Delta Portico at 2:15 pm.

Please RSVP via the conference registration form. To check your RSVP response, email

Microsoft Office document icon AGENDA_MOBILE WORKSHOP_Barnes Fund HIPP Affordable Housing.doc
2:30 pm to 5:00 pm

2:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Mobile Workshop: Oasis Center (separate RSVP required)

2:30 pm to 5:00 pmOasis Center | 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Visit the Oasis Center, a nationally-recognized organization serving over 3,000 youth and their families in Davidson County. Oasis Center offers wrap-around services from emergency shelter to practical skills workshops, counseling, career and entrepreneurial skills training and more. Tour Oasis Center's unique facility, co-located with shelter space and other youth services organizations, and learn about Oasis Center's unique programs: College Connect, offering support and guidance for lower-income and first-generation college students; the Mayor's Youth Council, a civic engagement initiative for Davidson County youth; and Oasis Venture, a program designed to help youth learn entrepreneurial skills while creating their own business models. 

Bus departs promptly at 2:30 pm at the Delta Portico. 

This mobile tour is currently full; please contact to be placed on a waitlist. 

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Documentary Screening and Discussion: “Heroin(e)”, Sponsored by Healthy Counties Initiative and Smart Justice (separate RSVP required)

4:00 pm to 6:00 pmBayou C/D, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M | 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

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Counties across the country are struggling with the recent rise in opioid addiction and opioid-related overdoses and deaths in their communities. During this event, county officials will watch "Heroin(e)," an original Netflix short documentary that directly addresses this issue and shares some of the solutions communities are identifying to meet these challenges. “Heroin(e)” highlights three women - the fire chief, a judge and a faith-based volunteer - working to change a West Virginia town’s narrative and break the devastating cycle of drug abuse, one person at a time. After the documentary screening, participants have the opportunity to engage in a facilitated discussion with individuals involved with the film, followed by light refreshments compliments of Healthy Counties and Smart Justice sponsors.

NACo Second Vice President; Judge/Executive, Boone County, Ky.  
Friday, Jul 13
9:00 am to 11:30 am

9:00 am to 11:30 am

Human Services and Education Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittees Meetings

9:00 am to 11:30 amBayou C/D, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M | 9:00 am to 11:30 am
Associate Administrator, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), U.S. Department of Agriculture  
President & CEO, Agape Child and Family Services, Inc.  
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Human Services and Education Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

2:00 pm to 4:30 pmBayou C/D, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M | 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Director, Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  
Sunday, Jul 15
8:00 am to 9:30 am

8:00 am to 9:30 am

Immigration Reform Task Force Meeting

8:00 am to 9:30 amBayou E, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M | 8:00 am to 9:30 am
9:00 am to 10:15 am

9:00 am to 10:15 am

Solutions Session: Mind the Generational Gap - Effectively Reaching Retirement Plan Participants

9:00 am to 10:15 amJackson C/D, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M | 9:00 am to 10:15 am

A generation gap is widening in the workplace. While baby boomers express reluctance about retiring, millennials have become the single largest and commonly most talked about demographic in the American labor force. Recognizing that each of these cohorts have very different needs as they plan for retirement, how can you create a DC plan that works for everyone? This session will include insights on how to meet your participants where they are with the right investment solutions and provide ways to successfully engage with your employees to drive better retirement outcomes.

SVP, Senior Retirement Strategist, Capital Group | American Funds  
9:00 am to 3:30 pm

9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Affordable Housing Forum (separate RSVP required)

9:00 am to 3:30 pmGovernor's Ballroom A/E, Convention Center Level 2 | 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

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This forum brings together counties and stakeholders to discuss cutting-edge solutions and available resources to address the worsening shortage of affordable housing in counties of all sizes. Attendees will examine best practices and participate in “speed networking” with non-profits, foundations and federal partners.

The following organizations are confirmed for the afternoon "speed-networking" session:

  • The Barnes Housing Trust Fund
  • Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)
  • Enterprise Community Partners
  • Housing Assistance Council
  • National Association for County Community and Economic Development (NACCED)
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Low-Income Housing Coalition
  • Mayor’s Office of Housing, Nashville-Davidson County, Tenn.
  • Rural Housing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development

Learn how counties are responding to rising rents and prices, housing shortages and economic realities that are driving affordable housing challenges. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the National Association of Home Builders.

Assistant Secretary, Community Planning & Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  
PDF icon Affordable Housing Forum Agenda
10:30 am to 11:45 am

10:30 am to 11:45 am

Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health Part II: Identifying and Treating the People with the Highest Needs in Your Justice System

10:30 am to 11:45 amPresidential Ballroom B, Convention Center, Level 2 | 10:30 am to 11:45 am

Individuals who regularly cycle in and out of jails, emergency departments and other crisis services – who are sometimes called high utilizers or frequent utilizers – often use many county resources but still experience poor outcomes. Many of these individuals have untreated mental illnesses that contribute to homelessness, illicit substance use and involvement in illegal activities. In this workshop, hear from your peers about identifying the most frequent users of your justice, health and human services systems and targeting resources to connect them to appropriate treatment and services to improve outcomes and effectively use resources.

Division Chief, Hudson County Division of Housing and Community Development, Hudson County, N.J.  
Program Director, Hudson County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Hudson County, N.J.  

10:30 am to 11:45 am

Emerging Strategies in Addressing Poverty: Discussions of Key Issues, Policies, and Platforms Affecting Poverty and Well-Being in Rural America

10:30 am to 11:45 amBayou A, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M | 10:30 am to 11:45 am

Addressing poverty is on the forefront of county leaders’ agendas and platforms nationwide. What are these critical issues and key policies affecting poverty, rural vitality and well-being, and what are counties doing to combat this issue? Join the Annie E. Casey Foundation and county leaders from across the country will share their work and lead attendees in a discussion about answers to these questions.

Strategic Planning Coordinator, Herkimer County Integrated County Planning, Herkimer County, N.Y.  
2:15 pm to 3:30 pm

2:15 pm to 3:30 pm

Using Messaging to Enhance Engagement on Early Childhood Initiatives

2:15 pm to 3:30 pmPresidential Ballroom D, Convention Center, Level 2 | 2:15 pm to 3:30 pm

Learn how to mobilize your county by using effective communications strategies, strong messaging techniques and civic engagement to promote an early childhood agenda. County leaders will share examples on developing a local early childhood campaign that engages diverse stakeholders and promotes the importance of investing in children early. Learn how to effectively frame and share your message to mobilize your community and be a catalyst of change for young children.

Janine Pryor, Coordinator, Chaffee County Early Childhood Council, Chaffee County, Colo.  
Program Director of Early Childhood, DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform, DuPage County, Ill.  
3:45 pm to 5:00 pm

3:45 pm to 5:00 pm

The Opioid Crisis: Supporting County Medical Examiners’ and Coroners' Offices

3:45 pm to 5:00 pmPresidential Ballroom D, Convention Center, Level 2 | 3:45 pm to 5:00 pm

The opioid epidemic has reached historic proportions with 175 Americans dying from overdose every day—opioid deaths now make up over half of all drug-related deaths in the country. Medical examiners and coroner’s offices, which are responsible for investigating and performing autopsies for drug-related deaths, have experienced a shortage in forensic pathologists leading to a decline in the standard of work of opioid and other drug-related autopsies across the country. In this workshop, speakers will discuss the challenges facing county medical examiners and coroners with the influx of cases due to the opioid epidemic and identify solutions to address the dire shortage of county-based forensic pathologists to meet these challenges.

Monday, Jul 16
8:00 am to 9:15 am

8:00 am to 9:15 am

2020 Census: What Counties Need to Do Now to Prepare

8:00 am to 9:15 amCanal E, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M | 8:00 am to 9:15 am

Census 2020 will determine your number of Congressional representatives, shape legislative districts and drive the distribution of over $675 billion in federal funds. Local leaders are critical to ensuring that everyone is counted. Learn about innovative ideas to ensure county participation, build awareness and the steps you can take now to prepare for a successful Census 2020.

Associate Director for Field Operations, U.S. Census Bureau  

8:00 am to 9:15 am

FAQs about Public Pensions: What Elected Officials Should Know

8:00 am to 9:15 amLincoln A, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M | 8:00 am to 9:15 am

With recent pension disclosure changes still in implementation, public pensions’ funding status and guiding policies are now more frequently scrutinized by the press and federal lawmakers. County leaders must be equipped to answer the questions about the retirement plans they offer as part of their employees’ compensation. This workshop will provide simple, straightforward explanations to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding public pensions, including: plan governance, fiduciary duties, transparency and accounting, and funding policies. 

8:00 am to 9:15 am

Solutions Session: Addressing Substance Use Disorders In Your County - Reentry, Recovery and Reducing Recidivism

8:00 am to 9:15 amJackson C/D, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M | 8:00 am to 9:15 am

This session explores how connections to treatment, recovery and social services result in positive outcomes for individuals and county systems. Counties play an integral role in securing treatment and support for successful reentry from the justice system and connection with treatment and recovery services for individuals with substance use disorders, many of whom face challenges in securing housing, training, education and employment. 

VP, Intergovernmental Affairs, National Association of Home Builders