Western Interstate Region (WIR) Conference

2017 WIR Conference Schedule

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Tuesday, May 23

1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Mobile Workshop: Counties and Cannabis: The Implications of Legal Marijuana for Local Governments

1:00 pm to 3:30 pmMeet in the Sunriver main lodge at 12:50 p.m. to board the buses.

Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized marijuana for either medical or recreational use, including 10 of the 15 states within the western region of NACo. Although the decision to legalize marijuana may occur at the state level, in many instances counties will be called upon to develop the regulatory, permitting and land-use framework to implement state law at the local level. This mobile workshop will provide county officials with the opportunity to see firsthand how Deschutes County, Ore., has addressed the challenges and opportunities presented by marijuana legalization and discuss best practices for addressing marijuana legalization in your home county. Please Note:  Business casual attire with closed-toed, comfortable shoes is encouraged and all participants must ride the bus.

(Pre-Registration Required)

1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Mobile Workshop: Moving America’s Energy: Up-Close with our Nation’s Pipeline Infrastructure

1:00 pm to 3:30 pmMeet in the Sunriver main lodge at 12:50 p.m. to board the buses.

Pipelines play an important role in transporting American energy resources from the lands that produce them to the communities that use them. Land-use planning, emergency response training, environmental monitoring, and other public health and safety priorities are common interests shared by counties and America’s pipeline operators. County officials will get an up-close look at a pipeline facility and hear from the operator and county staff about how they work together on issues of mutual interest. Required Attire:  To ensure your safety, all participants must ride the bus and wear closed-toed shoes and cotton clothing. Individuals without appropriate attire will not be allowed to board the bus and participate in the workshop.

(Pre-Registration Required)

 

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

WIR Conference Registration

3:00 pm to 5:00 pmFoyer, Great Hall Conference Center

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Moving America’s Commerce: Understanding the Role of Freight Rail in our Communities

4:00 pm to 7:00 pmMeet in the Sunriver main lodge at 3:50 p.m. to board the buses. Train Ride: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Freight rail is crucial to the nation's multimodal transportation system. It hosts passenger rail service and creates billions of dollars in economic activity and thousands of jobs throughout the west, while connecting counties to the global marketplace. In addition, every year freight rail saves millions of gallons of fuel and avoids millions of tons of greenhouse gases. Join BNSF Railway aboard the “NACo Express” as we take a 2-hour train ride through beautiful Deschutes County. Enjoy refreshments and visit with BNSF Railway representatives and county officials about the role freight rail plays in communities across the west, and how counties and railroads can work together to solve challenges and advance common interests. Please Note:  Business casual attire with closed-toed, comfortable shoes is encouraged and all participants must ride the bus. A short set of stairs must be climbed to enter and exit the train.

(Pre-Registration Required)

Wednesday, May 24

7:30 am to 8:30 am

Public Lands Trust Fund Trustees Meeting

7:30 am to 8:30 amVandervet Room, Sunriver Lodge Building

(Invitation Only)

8:00 am to 5:00 pm

WIR Conference Registration

8:00 am to 5:00 pmFoyer, Great Hall Conference Center

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

WIR Board of Directors Meeting

9:00 am to 12:00 pmHeritage Room, Great Hall Conference Center

The WIR Board of Directors will meet to conduct business and discuss pressing issues facing the nation’s Western counties.  During this meeting the board will hear from our host, Deschutes County. In addition to conducting business, the board will hear updates from the Western Governors Association, the Wildland Fire Leadership Council and our county representatives on federal boards. We will also be discussing items like freight rail policy and much more. 

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9:30 am to 10:30 am

NACo Finance Committee Meeting

9:30 am to 10:30 amVandervet Room, Sunriver Lodge Building

(Invitation Only)

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee Meeting & Mobile Workshop

1:00 pm to 4:00 pmMeet in the Sunriver main lodge at 12:50 p.m. to board buses and participate in this mobile workshop.

Bine to Pint: Leveraging Local Resources to Feed Emerging Market Demands

Oregon is a consistent leader in the U.S. craft beer industry including the number of breweries, the percentage of dollars spent on craft beer and the per-capita economic impact of craft breweries on the state economy. The Oregon craft beer industry directly employs over 8,500 full and part-time employees to help service the 230,000 people that visit an Oregon craft brewery on a weekly basis. Additionally, Oregon is the #2 hop-growing state in the country with a total crop value of over $35 million – almost 13 percent of the entire U.S. hop harvest by dollar. The emerging craft brew market’s complex supply chain has increased demand across multiple industries giving rise to some of the fastest growing companies in the United States.

This mobile workshop will examine the economics behind the craft brew industry in Oregon and how operations like Deschutes Brewery – the eighth-largest craft brewery and fifteenth-largest over brewery in the U.S. producing 250,000 barrels of beer per year – have leveraged local assets to meet increasing demand.

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1:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Public Lands Policy Steering Committee and Environment, Energy and Land Use Policy Steering Committee Joint Meeting & Mobile Workshop

1:30 pm to 5:00 pmHeritage Room, Great Hall Conference Center

The Public Lands Steering Committee and the Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee will meet in a joint session to discuss county strategies within the federal legislative landscape, aquatic invasive species threats in local communities and fire prevention partnerships at the federal-local level. 

At 3:00 p.m., at the conclusion of the business portion of the meeting, attendees will proceed to the Sunriver main lodge and board buses to participate in the mobile workshop. 

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6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

WIR Board of Directors and NACo Board of Directors Reception

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

(Invitation Only)

Thursday, May 25

7:30 am to 4:30 pm

WIR Conference Registration

7:30 am to 4:30 pmFoyer, Great Hall Conference Center

8:30 am to 10:00 am

Opening General Session

8:30 am to 10:00 amHomestead Ballroom, Homestead Building
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10:15 am to 11:45 am

Developing a Roadmap to Coordinate and Share Essential Services Across Counties

10:15 am to 11:45 amAbbott Room, Sunriver Lodge

As counties work to provide and enhance essential services, cross-jurisdictional sharing and other agreements enable collaboration across jurisdictional boundaries to deliver essential services. Through collaboration, counties aim to solve problems and provide services often not easily done by single organizations or jurisdictions. This workshop will examine the phases counties may take to implement this work and outline a roadmap for action.

10:15 am to 11:45 am

Innovative Approaches to County Justice Systems

10:15 am to 11:45 amHeritage Room, Great Hall Conference Center

Counties are on the forefront of designing and implementing local justice initiatives. Many localities are examining how policies and practices impact justice systems budgets and public safety. Two counties will share innovative approaches to address justice costs, jail population management and recidivism.

10:15 am to 11:45 am

NACo Audit Committee Meeting

10:15 am to 11:45 amFremont Room, Sunriver Lodge Building

(Invitation Only)

10:15 am to 11:45 am

Storms Brewing in the National Flood Insurance Program: Understanding the Impacts on Your Community

10:15 am to 11:45 amLandmark Room, Great Hall Conference Center

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is in the midst of a major overhaul.  FEMA has engaged in several Endangered Species Act consultations at the state level (Oregon, Washington, and Florida), which have led to significant changes in the operation of the program in those states. At the same time, FEMA has recently proposed nationwide changes to the program to meet their Endangered Species Act obligations that would affect all NFIP-participating communities.  Further complicating matters, the NFIP is set to expire on September 30, 2017, and Congress is currently debating significant changes to the program as part of the anticipated reauthorization that would become effective later this year.  Come learn about the ongoing evolution of the NFIP and how it may affect your community.

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12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Attendee Luncheon

12:00 pm to 1:15 pmHomestead Ballroom, Homestead Building

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Building Stronger Economies in the West

1:30 pm to 3:00 pmHeritage Room, Great Hall Conference Center

Many smaller and rural communities in the West have been traditionally reliant on natural resource extraction as an economic driver and cultural cornerstone.  Recognizing the often ‘boom and bust’ nature of these industries, communities across the West have begun to plan for and invest in additional economic sectors.  Learn and share innovative strategies rural communities are using to build a stronger, more resilient workforce and economy, while creating vibrant, desirable counties in which to live, work and play.

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1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

County Cannabis Roundtable: Implementing Medical and Recreational Cannabis Laws

1:30 pm to 3:00 pmAbbot Room, Sunriver Lodge Building

Eight states in the U.S. have now legalized cannabis for recreational use, while several more have legalized some form of medical cannabis use. These laws are presenting states with interesting and complex policy challenges as this trend is not consistent with current federal law. This roundtable discussion will feature brief updates from western states that have gone through the legalization process while allowing time for discussion, questions and peer-to-peer information exchange

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Every Fire Happens in a County: A Resilient Counties Learning Laboratory for County Leaders Facing Wildfire Challenges

1:30 pm to 3:00 pmLandmark Room, Great Hall Conference Center

Utilizing real-world examples, representatives from the private sector and federal agencies will explore how public-private partnerships, active resource management and outside-the-box thinking have been utilized to restore the health and productivity of America's landscapes. 

1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

NACo Board of Directors Meeting

1:30 pm to 4:00 pmGreat Hall Room, Great Hall Conference Center

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Public Lands Planning: Where Do Counties Fit In?

3:30 pm to 5:00 pmLandmark Room, Great Hall Conference Center

Federal lands make up around 35 percent of the more than 2 billion acres in the United States and comprise as much as 90 percent of some counties, particularly in the west. Resource and forest management plans, along with land use plans, provide direction to federal land managers for development and use of natural resources and can greatly affect the economic, physical and social landscape of local communities. This workshop will explore the opportunities for robust local government involvement to ensure the perspective of the community is reflected in resource and forest management plans and implementation. 

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6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Conference-Wide Event: A Backyard Reception

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Hosted by Deschutes County and the Association of Oregon Counties

All conference attendees are invited to join us for a memorable evening in Sunriver's "Backyard." Enjoy the best views Sunriver has to offer, fabulous Northwest craft brews, a buffet dinner and entertainment by Central Oregon locals Mark Ransom & The Mostest. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and warm layers.

The "Backyard," an outdoor venue, is located just behind the main Sunriver Lodge and overlooks the Meadows Golf Course. A long drive and putting competition will be held during the event.

 

Friday, May 26

8:00 am to 12:30 pm

WIR Conference Registration

8:00 am to 12:30 pmFoyer, Great Hall Conference Center

8:30 am to 9:00 am

WIR Annual Business Meeting and Election of Officers

8:30 am to 9:00 amHomestead Ballroom, Homestead Building

The Annual Business Meeting is open to all attendees.

9:15 am to 10:30 am

General Session

9:15 am to 10:30 amHomestead Ballroom, Homestead Building
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10:45 am to 12:15 pm

Counties and Cash: How to Improve the Management of Cash Transactions

10:45 am to 12:15 pmHeritage Room, Great Hall Conference Center

Often, counties use traditional banking structures to conduct financial transactions, such as collecting property taxes or other fees, with their residents. Yet, a share of county residents and businesses do not have access to such institutions and, therefore, must conduct business in cash. For counties, cash transactions mean higher costs due to the need for face-to-face transactions, potentially non-secure and unsafe payments, issues with recording and reporting to external authorities, and a higher likelihood for mistakes.  Join this interactive training to learn about strategies counties are using to increase access to financial institutions for their taxpayers to ensure timely and secure payments and while simultaneously lowering operating costs. 

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10:45 am to 12:15 pm

Cultivating Energy: How Western Counties Can Leverage their Natural Assets to Stimulate Local Economies

10:45 am to 12:15 pmLandmark Room, Great Hall Conference Center

Counties can play a major role in increasing American energy independence by increasing the supply of renewable energy and decreasing the demand for energy through energy efficiency improvements. Over time, local investments can also help lower the cost of energy for small businesses and agricultural producers. Counties in the West have a geographical edge when it comes to the burgeoning energy field – and stand to attract long-term, high-paying jobs if they act on their natural advantage. This session will address best practice examples of strategies currently being implemented in rural areas across the West, where smaller counties are boosting their local economies by improving and streamlining their local energy policies and processes.

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10:45 am to 12:15 pm

More is Possible: A Presentation by the Association of O & C Counties on Sustained Yield Management

10:45 am to 12:15 pmAbbot Room, Sunriver Lodge Building

Join this workshop to hear a presentation by the Association of O&C Counties on how they use the Sustained Yield model to improve the well-being of rural communities both economically and socially.  The O & C Lands have a unique history and controversy dating back over 150 years.  Eighty years ago the O &C Act established a model for Sustained Yield Management which has demonstrated that timber production to generate revenue for the eighteen O & C counties can simultaneously provide for other forest values such as wildlife habitats for endangered species, clean water, carbon sequestration, and recreational opportunities.  

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10:45 am to 12:15 pm

NACo 101:  Learn About Your Association!

10:45 am to 12:15 pmGreat Hall Room, Great Hall Conference Center

Get to know NACo and the Financial Services Center (FSC) a little better. As a membership organization, NACo is governed by its members; including policy, benefits, budgets and more. Whether you are new to NACo or a NACo pro, learn about NACo’s structure as well as the different programs available through NACo’s FSC. This is a continuation of the NACo Board Orientation series, but is open for all to attend.

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12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Closing Luncheon and Installation of WIR Officers

12:30 pm to 2:00 pmHomestead Ballroom, Homestead Building

Presentation of the Dale Sowards Award