NACo Officers, Steering Committee Chairs and Executive and Legislative Staff meet at NACo headquarters on January 8 in Washington, DC to discuss 2014 strategies and priorities.
Under the direction of NACo President and Linn County, Iowa Supervisor Linda
Langston, chairs of the 10 NACo Policy Steering Committees, Rural Action Caucus
and Large Urban County Caucus met this week in Washington, D.C. to firm up
strategies to effectively deliver the county message to Capitol Hill this year.
NACo officers and key NACo staff discussed targeted advocacy and communications
strategies for achieving NACo’s legislative and policy goals.
The primary objectives for NACo
leaders included developing strategies for the growth and engagement of
steering committees and caucuses, identification of targeted strategies for
achieving legislative and policy goals, streamlining of improving committee
operations, and the maximization of member engagement during the NACo
Legislation and policy is the
heart of NACo's role in Washington, D.C. As the voice of America's counties,
NACo is responsible for representing counties in Congress and with the federal
executive agencies. Following the development of top federal priorities
at the steering committee level, NACo’s Board of Directors selected the
following are NACo’s key legislative priorities for 2014:
the federal-state-local partnership for Medicaid
the key federal investments in programs that promote local job creation and
county revenue and investment strategies
federal land revenue sharing and the payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) programs
unfunded and underfunded mandates
county priorities within immigration reform
rural development and the Farm Bill, and
county priorities in the reauthorization of the surface transportation bill
NACo’s 2014 Chairs’ Strategic Planning Fly-In was held Jan.
7-8 at NACo headquarters in Washington. The meetings included the policy and
caucus committee chairs, NACo officers and key NACo staff who discussed
targeted advocacy and communications strategies for achieving NACo’s
legislative and policy goals on Capitol Hill.