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January 12
​NACo Leadership Convenes in Washington, D. C. to Develop 2014 Advocacy Strategies

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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 legislative conference.

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:

  • ​protect the federal-state-local partnership for Medicaid
  • support the key federal investments in programs that promote local job creation and economic growth
  • protect county revenue and investment strategies
  • support federal land revenue sharing and the payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) programs
  • oppose unfunded and underfunded mandates
  • promote county priorities within immigration reform
  • support rural development and the Farm Bill, and
  • support county priorities in the reauthorization of the surface transportation bill (MAP-21).

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.

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