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First Mobile App Smack Down ready for all comers​

It’s billed as an event for county information officers, but there’re no digital credentials required to attend the first ever NACo Mobile Apps Smack Down to be held during the CIO Summit on Thursday, July 10 in New Orleans just before NACo’s Annual Conference & Exposition.​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Worried about your county’s Cybersecurity? Fear no more!

Attend Behind the Headlines: What Every Elected Official Should Know about Cybersecurity, one of the sessions at NACo’s Technology Innovation Summit, Friday, July 11, 8:45 a.m.  Organizers promise you won’t be overwhelmed with technical details as you explore cybersecurity from a risk management standpoint.

No Cost Registration required for the Tech Summit. Contact Bert Jarreau,​ 

Curious about Google Glass? The Tech Summit’s the place.

First, you can sign up at the Google booth next to the Tech Summit’s registration desk to test the latest in digital wearable gear. Also, there’s more inside information promised as the Tech Summit’s luncheon presentation takes An Insiders Look at Google Glass.

No Cost Registration required for the Tech Summit. Contact Bert Jarreau,​ 

Questions about new WOTUS definition? Here’s your chance to get the straight scoop

There’s a “Waters of the U.S.” meeting with EPA scheduled for Friday, July 11 from 3 p.m.–4:30 p.m., RO3 at the Morial Convention Center.  EPA plans to talk with counties about its proposed Definition of Waters of the U.S. under the Clean Water Act rule, jointly released with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). It would affect county-owned and maintained roadside ditches, flood control channels, drainage conveyances, storm water systems, green infrastructure construction and maintenance activities.

Talk about Big Data …

A workshop, From Data to Advocacy: Using NACo’s Research Database will introduce the easy-to-use NACo resource for getting reliable information about any county in the U.S., from federal funding to employment to demographics. Put on your calendar for Sunday, July 13, 2:30 p.m. 

Growth. Prosperity. Jobs. How to hold them. How to grow them.

  • This interactive workshop — Identifying Multiple Forms of Wealth for Lasting Growth and Prosperity will help county leaders examine tangible ways to build on their existing and underutilized assets to stay economically competitive. Sunday, July 13, 2:30 p.m 
  • A Workforce that Works: Innovations in Workforce Development will explore and discuss innovative workforce development efforts, highlighting counties that are overhauling their workforce systems to better meet industry demands and supply a skilled and ready workforce. Sunday, July 13, 4 p.m.

Pipeline Safety Questions? This Mobile Workshop Could Be the Answer

Carrying the Energy: A Tour of Pipeline Infrastructure and Safety on Sunday, July 13, from 9 a.m.–noon, features a site tour of Entergy New Orleans, an electric and gas utility serving Orleans Parish, to help county leaders understand transmission pipeline infrastructure and actions they can take to enhance pipeline safety. 

A Chance to Give Back at NextGen’s Service Project

Participants will assemble and package 250 hygiene kits, which will later be distributed to residents of the New Orleans Mission.

Friday, July 11, 9 a.m.–11:30 am at the Morial Convention Center, Hall B.


Want to learn more about helping the Veterans in your county? 

NACo can do that! At Boots on the Ground… Monday, July 14, you can learn what a county veteran service officer (CVSO) does to connect veterans with their benefits and how you can get one in your county, 9 a.m. 

Free Food! – Of course, there’s much more to it than that…

The Health Care Breakfast Roundtable on Friday, July 11 at 8 a.m. will debut the results of a NACo survey that asked counties about the health care benefits they offered their employees. There will also be a chance to discuss how counties are using partnerships and new payment delivery models to achieve better health and reduced costs for employees, retirees and residents. 

Hoping to get good ideas about Health Care — benefits, costs and well-being. 

Look no further. We’ve got you covered!

  • Employee WELLNESS Programs: Return on Investments 101

How do you determine if your investment in employee wellness programs will reap a return? How have counties demonstrated returns? What program components are critical for producing returns?  Find out more at this workshop on Sunday, July 13.

  • Strategically Navigating the Business Side of County Health Facilities

What questions should you be asking your health care facility’s leadership to understand its financial performance? What strategies and tools are counties using to effectively assess their facilities’ financial performance? Attend this session for answer Sunday, July 13.

  • Building a Healthy, Prosperous, Sustainable County: County Solutions to Improve Health

In the first 30 minutes, learn from two “best practice” counties about how thinking outside typical health care issues improved the health of their counties. The rest of the workshop (60 minutes) will consist of roundtable discussions that focus on five different questions: health behaviors, social factors, economic factors, physical environment and how to overcome challenges and barriers in implementing new policies.The workshop is Sunday, July 13, at 2:30 p.m. 

Pick up the Pubs

Conferences are BIG publishing events for NACo’s team of experts. Here’s just a sample of the new publications to be released at the conference. Be sure to get your copy.

  • Issue Brief: Profiles of County Innovations is Health Care Delivery: Accountable Care Communities
  • Issue Brief: Profiles of County Innovations in Health Care Delivery: Accountable Care Organizations
  • Phases of FUSE: Planning and Implementing Successful Supportive Housing
  • Questions and Answers: The Affordable care Act and County Jails
  • Top 12 Things to Include in Parade Safety Plans
  • Smart Justice one-pager
  • Juvenile Justice one-pager
  • Sustainable Ports: Strategies for Port Development and Operation
  • Community Dialogue Report (health care)
  • Digital Coast: Tools to Promote County Resilience
  • A Workforce that Works Issue Brief
  • Planning Resilient Water Systems: County Case Studies