|Strong Economies, Resilient Counties: The Role of Counties in Economic Development
Counties are responsible for providing core services, such as human services, criminal justice, public welfare and infrastructure, to communities of all sizes across America. To ensure the delivery of these essential services, support job growth and maintain a healthy revenue base, counties invest in economic development activities in a number of ways.
A Workforce that Works: County Innovations in Workforce Development
Counties can employ a variety of strategies to deliver workforce development approaches that respond to industry needs, promote economic growth and enrich community quality of life. This issue brief highlights four counties that are aligning workforce development with economic development efforts to sustain a competitive and healthy economy.
Sustainable Ports: Strategies for Port Development and Operations
This issue brief explores the vital role that ports play in counties across the U.S., and what steps counties can take to ensure that they minimize their ports’ environmental impact while remaining competitive in local and global commercial activities. Case studies highlight innovative work that counties are already doing, and offer ideas and additional resources to support counties in promoting more efficient and sustainable port development.
Top 12 Things to Include in Parade Safety Plans
Parades and special events are a great way to foster and celebrate community. To ensure that these events are safe and enjoyable for all involved, NACo collaborated with the National League of Cities and ICMA to create a guide for cities, counties and local governments to use when developing regulations for parades and other events. The Top 12 Things to Include in Parade Safety Plans highlights some of the critical elements to include in local ordinances and permitting regulations.
Understanding the Smart Grid: A Guide for County Leaders
In February of 2014, the National Association of Counties released an issue brief on the role that counties can play in advancing energy technology through the adoption of and investment in smart grid technologies.
The Road Ahead: County Transportation Funding and Financing
Counties are an essential part of the nation's transportation system. They are responsible for building and maintaining 45% of the public roads, 230,690 bridges and are involved in a third of the nation's transit and airport systems that connect residents, businesses and communities.
Restoring Habitats for Resilient Coastal Economies
This issue brief provides coastal counties and coastal managers with an overview of how environmental restoration initiatives can help strengthen the ongoing vitality of coastal economies. Specifically, the issue brief provides examples from counties that are pursuing coastal restoration projects to promote storm and flood resiliency, support coastal tourism, protect healthy fisheries and create coastal jobs.
County Tracker 2013: On the Path to Recovery
This report and interactive assesses the performance of America's 3,069 county economies in 2013 by studying annual changes in four economic indicators across three time periods.
Spotlight on Large Urban Counties: Leadership in Action
This report profiles how large urban counties in the U.S. are driving economic recovery, fostering community resilience and pioneering new approaches to public service. The publication highlights noteworthy initiatives of 23 counties, covering such topics as economic development, health, justice, resilience, technology, and transportation and infrastructure.
Strategies to Bolster Economic Resilience: County Leadership in Action
This publication features eight case studies demonstrating how some county leaders are pursuing innovative strategies to create healthy, safe, vibrant and economically resilient communities. From crafting economic visions and supporting new business ventures, to training local workers and assisting entrepreneurs, county leaders and their partners are approaching economic development in compelling new ways.
Digital Coast: Tools to Promote County Resilience
The report provides an overview of Digital Coast, a suite of tools to analyze and communicate about coastal natural resource management issues. Developed by NOAA Coastal Services Center, with support from partnership organizations, Digital Coast offers powerful tools to assist users in accessing data on coastal vulnerability, simulating projections of impacts, creating publishable visualizations and ‘snapshots’ of potential future scenarios, and more.
Strategic Visioning for Community and Economic Development: Keys to Engaging Stakeholders
This guide discusses how to effectively engage stakeholders in the community. It is a companion to another NACo guide, Strategic Visioning for Community and Economic Development: Keys to Managing Public Dialogue. Together they intended to provide local and regional leaders with tips and resources regarding effective public engagement and dialogue.
Keys to Managing Public Dialogue
To assist local and regional leaders to facilitate constructive public engagement about community visioning, economic development and sustainability, NACo conducted an interactive webinar, “Everyone Remain Calm: Effective Strategies for Engaging Your Community on Sustainability.”
Protecting Bonds to Save Infrastructure and Jobs
This report examines the importance of tax-exempt municipal bonds as the most important tool in the United States for financing investments in schools, roads, water and sewer systems, airports, bridges and other vital structures. A joint report from NACo, The National League of Cities and The United States Conference of Mayors.
Energy Efficient County Buildings
In May of 2012, the National Association of Counties
and the Institute for Building Technology and Safety
(IBTS) launched a study to learn more about how
counties use energy in their buildings.
The County Sustainability Team
A poster which visually demonstrates the various departments within county government that are influencing sustainability to better their communities. Hard copies of the poster are available upon request.