|Tracking County Energy Savings and Emissions Reductions
Counties across the country are taking steps to improve building efficiency, resulting in environmental benefits and saving taxpayers’ dollars. Since 2004, NACo has helped counties implement their energy savings work by tracking their electricity and natural gas usage via ENERGY STAR’s free Portfolio Manager Tool.
The Affordable Care Act and County Jails: Q & A
The implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has set off reforms in health care systems across the county, including county jails. This brief will answer some of the most commonly asked questions about the ACA and how it relates to county jails.
Health Coverage and County Jails: Inpatient Exception
The implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is bringing about many changes to health care in the United States and counties and jails are revisiting their Medicaid enrollment and billing practices for detainees and inmates. This brief features information about the 24-hour inpatient exception, which allows jails to bill Medicaid when an eligible detainee or inmate is taken to a hospital or other medical facility for more than 24 hours.
Health Coverage and County Jails: Suspension vs. Termination
The implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is bringing about many changes to health care in the United States and counties and jails are revisiting their Medicaid enrollment and billing practices for detainees and inmates. This brief features information about the impact that policies on suspension or termination of Medicaid during incarceration or detention has on county jails and their ability to enroll inmates in health coverage.
Severe Weather Adaptation: Coastal Resiliency County Case Studies Vol. 2
When faced with the threat of weather impacts,the risk management choices are broadly the same: resistance, accommodation, avoidance, transfer and acceptance. The case studies in this publication explore three counties’ approaches to reducing vulnerability and exposure using planning, technology and collaboration tools.
Improving Lifelines: Protecting Critical Infrastructure for Resilient Counties
Counties need to be able to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters in a timely fashion, and as part of this preparation, they need to ensure that critical infrastructure, such as energy, water, communications and transportation, remain operational, or that service can be quickly returned to normal following a disaster.
Recommended Pipeline Safety Practices for Local Governments
County governments maintain a number of public facilities and make local land use and development decisions, and it is important for county leaders be aware of how these responsibilities impact existing pipeline infrastructure.
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.