Written by Kathy Nothstine, NACo Program Director.
Under the leadership of President Linda Langston (Supervisor
of Linn County, Iowa), the National Association of Counties is embarking on an
initiative in 2013 and 2014 to strengthen the resilience of America’s 3,069
In order to remain healthy, vibrant, safe, and economically
competitive, counties must be able to anticipate and adapt to all types of
change. Through the Resilient Counties initiative, NACo will work
with counties and their stakeholders to bolster their ability to thrive amid ever-shifting
physical, social, and economic conditions.
Events such as hurricanes, wildfires, economic collapse, security
threats, and other disasters can be natural or man-made, acute or long-term,
foreseeable or unpredictable. Preparation for and recovery from such events
require both long-term planning and immediate action. NACo will work to
strengthen county resiliency by building leadership capacity to identify and
manage risk and enable counties to become more flexible and responsive. A
particular focus will be on collaborative approaches to service delivery in a
time of increasingly shrinking budgets, as well as opportunities to partner
with public and private sector partners at varying scales.
Additionally, the Resilient Counties initiative will explore ways that
counties can develop and implement locally driven strategies to foster economic
competitiveness and create great communities. NACo will support counties in:
A key component of county resiliency is building and supporting
those great places where businesses want to locate, people want to live, and
communities can prosper.</p>
- creating ways to leverage new
- taking advantage of changing technologies
- tapping into emerging talent and
A key component of county
resiliency is building and supporting those great places where businesses want
to locate, people want to live, and communities can prosper.
Within this initiative, NACo will
sponsor trainings, peer networking, and resource development to support county
executives and other public- and private-sector partners seeking to bolster
county resilience. Look for announcements and communications about upcoming
activities at www.NACo.org! For more
information and details on how to get involved, contact NACo Program Director
Kathy Nothstine at firstname.lastname@example.org.