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August 07
NACo President Linda Langston Launches “Resilient Counties” Initiative

Written by Kathy Nothstine​, NACo Program Director​.

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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 counties.

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:

  • creating ways to leverage new opportunities
  • taking advantage of changing technologies
  • tapping into emerging talent and innovation. 
​​​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>

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 knothstine@naco.org.​

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