Innovation in Workforce Development
Given the fact that many local governments across the country are vulnerable to ever-tightening budget constraints and declining civic and institutional capacity, there is a strong case for acting on a regional level to meet workforce and economic development goals. Although it is not always easy and may require more time, it is clear that collaboration on the regional level serves as an effective approach for counties to develop a skilled and ready workforce.
Hear how Clackamas County, Oregon's Workforce Investment Council is serving as a regional convener to meet the needs of businesses and workers alike
– Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:41:43 +0000
Counties & Behavioral Health Integration
Behavioral health care integration is one of the most transformative activities taking place in counties across the country today. Olmsted County, Minnesota and the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors discuss the opportunities, challenges, and the road ahead for counties. Olmsted County also describes how integration is creating a culture of better health and led to savings in some areas by partnering with others.
– Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:25:03 +0000
Partnerships to Finance Renewable Energy
Public-private partnerships are becoming a popular option for counties to finance and develop renewable energy projects. NACo recently chatted with Darrin Casper, CFO of Salt Lake County, Utah to discuss how a public-private partnership enabled the county to cost-effectively develop one of the largest rooftop solar arrays in the county.
– Fri, 09 May 2014 14:46:40 +0000
Creating a Culture of Health
The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, now in its fifth year, helps counties build a culture of health. NACo sat down with Bridget Catlin and Julie Willems Van Dijk of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to discuss the program, as well as with several county elected and health officials to discuss how counties are using the tool.
– Sat, 03 May 2014 17:22:42 +0000
County Innovations in Transportation
Counties are major players in transportation. They own 45% of all public roads, almost four in ten bridges, and are involved in a third of transit and airport systems. NACo recently sat down with a group of experts including Emilia Istrate, NACo Director of Research, Commissioner Jeff Haste of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, and Chris Hodgkins, the concessionaire for the Port of Miami Tunnel to discuss some of the unique challenges facing counties and the innovative solutions they have come up with to deal with their transportation issues.
– Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:15:27 +0000
Forest Fire Mitigation and Resiliency
Forest fires are unsettling events in any community, and unfortunately, an increasing number of America’s 3,069 counties are facing these types of disasters each year. They are becoming more prominent, and a fact of life. Gila County, AZ, has been a leading county innovator in resilience and in mitigating forest fires. County Supervisor Tommie Cline Martin recently participated in the NACo’s Rural Action Caucus fly-in in Washington, DC, and sat down with NACo Executive Director, Matt Chase to discuss their efforts.
– Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:45:59 +0000
Risk-based Decisions Improve Results II
NACo talks with the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) – as well as Commissioner Chris Rodgers of Douglas County, Nebraska and Commissioner Sallie Clark of El Paso County, Colorado – about the problems with the current pretrial justice system and how the use of risk assessment tools pretrial – much like the determinations your insurance company makes – can save your county money and increase public safety. This podcast serves as part two of a two-part podcast on the pretrial justice system.
– Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:13:30 +0000
Risk-based Decisions Improve Results I
NACo talks with the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) about the problems with the current pretrial justice system and how the use of risk assessment tools pretrial – much like the determinations your insurance company makes – can save your county money and increase public safety. This podcast serves as part one of a two part podcast on the pretrial justice system.
– Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:04:54 +0000