Strengthening America's Counties
Healthy, safe and vibrant counties across America
Serving Our Residents
County governments are so present in our everyday lives that we sometimes overlook the many ways counties help our communities thrive. Often behind the scenes, county leaders are responsible for maintaining roads and bridges, caring for our physical and mental health, administering our elections, ensuring public safety, strengthening environmental stewardship, and so much more.
Counties by the Numbers
America's counties employ 3.6 million public servants, representing one out of every 50 American workers.
40,000 county elected officials are responsible for maintaining roads and bridges, caring for our health, administering elections, ensuring public safety, strengthening environmental stewardship and so much more.
Invested each year
Counties invest over $600 billion annually into our communities.
Our Top Picks
2024 NACo Legislative Conference
The NACo Legislative Conference brings together nearly 2,000 elected and appointed county officials to focus on federal policy issues that impact counties and our residents.
Join county leaders for NACo's Fall Board of Directors Meeting in Ramsey County, Minn. to focus on NACo's presidential spotlight, ForwardTogether.
Local governments have been impacted by the workforce crisis, yet they have not fully leveraged the potential of neurodivergent individuals. Despite having high attention to detail, pattern recognition, and many other valuable skills, there are several barriers preventing local governments from hiring neurodivergent individuals. Join us to learn about these barriers and solutions to overcome them.
In response to the growing threat landscape and complexity of the interdependent and networked business of counties, NACo is partnering with the Professional Development Academy and their community of CISOs, CIOS, risk managers and cyber leaders to launch cyberattack simulation training.
Community Engagement, Partnerships, and Education: Fostering Healthy Dialogues and Collaborations with Community Organizations and Neighboring Counties to Advance Housing Affordability
Understand housing's broader community impact, focusing on collaboration and benefit-driven narratives.
Increasing SNAP and WIC Enrollment via County-Led Systems Change
Join this webinar to hear how county leaders advocated for veterans and learn how purchasing supplies from veteran-owned businesses can be part of your year-round smart buying strategy.
Solutions for Counties
NACo's Deferred Compensation Program has helped more than 1.5 million county employees and retirees save for and live comfortably in retirement. More than 423,000 county employees from over 3,000 county agencies participate, with accumulated assets of more than $25 billion.
Public Promise Insurance is a fully licensed provider that strengthens local governments. We provide voluntary benefits to public employees and their families with cost effective and best-in-class solutions.
Providing public sector and other entities with a vetted, transparent option for purchasing goods and services more efficiently and cost effectively.
The NACo Live Healthy Prescription, Health & Dental Discount Program is a no-cost program available to all member counties, providing relief to uninsured and underinsured Americans facing growing health costs.
cashvest® by threeplusone® provides a new and unparalleled level of liquidity analysis and data services for local, county, school district and community college governing bodies.
ClearGov® is the leading provider of budget cycle management software, focused on helping local governments streamline the annual budgeting process.
Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training administered by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing.
The NACo High Performance Leadership Academy is an innovative, completely online 12-week program created to equip frontline county government professionals with practical leadership skills to deliver results for counties and communities.
The NACo Enterprise Cybersecurity Leadership Academy is an online 12-week collaborative readiness program led by Fortune 500 CISOs and peers who deliver a proven framework and insights on leading and securing a network and an organization.
Featured Initiatives & Resources
In this resource hub, find stories of counties investing these resource to support our residents, technical assistance in implementing these programs in your county and our latest analysis and research.
NACo's Opioid Solutions Center empowers local leaders to invest resources in effective treatment, recovery, prevention and harm reduction practices that save lives and address the underlying causes of substance use disorder.
Launched in February 2023, the NACo Commission on Mental Health and Wellbeing brings together county leaders from across the nation to take action to address the ever-growing mental health crisis from the county government perspective.
County News: Celebrating 55 Years
NACo's award-winning County News is celebrating 55 years covering America's counties.
Stories from county officials help members of Congress understand funding needs during negotiations for the next farm bill, which affects a wide swath of rural priorities.
Elected officials can help promote the use of a more holistic approach to combatting substance use disorder.
Her involvement with her children's PTAs drove Betty Lou Ward to run for the Wake County, N.C. Board of Commissioners to work to improve schools, libraries and parks.
Although the lack of broadband, transit, childcare and housing are all stacked against rural counties as they develop the kind of robust workforce that can attract business, planning and relationships between state and local government can help alleviate some of those challenges.
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