Apply Now: 2024-2025 Presidential Appointments

This application must be completed by anyone who would like to be considered for a leadership position on a steering, standing or ad hoc committee. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on April 26, 2024.

Celebrate National County Government Month

This April, join us in celebrating National County Government Month (NCGM). This is an excellent opportunity for counties, parishes and boroughs to highlight effective programs and raise public awareness about our essential roles and responsibilities. Below, explore our tools to help tell the county story, inspire civic engagement and educate a wide range of audiences about county government.

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Counties Matter: Stronger Counties. Stronger America.

Counties Matter. Counties serve nearly every American every day. Urban, suburban and rural — counties work with states, the federal government and other public and private partners to keep our communities healthy, safe and vibrant.


The Marvelous Adventures of Countyland

The Marvelous Adventures of Countyland is an experimental publication created with generative artificial intelligence (AI). Its objectives are to showcase the capabilities of AI, to stimulate discussions regarding AI's applications in the public sector, and to inspire young people around the role of county government.

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America's County Governments: A Short Primer on Our History, Definitions, Structures and Authorities

Counties are one of America’s oldest forms of government, dating back to 1634 when the first county governments (shires) were established along the eastern shores of Virginia. Though today, the governance and organizational structures vary nationally and even within a state, all 3,069 county, parish and borough governments are on the front lines of delivering vital services to residents.

ICivics Game

Counties Work Game & Curriculum

NACo, together with iCivics, has created an online game and curriculum to educate students grade levels 6-12 about the important role and functions of county government. 


Governing on the Ground

Governing on the Ground is an inside look at the complex challenges faced by officials as they strive to strengthen their communities. The book features 30 short chapters contributed by county leaders.

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County Governance Project

A comprehensive guide to county government structure, authority, services and finances.

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The County Landscape

Counties are one of America’s original forms of government, dating back to 1634 when the first county governments (shires) were established in Virginia. The organization and structure of today’s 3,069 county governments are chartered under state constitutions or laws and are tailored to fit the needs and characteristics of the state and local areas.


County Explorer Data

Explore your county through over 1000 indicators and nearly 100 datasets.

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Opportunities to Engage

Get involved with NACo! Find open opportunities for cohorts, initiatives and working groups, learn how to join a committee and make a difference, or check our our membership roadmap to learn more about getting involved.

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Applications Open: Rural Leaders for Economic Mobility (RLEM)

NACo is partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to create a peer-learning opportunity for rural county leaders to advance upward economic mobility to move individuals and families in their communities out of poverty. NACo will select 10 member counties with populations of less than 50,000 to be part of the new Rural Leaders for Economic Mobility (RLEM) cohort.


Application for 2024–2025 Presidential Leadership and Committee Appointments

While you serve your county in vast ways, I ask you to strongly consider submitting your name for a leadership position at NACo. Together, we can achieve results for our counties and the people we serve each and every day.

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How to Get Involved with NACo

Join a committee and make a difference. NACo members have the opportunity to serve on 31 committees, caucuses, task forces and advisory boards to inform national policymaking and help solve problems impacting counties, boroughs and parishes.


NACo Membership Roadmap

Find the tools you need to make the most of your NACo membership

Advocacy Resources

Detailed analysis and customizable tools to support outreach on federal policy issues.

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Legislative Analysis for Counties: FY 2024 Appropriations

In March 2024, Congress passed and the president signed two Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 “minibus” appropriations bills to fund the federal government through September 30, 2024.

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Cost-Saving Tools

Solutions from NACo EDGE

NACo EDGE establishes sustainable, cost-saving and value-added solutions that can be applied to counties nationwide. By providing quality solutions, we strive to develop and maintain healthy, vibrant and safe counties across the United States.

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Solutions for Counties

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NACo Deferred Compensation Program

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

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.


Public Promise Procurement

Providing public sector and other entities with a vetted, transparent option for purchasing goods and services more efficiently and cost effectively.

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Live Healthy U.S. Counties

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®

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.

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ClearGov® is the leading provider of budget cycle management software, focused on helping local governments streamline the annual budgeting process.

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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training administered by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing.


NACo High Performance Leadership Academy

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.


NACo Enterprise Cybersecurity Leadership Academy

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.

Upcoming Events


Counties Securing the Nation’s Elections: Handling The Rise of Generative Artificial Intelligence

During this tabletop webinar, NACo members will hear from experts on these new challenges and how counties can be proactive in addressing them this election cycle and beyond.

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Counties and the Inflation Reduction Act: Elective Pay Update

On March 5, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) issued final regulations for the elective pay mechanism established in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Using elective pay, also known as direct pay, counties and other tax-exempt entities can monetize certain clean energy tax credits that they have previously been unable to access due to their lack of tax liability. On March 5, Treasury also unveiled a new proposed rule to provide criteria regarding the eligibility of certain ownership structures to claim elective pay. During this webinar, counties will hear from Treasury and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on these new regulations and other funding opportunities available under IRA.

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Global Connections for Your Local Economy Virtual Training #2: Crash Course on the Site Selection Process

In this second training, we will receive an overview of the site selection process and discuss key characteristics for which multinational companies look throughout this process.


Navigating Social Media as a Local Leader in the Wake of Recent SCOTUS Decision

This webinar is hosted in partnership with NLC. 


Modernizing County Finance with Digital Disbursements

This session will provide an in-depth overview of the successful pilot project by Knox County, Ill., the National Association of Counties (NACo), and Visa, sharing how they delivered fast and secure payments to county election judges and jurors.

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Global Connections for Your Local Economy Virtual Training #3: “Nailing It” at the 2024 SelectUSA Investment Summit – An Opportunity for Action

Join the International Economic Development Task Force throughout this Spring for a special virtual training series on how to bring jobs and capital to your community through foreign investment. In this third training, learn how you can apply the strategies discussed so far and make real-time connections with global businesses at the 2024 SelectUSA Investment Summit (Jun. 23-26) near Washington, D.C.

County News

Stay up-to-date on America's counties with NACo's award-winning County News.

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County News

County pen pal program helps developmentally disabled residents

Marion County, Ohio’s program has matched 90 people who communicate the “old fashioned way” and develop meaningful friendships in the process.

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County News

Crowd management, emergency drills top county eclipse prep checklists

The April 8 total solar eclipse, described as a once-in-a-lifetime event, is sure to draw crowds from Texas to Maine, with counties largely in charge of their safety.

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County News

Counties offer a second chance after incarceration

From job fairs and housing programs to educational opportunities, counties offer a second chance after incarceration.

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