Large Urban County Caucus

The LUCC Symposium is the premier national forum for the exchange of knowledge and solutions that enhance the operations of metropolitan counties, which collectively serve 150 million American residents. All urban county officials are invited to attend the Symposium to connect with peers, thought-leaders and national experts and to participate in timely conversations on the common issues facing their jurisdictions.

Event Info

America’s urban counties play a prominent role in 150 MILLION RESIDENTS’ LIVES every day. We foster conditions for economic strength, build and maintain transportation systems and critical infrastructure, promote community health and well-being, champion justice and public safety and implement a broad portfolio of federal, state and local programs.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) Large Urban County Caucus, or “LUCC,” is the premier forum for urban county leaders and is the voice for America’s metropolitan counties before Congress and the Administration. Comprised of county executives, governing board members and other senior elected officials, LUCC members focus on urban challenges and solutions, engage in peer-to-peer information exchanges, inform national policy discussions. 

Latest Resources

  • Reports & Toolkits | Sep. 12, 2018

    In order to educate federal policymakers on issues around Medicaid and justice-involved individuals, NACo recently released a new report titled, "Medicaid Coverage and County Jails: Understanding Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Health Outcomes for Justice-Involved Individuals."

  • Educational Presentation | Nov. 9, 2015

    Child poverty rates in the United States have increased significantly since 2000, peaking in 2010 at the highest level since the 1960's. Furthermore, the place in which a child spends his or her childhood has increasingly come to determine that child's future income opportunities.

  • Educational Presentation | Nov. 9, 2015

    Today, suburbs are home to the largest and fastest growing poor population across the United States. Despite the rapid growth in suburban poverty rates compared to those within major cities over the last decade, available resources and support services have been slow to respond to this shift.

Learn more about getting involved in NACo's Large Urban County Caucus

LUCC Steering Committee


Larry Johnson
DeKalb County, Georgia


Vice Chair

Kathryn Barger
Los Angeles County, California


Theresa Daniel
Dallas County, Texas


Edward Emmett
County Judge
Harris County, Texas


John O'Grady
Franklin County, Ohio


Mark Poloncarz
County Executive
Erie County, New York


Jim Talen
Kent County, Michigan


Betsy VanderLey
Orange County, Florida


Immediate Past Chair

Jim McDonough
Ramsey County, Minnesota



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