Rural Action Caucus

Rural Impact County Challenge
Recognizing the critical role local officials play in supporting innovation and change, NACo and the White House Rural Council have come together on a national initiative to help advance counties’ efforts to reduce the number of rural children and families living in poverty

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NACo's Rural Action Caucus (RAC) is a key component of NACo.  RAC is the voice for America's rural counties before Congress and the Administration.  Nearly two-thirds of the nation's 3,069 counties are designated as rural, with a combined population of 60 million.

County elected officials from these rural areas are dedicated to solving many critical issues impacting rural life and development. These include infrastructure development, broadband deployment, development of new rural clinics and hospitals, road and bridge construction and maintenance, business development opportunities and many more county responsibilities.

Since 1997, NACo's Rural Action Caucus has addressed critical federal, state and local issues

Latest Resources

  • Reports & Toolkits | Jan. 13, 2020

    NACo works to preserve local decision making, protect counties from unfunded mandates and preemption and strengthen the federal-state-local partnership.

  • Press Release | Dec. 13, 2018

    Key county victories achieved in rural development, nutrition, conservation

  • Document | Sep. 20, 2018

    As the governing authority over the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the farm bill is critical for counties who are responsible for delivering and administering vital services to many of our nation’s vulnerable families.

Get involved with RAC.  Individual county officials or staff from NACo member counties are eligible to join. RAC members receive periodic updates on key issues affecting rural counties. Learn more:

RAC Steering Committee

Chair

Ron Berry
Commissioner
Roane County, Tennessee

 

Vice Chair

Virginia Bass
Supervisor
Humboldt County, California

 

Jason Brinkley
County Judge
Cooke County, Texas

 

Tarryl Clark
Commissioner
Stearns County, Minnesota

 

Lena Fowler
Supervisor, District 5
Coconino County, Arizona

 

Robert Post
Commissioner
Banner County, Nebraska

 

Orlando Trainer
County Supervisor
Oktibbeha County, Mississippi

 

Contact

  • Associate Legislative Director – Political Outreach Manager  
    (202) 942-4230