Western Interstate Region

The Western Interstate Region is affiliated with the National Association of Counties and is dedicated to the promotion of Western interests within NACo. These interests include public land issues (use and conservation), community stability and economic development, and the promotion of the traditional Western way of life. Its membership consists of fifteen Western states, (Alaska, Hawaii, Wash., Ore., Calif., Idaho, Nev., Ariz., Mont., Wyo., Colo., N.M., Utah, N.D., S.D.) with membership funded through the individual state associations.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Mission Statement

The Western Interstate Region (WIR) exists to be the counties' advocate for public policy issues affecting the West.

Policy Briefs

  • Policy Brief

    Provide Full Mandatory Funding for the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program

    Urge your members of Congress to support mandatory full funding for the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. Because local governments are unable to tax the property values or products derived from federal lands, PILT payments are necessary to support essential local government services. Unless Congress acts, counties will have received their last fully-funded PILT disbursement in 2019. Without mandatory full funding, PILT will remain a discretionary program (subject to the annual appropriations process) and could fall back to pre-2008 funding levels, which would devastate local government service delivery in areas with significant federal land ownership.

Latest Resources

  • Video | Apr. 22, 2019

    This week's video includes the U.S. Senate confirmation of David Bernhardt to become the new U.S. Secretary of the Interior, the release of payments for the Secure Rural Schools program to states, U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants for emergency preparedness and more.

  • Video | Apr. 15, 2019

    This week's video includes an update on the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, efforts to repeal the 40% excise tax on high cost employer health plans set to take effect in 2022, testimony in support of the Economic Development Administration and more.

  • Video | Apr. 1, 2019

    This week's video includes the latest on the annual appropriations process, "Dear Colleague" letters in support of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program, the Community Development Block Grant and the HOME Investments Partnerships Program, the National Flood Insurance Program, new rules on overtime pay and more.

Western Interstate Region Board of Directors

President

Tommie Martin
Supervisor
Gila County, Arizona

 

First Vice President

Kevin Cann
Supervisor
Mariposa County, California

 

Second Vice President

Greg Chilcott
Commissioner
Ravalli County, Montana

 

Immediate Past President

Joel Bousman
Commissioner
Sublette County, Wyoming

 

Contact

  • Associate Legislative Director – Public Lands and Liaison to the Western Interstate Region  
    (202) 942-4207

More From

  • 2019 WIR Conference

    The NACo Western Interstate Region (WIR) Conference brings together county officials from across the nation to focus on pressing issues facing counties and our residents. Each year the conference provides attendees with the opportunity to interact with federal, state and regional policymakers, participate in educational sessions and take home tools to address challenges. All conference activities (with the exception of off-site evening receptions and mobile tours) are taking place at The Davenport Grand Hotel.

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