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EMLN adds eight new members

Coconino County, Ariz. Supervisor Lena Fowler asks a question during an April 2022 EMLN convening in Mercer County, W.Va. Photo by Hugh Clarke

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    EMLN adds eight new members

    Eight county leaders will be joining NACo's Economic Mobility Leadership Network. The EMLN is a cohort of county elected leaders focused on helping residents move up the economic ladder. EMLN members examine the range of interconnected issues that comprise economic mobility, including housing and workforce development and an overall lack of opportunity. The EMLN participates in peer-to-peer learning experiences during interactive, multi-day site visits to diverse counties across the country. The network will meet in September in Palm Beach County, Fla.

    The new EMLN members include:

    Supervisor Bruno Sabatier, Lake County, Calif.

    Lake County is a mid-sized county located in Northern California. Local priorities include a lack of affordable housing and an under skilled labor force. With limited accessible higher education, poverty is the greatest local challenge. When bringing in jobs, the easiest to fill are low wage. If education is emphasized, many may leave to get the positions they want in higher paying areas. If homebuilding is prioritized, often the only viable development is government-subsidized low-income housing. Balancing these challenges and forging a path forward is key to Lake County’s economic future.

    Commissioner Debbie Lieberman, Montgomery County, Ohio

    Montgomery County — a large, urban county centered around Dayton — is struggling with labor shortages, a lack of affordable housing, and a local manufacturing exodus. A priority interest is learning more about intergenerational interventions. Montgomery County has experienced success in the office of reentry whose Reentry Career Alliance Academy has a 95 percent rate of program graduates who do not return to prison after program completion.

    Supervisor Debra Lucero, Butte County, Calif.

    Butte County is a mid-sized county in Northern California. Challenges to economic mobility in Butte County relate substantially to job and business loss due to a series of disasters, most famously the Camp Fire and Oroville Dam Failure. The county’s local Alliance for Workforce Development was very responsive to wildfire impacts, and has developed customized training and job placement in areas of sustainable employment with high growth potential in priority sectors such as construction, trades and healthcare.

    Commissioner Demond Mason, Newton County, Ga.

    Newton County is a mid-sized county in Georgia. It successfully established the Unsheltered/Homeless Job and Housing Initiative, bringing together several community partners. Newton County has a strong focus on workforce training as the current challenge for residents moving up the income ladder is a lack of training and key skills.

    Supervisor Leroy Brooks, Lowndes County, Miss.

    Lowndes County, in Eastern Mississippi, is focused on job creation, educational attainment, employment opportunities for former inmates, and the academic achievement gap for Black students. Lowndes County is particularly interested in focusing on education and housing. They are proud of their Communiversity, a workforce training facility designed to meet the needs of local employers and train students.

    Commissioner Monique Sheffield, Cobb County, Ga.

    Cobb County is a large suburban county. The top local challenge is the cost of housing. Cobb County is particularly interested in learning about opportunities to create generational wealth. Cobb County looks forward to sharing about the process of working with a consultant firm to determine best use of ARPA funds to stabilize families and the community.

    Commissioner Tracy Graham, Audrain County, Mo.

    Audrain County, a rural county in Central Missouri, is concerned about generational poverty and strains on limited rural resources. Audrain County has faced challenges with local hospital since a change of ownership and is interested in sharing about a partnership with regional planning, city, county, and chamber of commerce that has implemented a job coaching service for businesses to help retain employees.

    Commissioner Martha Schrader, Clackamas County, Ore.

    Clackamas County is a large county in Oregon’s Willamette Valley with a mix of rural, suburban, and urban environments — each with their own challenges. Clackamas County was able to conduct an analysis of local socioeconomic gaps which revealed areas related to workforce training, healthcare, transportation, affordable housing, childcare, food insecurity, and language barriers were of concern. Clackamas County looks forward to sharing about the metrics the county used to identify areas of poverty and map them

    Eight county leaders will be joining NACo's Economic Mobility Leadership Network. The EMLN is a cohort of county elected leaders focused on helping residents move up the economic ladder.
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    2022-07-23
Eight county leaders will be joining NACo's Economic Mobility Leadership Network - a cohort of county elected leaders focused on helping residents move up the economic ladder.

Eight county leaders will be joining NACo's Economic Mobility Leadership Network. The EMLN is a cohort of county elected leaders focused on helping residents move up the economic ladder. EMLN members examine the range of interconnected issues that comprise economic mobility, including housing and workforce development and an overall lack of opportunity. The EMLN participates in peer-to-peer learning experiences during interactive, multi-day site visits to diverse counties across the country. The network will meet in September in Palm Beach County, Fla.

The new EMLN members include:

Supervisor Bruno Sabatier, Lake County, Calif.

Lake County is a mid-sized county located in Northern California. Local priorities include a lack of affordable housing and an under skilled labor force. With limited accessible higher education, poverty is the greatest local challenge. When bringing in jobs, the easiest to fill are low wage. If education is emphasized, many may leave to get the positions they want in higher paying areas. If homebuilding is prioritized, often the only viable development is government-subsidized low-income housing. Balancing these challenges and forging a path forward is key to Lake County’s economic future.

Commissioner Debbie Lieberman, Montgomery County, Ohio

Montgomery County — a large, urban county centered around Dayton — is struggling with labor shortages, a lack of affordable housing, and a local manufacturing exodus. A priority interest is learning more about intergenerational interventions. Montgomery County has experienced success in the office of reentry whose Reentry Career Alliance Academy has a 95 percent rate of program graduates who do not return to prison after program completion.

Supervisor Debra Lucero, Butte County, Calif.

Butte County is a mid-sized county in Northern California. Challenges to economic mobility in Butte County relate substantially to job and business loss due to a series of disasters, most famously the Camp Fire and Oroville Dam Failure. The county’s local Alliance for Workforce Development was very responsive to wildfire impacts, and has developed customized training and job placement in areas of sustainable employment with high growth potential in priority sectors such as construction, trades and healthcare.

Commissioner Demond Mason, Newton County, Ga.

Newton County is a mid-sized county in Georgia. It successfully established the Unsheltered/Homeless Job and Housing Initiative, bringing together several community partners. Newton County has a strong focus on workforce training as the current challenge for residents moving up the income ladder is a lack of training and key skills.

Supervisor Leroy Brooks, Lowndes County, Miss.

Lowndes County, in Eastern Mississippi, is focused on job creation, educational attainment, employment opportunities for former inmates, and the academic achievement gap for Black students. Lowndes County is particularly interested in focusing on education and housing. They are proud of their Communiversity, a workforce training facility designed to meet the needs of local employers and train students.

Commissioner Monique Sheffield, Cobb County, Ga.

Cobb County is a large suburban county. The top local challenge is the cost of housing. Cobb County is particularly interested in learning about opportunities to create generational wealth. Cobb County looks forward to sharing about the process of working with a consultant firm to determine best use of ARPA funds to stabilize families and the community.

Commissioner Tracy Graham, Audrain County, Mo.

Audrain County, a rural county in Central Missouri, is concerned about generational poverty and strains on limited rural resources. Audrain County has faced challenges with local hospital since a change of ownership and is interested in sharing about a partnership with regional planning, city, county, and chamber of commerce that has implemented a job coaching service for businesses to help retain employees.

Commissioner Martha Schrader, Clackamas County, Ore.

Clackamas County is a large county in Oregon’s Willamette Valley with a mix of rural, suburban, and urban environments — each with their own challenges. Clackamas County was able to conduct an analysis of local socioeconomic gaps which revealed areas related to workforce training, healthcare, transportation, affordable housing, childcare, food insecurity, and language barriers were of concern. Clackamas County looks forward to sharing about the metrics the county used to identify areas of poverty and map them

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    Economic Mobility Leadership Network

    The Economic Mobility Leadership Network (EMLN) is a NACo cohort of county leaders that facilitates and incubates county-specific discussion and problem-solving on issues of economic mobility and helps county leaders identify and assess their current barriers to mobility and share scalable and transferable programs across the country.
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    Community, Economic & Workforce Development Steering Committee

    Responsible for all matters pertaining to housing, community and economic development, public works, and workforce development including the creation of affordable housing and housing options for different populations, residential, commercial, and industrial development, and building and housing codes. Policy Platform & Resolutions 2022-2023 2022 NACo Legislative Priorities
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