About this Center

This resource center features learning networks, original research and evidence-based solutions for county leaders. The primary areas of focus include climate and sustainability, economic mobility and opportunity, rural economic studies, housing affordability and human service delivery. 

Initiatives, Toolkits & Centers

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Building Resilient Economies in Coal Communities

BRECC serves coal communities seeking to revitalize and diversify their economies. 

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Counties for Career Success

NACo’s Counties for Career Success is an initiative that recognizes the role of counties in streamlining pathways to good jobs and supporting individuals on those learning journeys.

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Connecting Counties & Military Installations

The DoD REPI Program is a key tool for combating encroachment on incompatible development near military installations that can limit or restrict critical military training, testing, and operations.

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NACo Housing Task Force

Launched in November 2022, the NACo Housing Task Force brings together county government officials from across the nation to illuminate the most critical housing challenges and opportunities from the county government perspective.

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Early Childhood and PN-3 Programming

The first three years of a child’s life are the “bricks and mortar” of brain development - building the foundation for future learning, behavior, and health.

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Economic Mobility Leadership Network

The network supports county leaders to develop successful economic mobility strategies for their local communities.

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Resilient Counties

NACo works to strengthen county resiliency by building leadership capacity to identify and manage risk, and allow counties to become more flexible and responsive.

Related News

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Advocacy

House Passes Historic Outdoor Recreation Legislation

The U.S. House passed the bipartisan EXPLORE Act (H.R.6492) on April 9 to boost outdoor recreation opportunities on public lands and aid local economies

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Advocacy

White House launches federal flood standard support website and tool

On April 11, the White House launched a new website and mapping tool to help users with the ongoing implementation of the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS). 

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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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News

County shines light on property deed history of racially restrictive covenants

The Durham County, N.C. Register of Deeds is using public records information and archival documentation to educate county residents on racially restrictive covenants in property deeds and how their impact can still be felt today. 

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County News

As disasters increase, counties must invest in mitigation

Disasters are becoming more frequent, more severe and more costly, and counties, parishes and boroughs are on the front lines — where the immediate response is handled and where the personal impact is felt. 

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