About the Conference

The 2024 National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference brought together nearly 2,000 elected and appointed county officials to focus on federal policy issues that impact counties and our residents.

Attendees engaged in second-to-none policy sessions, met the members of the 118th Congress and Iteractedn with federal agency officials.

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Conference Videos & Highlights

President Joe Biden addresses the General Session audience at the NACo Legislative Conference Feb. 12. Photo by Denny Henry
County News

President stresses partnership with counties

President Biden detailed how the legislation he has championed has relied on counties to make the most of it.

Rep. Marc Molinaro (R-N.Y.) speaks in support of an extension of the Affordable Connectivity Program Tuesday at a Capitol Hill press conference. Fellow members of Congress and county officials also took turns speaking at the rally. Photo by Denny Henry
County News

County officials, members of Congress team up to support extension of Affordable Connectivity Program

Several members of Congress teamed up with county officials Tuesday, Feb. 13 at a Capitol Hill press conference to show their support for extending the Affordable Connectivity Program, which provides internet access to more than 23 million households across the country.

AI Summit

The Transformative Power of Artificial Intelligence: A Summit Hosted by the NACo AI Exploratory Committee

The NACo Artificial Intelligence summit convened Administration officials, federal agency leaders, and experts to explore generative artificial intelligence's impact.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack describes the benefits of climate-smart agriculture to NACo’s Rural Action Caucus Feb. 11. Photo by Leon Lawrence III
County News

USDA secretary charts new course for small farms

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities will set small-to-mid-sized farmers up for sustained growth and security.

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Future-Proofing County Property Now and Beyond: A Summit on Disaster Preparedness and Insurance

This summit will highlight how the federal government aims to assist counties and provide insights from insurance industry leaders on the state of the market and opportunities to address the challenges we face.

HHS Sec. Xavier Becerra makes a point Sunday while speaking to members of NACo’s Large Urban County Caucus at the NACo Legislative Conference. Photo by Denny Henry
County News

Intergovernmental partnerships offer strategy for mental health crisis

"Drug use is a disease, and stigma isn’t going to get rid of it."

Nina Waters, a Summit County, Colo. commissioner, discusses her county's work with the U.S. Forest Service to expand housing. Photo by Charlie Ban
County News

Housing shortage bedevils public lands counties, employers, feds

Restrictions on how the federal government can pay for housing for employees has prompted the U.S. Forest Service to work with a county to develop residential units, thanks to a farm bill provision.

Evan Feinman, deputy associate administrator of the NTIA’s Broadband, Equity and Deployment program, talks about its progress with members of the NACo Telecommunications & Technology Policy Steering Committee. Photo by Denny Henry
County News

Broadband administrator to counties: ‘I need you to lead on this issue’

Evan Feinman, who is charged with leading the $42.5 billion Broadband, Equity and Deployment (BEAD) program, led county officials through the application process during the Telecommunications & Technology Policy Steering Committee meeting.

Richard Cho, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, senior advisor for housing and services, speaks Saturday to members of the Health Policy Steering Committee at the NACo Legislative Conference. Photo by Leon Lawrence III
County News

HUD, HHS team up to help people with medical needs get stable housing

Housing and health outcomes are “undeniably linked,” and counties can use Medicaid as a way to address both.

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Webinar

2024 Legislative Conference CIO Forum

The theme for this year’s Legislative Conference CIO Forum is “Forward Together: Partnerships in Artificial Intelligence(AI) and Modernization.”

Advocacy Resources

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Advocacy Hub

Through NACo, advocate for county priorities in federal policy making.

Construction

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: Examining Investments in County Infrastructure

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides nearly $1 trillion in funding over five years, including $550 billion in new investments divided between transportation and other core infrastructure sectors like water, broadband, energy and environmental remediation.

Counseling

Top 10 County Policy Priorities for Behavioral Health Reform

America’s 3,069 counties are integral to America’s behavioral health system. Counties annually invest $83 billion in community health systems, including behavioral health services.

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Primer for Counties: The Transformative Power of Artificial Intelligence

This  primer  will  offer  an  overview  of  artificial  intelligence  and  generative  artificial  intelligence,  share  the  work  of  NACo’s Artificial Intelligence Exploratory Committee, and provide a list of resources that NACo will plan to debut at  the NACo 2024 Annual Conference.

Community Engagement Tools

Colonial Map

America's County Governments: A Short Primer on Our History, Definitions, Structures and Authorities

Counties are one of America’s oldest forms of government, dating back to 1634 when the first county governments (shires) were established along the eastern shores of Virginia. Though today, the governance and organizational structures vary nationally and even within a state, all 3,069 county, parish and borough governments are on the front lines of delivering vital services to residents.

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The Marvelous Adventures of Countyland

The Marvelous Adventures of Countyland is an experimental publication created with generative artificial intelligence (AI). Its objectives are to showcase the capabilities of AI, to stimulate discussions regarding AI's applications in the public sector, and to inspire young people around the role of county government.

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Governing on the Ground

Governing on the Ground is an inside look at the complex challenges faced by officials as they strive to strengthen their communities. The book features 30 short chapters contributed by county leaders.

ICivics Game

Counties Work Game & Curriculum

NACo, together with iCivics, has created an online game and curriculum to educate students grade levels 6-12 about the important role and functions of county government. 

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The County Landscape

Counties are one of America’s original forms of government, dating back to 1634 when the first county governments (shires) were established in Virginia. The organization and structure of today’s 3,069 county governments are chartered under state constitutions or laws and are tailored to fit the needs and characteristics of the state and local areas.

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Program

County Governance Project

A comprehensive guide to county government structure, authority, services and finances.

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2024 NACo Achievement Awards

Apply today for the 2024 NACo Achievement Awards and celebrate your county's successes.

In addition to earning local media coverage, Achievement Award winners are often featured in NACo's County News, congressional testimony and NACo publications.

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Featured Speakers

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Hon. Xavier Becerra

Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Hon. Tom Vilsack

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
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Hon. Don Graves

Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce
Hon. Marc Molinaro

Hon. Marc Molinaro

U.S. Representative (R-N.Y.)
Hon. Bryan Steil

Hon. Bryan Steil

U.S. Representative (R-Wis.); Chair, U.S. House Committee on House Administration
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Major Garrett

Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News
Dr. Arati Prabhakar

Dr. Arati Prabhakar

Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, White House
 Rohit Chopra

Rohit Chopra

Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Conference Schedule

For purposes of travel planning, check out the daily summaries below. Click here to explore full schedule of events and workshops.

Conference Days

Friday

February 9 (Pre-Conference)

Friday's pre-conference events include FEMA's Just-in-Time Recovery Management Training and the CIO Forum.

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Saturday

February 10

The first full day of the conference includes an orientation for first-time attendees in the morning, policy steering committee meetings throughout the day, and affiliate and state association meetings and receptions in the evening.

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Sunday

February 11

The day begins with standing committee and task force meetings, continues with a range of policy workshops and ends with NACo's Football Watch Party.

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Monday

February 12

Regional caucus meetings take place in the morning, followed by the general session. The afternoon includes the NACo Board of Directors Meeting and the conference's policy summits. The day concludes with evening meetings and receptions.

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Tuesday

February 13

The final day of the conference starts with the Federal Agency Exposition, followed by the Capitol Hill Day of Action, and concludes with a closing reception on Capitol Hill.

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Federal Agency Expo

Tuesday, February 13 | 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EST

NACo's Federal Agency Expo convenes over 100 federal officials representing dozens of offices in one place, ready to engage with conference attendees.

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