2019 WIR Conference

May. 15, 2019 – May. 17, 2019
The Davenport Grand Hotel

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 is hosted by a county within the fifteen Western states—Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai'i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming—and provides attendees with the opportunity to interact with federal, state and regional policymakers, participate in educational sessions and take home tools to address challenges.

We have compiled some key resources from the conference, including policy advocacy resources, photos and more. Also, the customizable press release template is designed for you to customize and share with your local media contacts.

Conference Schedule

Download Conference Program

Customizable press release



NACo's County News was reporting on-site at this year's conference, providing recaps and analysis of workshops, committee and task force meetings and general sessions.

Conference Photos

Check out and download professional photos taken during the conference. 

PILT Policy Brief

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


SRS Policy Brief

Continue Revenue Sharing Payments to Forest Counties: Support the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Program

Farm Bill Implementation Policy Brief

Support Key County Priorities as Congress Implements the 2018 Farm Bil

USDA Rural Development Policy Brief

Maintain Funding for USDA Rural Development Program


NACo has partnered with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) to develop a mobile app designed to identify areas with low or no connectivity to help ensure adequate funding for broadband infrastructure is provided across the country

County Explorer

During the conference, we showcased our brand-new County Explorer tool. The new tool is now more accessible and user-friendly, and sports a redesigned user interface which makes navigation simple, while maintaining familiarity. 

Spokane County, Wash.

May 15-17, 2019

Save the Date | May 13-15 2020

We hope you'll join us next year in Mariposa County, California!