2019 WIR Conference

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

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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.

All conference activities (with the exception of off-site evening receptions and mobile tours) are taking place at The Davenport Grand Hotel.


SPECIAL OFFER: If you register ONLINE for the 2019 Western Interstate Region Conference, your registration fee is $25 less than the fax or mail-in price. 

  Register by 5/8 After 5/8


$505 $630


$505 $630


$605 $730


$630 $755


(Federal or State employees only)

$555 $680


$140 $140

Registration fees include all sessions and functions that are a part of the official program. Meals that are included are: Thursday luncheon and dinner reception. Registration fees do not include transportation or hotel accommodations.

Cancellation Policy

All registration cancellations must be made in writing. Refund of your conference registration fee, less $75 administrative fee, will be made if a written notice of conference registration cancellation is postmarked no later than April 17, 2019. Cancellation requests postmarked April 18 - May 3, 2019 will be subject to an administrative fee equal to one-half of the registration fee (this applies to all registration types including guest and spouse fee). NO REFUND REQUESTS WILL BE HONORED for registrations canceled after May 3, 2019 or for no-shows. No telephone cancellations will be accepted; cancellations MUST be requested in writing. Fax your written cancellation request to: 866.741.5129 or e-mail:

Cancelling your registration does not cancel your hotel reservation. You must call the hotel directly to cancel your reservation.

Featured Speakers

Schedule at a Glance

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Tuesday, May 14

8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Mobile Workshop: Explore the Grand Coulee Dam (Pre-Registration Required)

9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Mobile Workshop: Visit the A to Z Forestry Project in the Colville National Forest (Pre-Registration Required)


7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

Public Lands Trust Fund Trustees Meeting (Invitation Only)

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WIR Conference Registration

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

WIR Board of Directors Meeting

9:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

NACo Finance & Audit Committee Meetings (Invitation Only)

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

LUNCH BREAK (Lunch on Your Own)

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

State Executives Lunch (Invitation Only)

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Committee Meetings & Committee Mobile Workshops:

  • Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee
  • Joint Public Lands Policy Steering Committee
  • Energy, Environment and Land Use (EELU) Policy Steering Committee
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. WIR Board of Directors and NACo Board of Directors Reception (Invitation Only)


7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

WIR Conference Registration

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Opening General Session

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Workshop Block 1

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m

Attendee Luncheon

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

NACo Board of Directors Meeting

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Workshop Block 2

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Workshop: Federal Agency Partner Session with the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forest Service

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Conference-wide Dinner Event


8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

WIR Conference Registration

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

WIR Annual Business Meeting and Election of Officers

The Annual Business Meeting is open to all attendees

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

General Session

Installation of WIR Officers and Presentation of the Dale Sowards Award

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Workshop Block 3

Includes NACo Board of Directors Orientation

12:15 p.m.

Box Lunch

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Housing and Travel

All conference activities (with the exception of off-site evening receptions and mobile tours) are taking place at The Davenport Grand Hotel. The housing block has closed, but the Davenport does still have rooms available. Please reach out to the hotel directly to inquire about rates and availability and let them know you are attending the NACo WIR Conference.

Hotel Map

Spokane County

In Spokane, city life mingles brilliantly with nature. Inspired restaurateurs, winemakers and craft brewers create delicious adventures. The arts district entertains while boutiques fill out the carefully preserved historic buildings. Flowing through it all is the Spokane River gorge and Falls. Explore and enjoy all the city has to offer. Inexpensive hotel rates and airfares, many travel options, and a downtown location will make this one of the most accessible WIR Conferences yet!

Airline Discount

We are proud to announce Alaska Airlines as the travel sponsor for this year's conference. Visit and enter discount code ECMC365 when searching for flights to receive a 5% discount. Email with your ticket number after you've booked your flight with Alaska so we can keep track of the savings. 

Spokane International Airport (GEG)

With nonstop service to 17 destinations through the U.S., the Spokane International Airport offers easy access to this year’s WIR Conference. The Davenport is less than 10 miles from the airport and there are many transportation options including taxis and a hotel shuttle. To book the shuttle - $25/one way – call the Davenport in advance at 509.458.3330 with your flight information.

Airport Map