Conference

2020 WIR Conference

May. 12, 2020 – May. 15, 2020
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    2020 WIR Conference

    The safety and wellbeing of conference participants is our top priority. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and after much thoughtful discussion, the WIR Executive Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the WIR conference.  

    If you registered for the conference, your registration fee will be refunded automatically – no further action is required. If you made a hotel reservation, Tenaya Lodge will automatically refund housing deposits as well, but please be patient as they work through hundreds of reservations.

    We had an excellent program in the works and hope to provide this important content to you in the future. Details on future programming will be released as soon as they are available. In the coming weeks, NACo will announce plans for a digital alternative to the NACo Board of Directors meeting that typically takes place in conjunction with the WIR conference.

    In the meantime, please visit NACo.org/coronavirus to access the latest COVID-19 resources on NACo’s federal policy advocacy, county responses and other information we hope will be useful during this unprecedented public health emergency.  

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    Housing

    If you made a hotel reservation, Tenaya Lodge will automatically refund housing deposits, but please be patient as they work through hundreds of reservations.

    About WIR

    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.

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    The safety and wellbeing of conference participants is our top priority. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and after much thoughtful discussion, the WIR Executive Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the WIR conference. 
    2020-05-12
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    2020-09-14
2020 WIR Conference

The safety and wellbeing of conference participants is our top priority. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and after much thoughtful discussion, the WIR Executive Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the WIR conference.  

If you registered for the conference, your registration fee will be refunded automatically – no further action is required. If you made a hotel reservation, Tenaya Lodge will automatically refund housing deposits as well, but please be patient as they work through hundreds of reservations.

We had an excellent program in the works and hope to provide this important content to you in the future. Details on future programming will be released as soon as they are available. In the coming weeks, NACo will announce plans for a digital alternative to the NACo Board of Directors meeting that typically takes place in conjunction with the WIR conference.

In the meantime, please visit NACo.org/coronavirus to access the latest COVID-19 resources on NACo’s federal policy advocacy, county responses and other information we hope will be useful during this unprecedented public health emergency.  

Schedule at a Glance

Housing

If you made a hotel reservation, Tenaya Lodge will automatically refund housing deposits, but please be patient as they work through hundreds of reservations.

About WIR

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.

Tuesday, May 12

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • Mobile Workshop - Managing Yosemite National Park: A Day in Yosemite with the Folks Who Make It Happen

    *Registration Required - check the box on your registration submission*

1:30 pm to 5:30 pm

  • Mobile Workshop - Yosemite Valley: Bears, Fires and People

    *Registration Required - check the box on your registration submission*

Wednesday, May 13

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

  • WIR Board of Directors Meeting

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

  • Lunch on Your Own
  • State Executives Lunch

    Invitation Only

1:30 pm to 5:00 pm

  • Committee Meetings & Committee Mobile Workshops
  • Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee Meeting and Mobile Workshop – Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias: Managing 21st Century Visitation in a 3000-Year-Old Natural Resource
  • Joint Public Lands Policy Steering Committee & Energy, Environment and Land Use (EELU) Policy Steering Committee

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

  • Welcome Reception
Thursday, May 14

8:30 am to 10:00 am

  • Opening General Session

10:15 am to 11:45 am

  • Workshop Block 1

12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

  • Attendee Luncheon

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

  • Workshop Block 2

1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

  • NACo Board of Directors Meeting

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

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

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

  • Conference-wide Dinner Event
Friday, May 15

8:30 am to 9:00 am

  • WIR Annual Business Meeting and Election of Officers

9:00 am to 10:30 am

  • General Session

10:45 am to 12:15 pm

  • Workshop Block 3

12:15 pm to 12:45 pm

  • Box Lunch