Conference

2021 Western Interstate Region Conference

Oct. 13, 2021 – Oct. 15, 2021
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    2021 Western Interstate Region Conference

     

    Join NACo for the 2021 WIR Conference in conjunction with NACo's Rural Action Caucus Symposium

    Join the National Association of Counties (NACo), NACo Western Interstate Region (WIR) and NACo Rural Action Caucus (RAC) in Salt Lake County, Utah for the 2021 WIR Conference in conjunction with the NACo RAC Symposium October 13-15.

    The 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.

    • Registration
    • Schedule
    • Travel & Housing

    Registration

    Register today for the 2021 WIR Conference.

    For questions or assistance with registration contact us via email or phone at (202) 942-4292 or nacomeetings@naco.org.

    Register Here

    Early Bird

    Register by August 30

    NACo Member County

    $455

    Non-Member County

    $555

    NACo Corporate Member

    $455

    Corporate Non-Member

    $580

    Government

    (Federal or State employees only)

    $505

    Spouse / Guest

    $140
    Advanced

    August 31 – September 29

    NACo Member County

    $505

    Non-Member County

    $605

    NACo Corporate Member

    $505

    Corporate Non-Member

    $630

    Government

    (Federal or State employees only)

    $555

    Spouse / Guest

    $140
    On-Site

    After September 29

    NACo Member County

    $630

    Non-Member County

    $730

    NACo Corporate Member

    $630

    Corporate Non-Member

    $755

    Government

    (Federal or State employees only)

    $680

    Spouse / Guest

    $140

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

    Schedule at a Glance

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    Travel and Housing

    All conference activities (with the exception of off-site evening receptions, mobile tours and the NACo Board Meeting) are taking place at Little America Hotel centrally located within the heart of downtown. Reservations may be made online and rooms will fill up quickly. The rate is $189 plus tax. Located directly across the street from Little America is the Grand America Hotel where the NACo Board Meeting is taking place; reservations for Grand America may be made online and will fill up quickly as well. The rate is $239 plus tax.

    Reservations at both properties must be cancelled 24 hours in advance of arrival to avoid a one-night cancellation fee. For more budget-friendly accommodations at Little America, please contact nacomeetings@naco.org for details on garden rooms.

    Salt Lake County

    A place where elevation meets aspiration; a modern county set at the foot of spectacular mountains; a place for open minds and fresh perspectives – in Salt Lake County, there’s adventure around every corner.  

    Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)

    At Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), experience first-hand the $4.1 billion project to completely replace the airport – some new concourses are already open and over 500 daily flights are available. Little America is a 10-minute drive from the airport and there are many transportation options including ride-shares and taxis.

    Health & Safety

    NACo is offering in‐person attendance at its 2021 WIR Conference in Salt Lake County, Utah, pursuant to local government orders and public health guidance on such gatherings. NACo is committed to hosting a safe event for all participants and to this end requires all members, guests, staff and supplier personnel to comply with safety precautions specified for Salt Lake County, Utah and the Little America Hotel in addition to state, local government and CDC guidelines and recommendations.

    Learn More: WIR Conference Waiver of Liability

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    Conference
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Join NACo for the 2021 WIR Conference in conjunction with NACo's Rural Action Caucus Symposium

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo), NACo Western Interstate Region (WIR) and NACo Rural Action Caucus (RAC) in Salt Lake County, Utah for the 2021 WIR Conference in conjunction with the NACo RAC Symposium October 13-15.

The 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.

Registration

Register today for the 2021 WIR Conference.

For questions or assistance with registration contact us via email or phone at (202) 942-4292 or nacomeetings@naco.org.

Register Here

Early Bird

Register by August 30

NACo Member County

$455

Non-Member County

$555

NACo Corporate Member

$455

Corporate Non-Member

$580

Government

(Federal or State employees only)

$505

Spouse / Guest

$140
Advanced

August 31 – September 29

NACo Member County

$505

Non-Member County

$605

NACo Corporate Member

$505

Corporate Non-Member

$630

Government

(Federal or State employees only)

$555

Spouse / Guest

$140
On-Site

After September 29

NACo Member County

$630

Non-Member County

$730

NACo Corporate Member

$630

Corporate Non-Member

$755

Government

(Federal or State employees only)

$680

Spouse / Guest

$140

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

Schedule at a Glance

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Travel and Housing

All conference activities (with the exception of off-site evening receptions, mobile tours and the NACo Board Meeting) are taking place at Little America Hotel centrally located within the heart of downtown. Reservations may be made online and rooms will fill up quickly. The rate is $189 plus tax. Located directly across the street from Little America is the Grand America Hotel where the NACo Board Meeting is taking place; reservations for Grand America may be made online and will fill up quickly as well. The rate is $239 plus tax.

Reservations at both properties must be cancelled 24 hours in advance of arrival to avoid a one-night cancellation fee. For more budget-friendly accommodations at Little America, please contact nacomeetings@naco.org for details on garden rooms.

Salt Lake County

A place where elevation meets aspiration; a modern county set at the foot of spectacular mountains; a place for open minds and fresh perspectives – in Salt Lake County, there’s adventure around every corner.  

Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)

At Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), experience first-hand the $4.1 billion project to completely replace the airport – some new concourses are already open and over 500 daily flights are available. Little America is a 10-minute drive from the airport and there are many transportation options including ride-shares and taxis.

Health & Safety

NACo is offering in‐person attendance at its 2021 WIR Conference in Salt Lake County, Utah, pursuant to local government orders and public health guidance on such gatherings. NACo is committed to hosting a safe event for all participants and to this end requires all members, guests, staff and supplier personnel to comply with safety precautions specified for Salt Lake County, Utah and the Little America Hotel in addition to state, local government and CDC guidelines and recommendations.

Learn More: WIR Conference Waiver of Liability

 
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Tuesday, Oct 12

8:00 am to 3:00 pm

  • Optional tour to Vernal, Uintah County, Utah

    In partnership with NACo’s Rural Action Caucus – Exact departure/arrival time subject to change

Wednesday, Oct 13

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Conference Registration

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

  • RAC Business Meeting
  • WIR Board of Directors Meeting

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

  • Lunch Break

1:30 pm to 5:00 pm

  • Committee Meetings & Committee Mobile Workshops
    • Agriculture and Rural Affairs Steering Committee
    • Environment, Energy and Land Use (EELU) Steering Committee
    • Public Lands Steering Committee
Thursday, Oct 14

7:30 am to 4:30 pm

  • Conference Registration

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

  • Workshop Block 3

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

  • Conference-wide Reception
Friday, Oct 15

8:00 am to 12:00 pm

  • Conference Registration

8:30 am to 9:00 am

  • WIR Annual Business Meeting

    The Annual Business Meeting is open to all attendees

9:00 am to 10:30 am

  • General Session

10:45 am to 12:00 pm

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