Conference

2022 Western Interstate Region Conference

May. 18, 2022 – May. 20, 2022
  • Conference

    2022 Western Interstate Region Conference

    The NACo WIR Conference brings together county officials from the nations fifteen Western states to focus on pressing issues facing counties and our residents.
    2022 Western Interstate Region Conference
    May 18, 2022
    May 18, 2022, 8:00 am to May 20, 2022, 6:00 pm
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    2022 Western Interstate Region Conference

     

    Join NACo for the 2022 WIR Conference in conjunction with NACo’s Rural Action Caucus Symposium.

    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.

    In conjunction with the WIR Conference, the NACo Rural Action Caucus will hold our annual symposium that convenes county leaders from across rural America to focus on opportunities and challenges associated with rural communities.

    • Conference Program Guide
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    • Health & Safety

    Conference Schedule

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    All times are listed in Alaska Daylight Time

    Registration

    On-Site

    After 5/10

    NACo Member County

    $630

    Non-Member County

    $730

    NACo Corporate Member

    $630

    Corporate Non-Member

    $755

    Spouse / Guest

    (Travel companions only. Not valid for colleagues and those with related job functions.) 

    $160

    Register today for the 2022 WIR Conference.

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

    Register Here

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

    CANCELLATION POLICY

    Paid registrations cancelled by April 20 will be refunded less a $50 administration fee. Cancellation requests made after April20 will not be honored. Unused registrations will not be refunded. All cancellations must be made in writing by emailing nacomeetings@naco.org or faxing a cancellation request to 866.741.5129. Because tour airlines are already being ticketed, refunds will not be issued for tour cancellations. Telephone cancellations are not accepted.

    Travel and Housing

    All conference activities (with the exception of off-site evening receptions and mobile tours are taking place at the William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center. A discounted housing rate has been established at the Hilton Anchorage and rooms will fill up quickly.

    The rate is $219 for a single or double room and must be cancelled 72 hours in advance of arrival to avoid a one-night cancellation fee. Book your room now at www.hiltonanchorage.com. Under “Special Rates” type in NACo22 in the “Group Code” box to receive discounted rates. The Hilton does have rooms for the main conference nights - if you are coming for personal travel prior to or post conference, you may not be able to find availability. You may try this link for some other options close to the Egan Convention Center - or take this opportunity to get out and explore the rest of Alaska!

    Anchorage, Alaska

    Urban and wild aren’t opposites; they are Anchorage’s two defining elements. Anchorage lives under midnight sun and aurora, shares the backyard with moose, fishes in urban salmon streams at lunch, cheers runners and reindeer on the main street. The city’s adventures may be beyond belief, but they aren’t beyond the boundaries.

    To learn more about activities in and around Anchorage, go to the Visit Anchorage website.

    • Visit Anchorage

    Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)

    Serving two dozen national and international cities, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport connects Alaska with the world. Flights from Seattle and Salt Lake, Portland and Phoenix, Chicago and Minneapolis, make up some of the more than 240 daily flights arriving and departing daily from Alaska's largest airport. Direct flights from major hubs mean you could be sipping coffee at your kitchen table in the morning, then filling up on Chugach Mountain views and fresh Alaska cuisine by lunch.

    Health & Safety

    NACo is offering in‐person attendance at its 2022 WIR Conference 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 Anchorage, the Egan Convention Center, and CDC guidelines and recommendations.

    Learn More: 2022 WIR Waiver of Liability

    The NACo WIR Conference brings together county officials from the nations fifteen Western states to focus on pressing issues facing counties and our residents.
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Join NACo for the 2022 WIR Conference in conjunction with NACo’s Rural Action Caucus Symposium.

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.

In conjunction with the WIR Conference, the NACo Rural Action Caucus will hold our annual symposium that convenes county leaders from across rural America to focus on opportunities and challenges associated with rural communities.

Conference Schedule

All times are listed in Alaska Daylight Time

Registration

On-Site

After 5/10

NACo Member County

$630

Non-Member County

$730

NACo Corporate Member

$630

Corporate Non-Member

$755

Spouse / Guest

(Travel companions only. Not valid for colleagues and those with related job functions.) 

$160

Register today for the 2022 WIR Conference.

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

Register Here

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

CANCELLATION POLICY

Paid registrations cancelled by April 20 will be refunded less a $50 administration fee. Cancellation requests made after April20 will not be honored. Unused registrations will not be refunded. All cancellations must be made in writing by emailing nacomeetings@naco.org or faxing a cancellation request to 866.741.5129. Because tour airlines are already being ticketed, refunds will not be issued for tour cancellations. Telephone cancellations are not accepted.

Travel and Housing

All conference activities (with the exception of off-site evening receptions and mobile tours are taking place at the William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center. A discounted housing rate has been established at the Hilton Anchorage and rooms will fill up quickly.

The rate is $219 for a single or double room and must be cancelled 72 hours in advance of arrival to avoid a one-night cancellation fee. Book your room now at www.hiltonanchorage.com. Under “Special Rates” type in NACo22 in the “Group Code” box to receive discounted rates. The Hilton does have rooms for the main conference nights - if you are coming for personal travel prior to or post conference, you may not be able to find availability. You may try this link for some other options close to the Egan Convention Center - or take this opportunity to get out and explore the rest of Alaska!

Anchorage, Alaska

Urban and wild aren’t opposites; they are Anchorage’s two defining elements. Anchorage lives under midnight sun and aurora, shares the backyard with moose, fishes in urban salmon streams at lunch, cheers runners and reindeer on the main street. The city’s adventures may be beyond belief, but they aren’t beyond the boundaries.

To learn more about activities in and around Anchorage, go to the Visit Anchorage website.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)

Serving two dozen national and international cities, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport connects Alaska with the world. Flights from Seattle and Salt Lake, Portland and Phoenix, Chicago and Minneapolis, make up some of the more than 240 daily flights arriving and departing daily from Alaska's largest airport. Direct flights from major hubs mean you could be sipping coffee at your kitchen table in the morning, then filling up on Chugach Mountain views and fresh Alaska cuisine by lunch.

Health & Safety

NACo is offering in‐person attendance at its 2022 WIR Conference 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 Anchorage, the Egan Convention Center, and CDC guidelines and recommendations.

Learn More: 2022 WIR Waiver of Liability

 
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Tue, May 17

6:00 am to 9:00 pm

  • Seward’s Promise – One of the Kenai’s Gateway Communities

    (Pre-Registration Required. SOLD OUT)

7:30 am to 9:00 pm

  • Golden Heart City – Fairbanks as a Defense Community and Travel Destination

    (Pre-Registration Required. SOLD OUT)

  • North to the Future – The Northwest Arctic’s Development and Indigenous Collaboration

    (Pre-Registration Required. SOLD OUT)

Wed, May 18

8:00 am to 10:00 am

  • RAC Business Meeting

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Conference Registration Open

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

  • Port of Alaska Tour
    (Pre-Registration Required. SOLD OUT)
  • WIR Board of Directors Meeting

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

  • Lunch on Your Own

12:15 pm to 1:30 pm

  • WIR State Associations Executives Lunch

1:30 pm to 5:00 pm

  • Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee Mobile Tour
  • Energy, Environment and Land Use (EELU) Policy Steering Committee Mobile Tour
  • Public Lands Policy Steering Committee Mobile Tour

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

  • NACo/WIR Board of Directors Reception

    (By Invitation Only)

  • RAC Steering Committee Reception

    (By Invitation Only)

Thu, May 19

7:30 am to 4:30 pm

  • Conference Registration Open

8:30 am to 10:00 am

  • Opening General Session

10:15 am to 11:45 am

  • Connecting Counties & Military Installations: Supporting National Defense & Strengthening Local Communities
  • Connecting Residents to Crisis Care: Implementing the 988 Suicide Lifeline in Rural Communities
  • Nationwide Market Insights

12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

  • Attendee Luncheon

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

  • Building Resilience in Small Communities: Addressing Common Financing and Technical Assistance Concerns
  • Primer for Rural County Leaders: Navigating the American Rescue Plan Act & Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
  • Supporting and Investing In America’s Tourism Economy

1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

  • NACo Board of Directors Meeting

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

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

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

  • Conference-wide Reception
Fri, May 20

8:00 am to 12:00 pm

  • Conference Registration Open

8:30 am to 9:00 am

  • WIR Annual Business Meeting

    The Annual Business Meeting is open to all attendees and will include the election and installation of WIR Officers

9:00 am to 10:30 am

  • General Session

    Presentation of 2022 Dale Sowards Award

10:45 am to 12:15 pm

  • Broadband Solutions and Practices in Hard-To-Build Regions: Resources for Rural Counties
  • Coal Communities: Investing in the Intergovernmental Partnership
  • NACo Board of Directors Orientation