2018 NACo Legislative Conference

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Sunday, Mar 04
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Resilient and Healthy Counties Lunch: Strengthening Counties’ Resilience by Addressing the Public Health Impacts of Natural Disasters

12:00 pm to 1:30 pmGeorgetown, Concourse Level | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm


Recognizing that counties need to be prepared for public health needs before, during and after natural disasters strike, this session will focus on strategies for creating a resilient county public health system. County elected officials must work with health and emergency management departments to prepare for and appropriately respond to public health issues.  In this session, county leaders will share how they have responded to past disasters and how they are making changes today to mitigate future impacts.  

Chief of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Harris County Public Health  
Director of Public Health Protection, Oklahoma City-County Health Department  
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

National Association of County Planners (NACP) Meeting

5:00 pm to 6:00 pmPiscataway, Lobby Level | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

How can planners and elected officials best collaborate to help elevate the importance of local planning and propel sound planning projects in order to help create healthy, vibrant & safe counties?  During this interactive roundtable, learn how county planners and elected officials alike have worked together in a variety of planning spaces, including wildfire & other disaster planning, connectivity & broadband, and housing. 

Monday, Mar 05
10:45 am to 12:00 pm

10:45 am to 12:00 pm

Disaster Response and Recovery, Part I: Leveraging Community, Volunteer and Faith-Based Partnerships for Effective Disaster Response

10:45 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level | 10:45 am to 12:00 pm

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, it was evident that local governments and the emergency management community needed to engage a broader cross-section of faith and community-based organizations in all stages of disaster response. This session will provide best practice examples of counties that successfully partnered with key community stakeholders to maximize their effectiveness immediately following a crisis event.

Acting Director, FEMA, DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships  
President and CEO, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster  
Torey Powell, Program Manager, USDA Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships  
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm

1:45 pm to 3:00 pm

Disaster Response and Recovery, Part II: Working with State and Federal Partners & Your Business Community for Sustainable Recovery

1:45 pm to 3:00 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm

As counties respond to catastrophic events such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes, it is important to understand how to best utilize the suite of resources that are available from partners at the Federal and state government levels. It is also critical that counties work with the business community to better coordinate resources and logistical support that may be needed and available. This session will provide examples of how key partners can provide support in the months following a natural disaster.

Emergency Manager, Ramsey County, Minn.  
Certified Floodplain Manager, Consultant and Author  
Executive Director, Maryland Emergency Management Agency  
3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

Fueling Job Growth by Tapping into the New Energy Economy

3:15 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

Innovative economic and workforce development strategies are essential to enhance community vitality and citizen prosperity.  This session explores how counties of all sizes and geographies are tapping into new, rapidly growing energy technologies and markets to fuel job growth, diversify local economies and broaden revenue bases. Hear from experts and learn from counties investing in the new energy economy.

Tuesday, Mar 06
9:30 am to 11:45 am

9:30 am to 11:45 am

General Session

9:30 am to 11:45 amInternational Ballroom, Concourse Level | 9:30 am to 11:45 am