2020 NACo Legislative Conference

Friday, February 28, 2020

  • Feb. 28
    8:00 am to 11:00 am

    NACCTFO Session: HR - Invitation Only

  • Feb. 28
    8:00 am to 5:00 pm

    National Association for County Community and Economic Development (NACCED) Board and Committee Meeting

  • Feb. 28
    9:00 am to 3:30 pm

    Tech Summit / CIO Forum

    The CIO Forum provides an opportunity for county CIOs and technology officials to learn about the latest technology initiatives, best practices and critical priorities, as well as engage with NACo Premier Corporate members and industry partners The 2020 CIO Forum will focus on cybersecurity and best practices.

  • Feb. 28
    4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    NACo Ambassadors Meeting

  • Feb. 28
    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    Registration Open

Saturday, February 29, 2020

  • Feb. 29
    7:00 am to 8:30 am

    First Time Attendees Breakfast

    By invitation only

  • Feb. 29
    7:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Registration Open

  • Feb. 29
    8:00 am to 9:00 am

    Policy Coordinating Committee Meeting #1

  • Feb. 29
    8:00 am to 1:00 pm

    NACCTFO Session: Legislative Process - Invite Only

  • Feb. 29
    9:00 am to 10:00 am

    Community Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee - Resolution Meeting

  • Feb. 29
    9:00 am to 10:00 am

    Public Lands Steering Committee - Resolutions Meeting

  • Feb. 29
    9:00 am to 10:00 am

    Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Resolutions Meeting

  • Feb. 29
    9:00 am to 10:30 am

    Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

  • Feb. 29
    9:00 am to 11:00 am

    Environment Energy and Land Use Policy Steering Committee - Resolutions Meeting

  • Feb. 29
    9:00 am to 11:30 am

    Health Policy Steering Committee - Joint Subcommittee Meetings

  • Feb. 29
    9:00 am to 11:30 am

    Human Services and Education Policy and Steering Committee - Joint Subcommittees Meetings

  • Feb. 29
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    IT Standing Committee Meeting

  • Feb. 29
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee - Morning Meeting

  • Feb. 29
    9:30 am to 12:00 pm

    Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

  • Feb. 29
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Community Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

  • Feb. 29
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Public Lands Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

  • Feb. 29
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

  • Feb. 29
    10:30 am to 12:00 pm

    Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

  • Feb. 29
    10:30 am to 12:00 pm

    Audit Committee Meeting

  • Feb. 29
    11:00 am to 1:30 pm

    NACCTFO Business Meeting & Luncheon - Invite Only

  • Feb. 29
    12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

    Finance Standing Committee Meeting

  • Feb. 29
    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

    Lunch Break (On Your Own)

  • Feb. 29
    1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    NAACTFO Session: America in 2020 and 20 Years from Now - Invite Only

  • Feb. 29
    1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

    Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

  • Feb. 29
    1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

    Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee - Afternoon Meeting

  • Feb. 29
    1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

    Telecommunications and Technology Steering Committee Meeting

  • Feb. 29
    1:45 pm to 4:30 pm

    Environment Energy and Land Use Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

  • Feb. 29
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    Public Lands Steering Committee - Business Meeting

  • Feb. 29
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

  • Feb. 29
    2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

    Community Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee - Business Meetings

  • Feb. 29
    2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

    Health Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

  • Feb. 29
    2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

    Human Services and Education Policy and Steering Committee - Business Meeting

  • Feb. 29
    5:00 pm to 5:45 pm

    Policy Coordinating Committee Meeting #2

  • Feb. 29
    5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    NACHFa (National Association of County Health Facilities) Annual Business Meeting

  • Feb. 29
    5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    PA County Caucus - Invite Only

  • Feb. 29
    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

    Tech Summit / CIO Forum Reception

  • Feb. 29
    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    Colorado Caucus - Invite Only

  • Feb. 29
    5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Affiliate and State Association Events

  • Feb. 29
    5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

    Resorts, Tourism and Gateway Counties Working Group Meeting

  • Feb. 29
    5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

    NCRCO (National Council of Republican County Officials) Business Meeting

Sunday, March 1, 2020

  • Mar. 1
    7:00 am to 7:45 am

    Affiliate and State Association Events

  • Mar. 1
    7:00 am to 8:00 am

    Non-denominational Worship Service

  • Mar. 1
    7:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Registration Open

  • Mar. 1
    8:00 am to 9:30 am

    Gulf States Counties and Parishes Caucus

  • Mar. 1
    8:30 am to 10:00 am

    Healthy Counties Advisory Board Meeting

  • Mar. 1
    9:30 am to 11:30 am

    GIS Subcomittee Meeting

  • Mar. 1
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Large Urban Caucus County (LUCC) Meeting

  • Mar. 1
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Rural Action Caucus (RAC) Meeting

  • Mar. 1
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    ISACo Luncheon - Invite Only

  • Mar. 1
    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

    Membership Standing Committee Meeting

  • Mar. 1
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    NACIRO (National Association of County Intergovernmental Relations Officers) Business Meeting

  • Mar. 1
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Preparing Vulnerable Populations for Disasters: A Meeting of the Resilient Counties Advisory Board

  • Mar. 1
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Using the Arts to Heal Trauma: A Meeting of the Arts & Culture Commission

  • Mar. 1
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Veterans and Military Services Committee Meeting

  • Mar. 1
    1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

    Defined Contribution Retirement (DCR) Advisory Committee Meeting

  • Mar. 1
    1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

    Western Interstate Region (WIR) Board of Directors Meeting

  • Mar. 1
    1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

    Coming to a Legislature Near You: State Policy Trends

    State governments have a significant impact on the operations of counties, and states across the country are legislating on similar issues state to state. Join us for a discussion of how states are tackling pressing county priorities, such as inmate medical care, responding to the opioid crisis, property tax limitations, housing and rural broadband. This session will also include a look at how federal action could change the landscape for states and counties alike.

  • Mar. 1
    1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

    Expanding Services for Infant and Toddlers: What Can Counties Do?

    Early childhood programs have recently received historic increases in federal funding. Counties have been leveraging federal, state and local dollars to help maximize services for young children and their families. Learn what counties can do to make policy, programs and systems change to increase early learning opportunities for young residents. 

     

  • Mar. 1
    1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

    SEC and GASB 101: The Latest on Federal Financing and Regulations

  • Mar. 1
    1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

    Technology Innovation: Getting Your Data in Order

    This two-part session explores innovations in managing county data. Integrating Data and Organizations for Improved Client Outcomes focuses on how counties have leveraged data sharing to integrate organizations, improve client outcomes and tackle challenges including homelessness, substance abuse, behavioral health, workforce preparation and reducing recidivism. Data to Information to Impact explores how to derive value from county data resources through best practices in data production and mining.

  • Mar. 1
    1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

    Workshop Block #1

  • Mar. 1
    1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

    Programs and Services Committee Meeting

  • Mar. 1
    1:45 pm to 3:15 pm

    State Association Meeting Planners Meeting

  • Mar. 1
    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

    Immigration Reform Task Force Meeting

  • Mar. 1
    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

    National Association of LGBT Leaders & Allies

  • Mar. 1
    3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

    NACo Board Forum

  • Mar. 1
    4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    NACo Next Generation Network Business Meeting

  • Mar. 1
    4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    NACo Next Generation Network Business Meeting

  • Mar. 1
    5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    Alabama Delegates Caucus and Reception - Invite Only

  • Mar. 1
    5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    Mississippi Caucus Meeting

  • Mar. 1
    5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Affiliate and State Association Events

  • Mar. 1
    5:45 pm to 6:45 pm

    NACo Next Generation Network / County Leadership Institute / High Performance Leadership Development Academy Reception

Monday, March 2, 2020

  • Mar. 2
    7:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Registration Open

  • Mar. 2
    7:30 am to 8:30 am

    Central Region Caucus Meeting

  • Mar. 2
    7:30 am to 8:30 am

    Northeast Region Caucus Meeting

  • Mar. 2
    7:30 am to 8:30 am

    South Region Caucus Meeting

  • Mar. 2
    7:30 am to 8:30 am

    West Region Caucus Meeting

  • Mar. 2
    8:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Meet and Greet with Federal Agency Representatives

  • Mar. 2
    9:00 am to 10:30 am

    General Session

  • Mar. 2
    10:45 am to 11:45 am

    County Innovation for Value Added Solutions and Revenue Generation

    The NACo Financial Services Corporation is working with strategic partners to develop and distribute value added enterprise solutions to counties that result in cost saving initiatives, improved service for constituents and revenue generating opportunities.

  • Mar. 2
    10:45 am to 11:45 am

    Creating a County Network of Support for Aging Americans

    The 2019 reauthorization of the Older Americans Act made policy improvements to expand and strengthen the network of services supporting our nation’s rapidly growing aging population. In this session, officials and experts at the national and local level offer strategies for counties and county officials to provide comprehensive systems of care that are fully accessible to our aging residents. Panelists will highlight federal and local best practices for implementing the legislation.

  • Mar. 2
    10:45 am to 11:45 am

    Cyber Disaster Recovery: What's the Hype All About

    While government entities develop plans and processes to cope with physical disasters, they often don’t look at cyberattacks in the same way. While cyber disaster recovery involves all of government, the roles, responsibilities, plans, processes and most importantly, preparation is left to technology staff. Unlike weather-related disasters, cyberattacks are unpredictable in scope, duration and recovery. Learn what you need to know and what your role as an elected official in cyber disaster recovery is.

  • Mar. 2
    10:45 am to 11:45 am

    Federal Policy Lightning Round: Outlook for the 116th Congress

    Join the NACo government affairs team for a rapid-fire discussion on the top federal policy issues facing counties, including strengthening the intergovernmental relationship, transportation and infrastructure, broadband and 5G development, public lands management and payments, health and justice, disaster and resiliency, community and workforce development, environmental regulations, and much more!

  • Mar. 2
    10:45 am to 11:45 am

    Rural Grants 101: How County Officials Can Tap Into USDA Programs

  • Mar. 2
    10:45 am to 11:45 am

    Workshop Block #2

  • Mar. 2
    10:45 am to 12:00 pm

    International Trade and Local Economies: How Counties Can Compete in the Global Market

    In an increasingly connected global economy, international exports and imports play an important role in not just the national economy, but in local economies, too. Counties have a vested interest in ensuring their businesses are competitive in the global market, as well as tools to increase their connectivity. This session will focus on how counties can partner with the federal government, states, cities and other counties to position their home economies to compete internationally. Hosted by the International Economic Development Task Force, this session is open to all conference attendees.

  • Mar. 2
    11:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Credentials Committee Meeting

  • Mar. 2
    12:00 pm to 1:30 am

    Attendee Luncheon

  • Mar. 2
    1:45 pm to 3:00 pm

    Breaking Down the Complexity: Federal-State-Local Strategies to Tackle Homelessness

    In counties across America, homelessness is a crisis confronting local government. While counties are on the front lines of tackling the driving factors and downstream impacts of homelessness on residents and communities, our state and federal partners play an important role in developing and implementing comprehensive strategies to end homelessness. In this workshop federal and county officials will discuss policy frameworks and best practices for addressing both rural and urban homelessness.

  • Mar. 2
    1:45 pm to 3:00 pm

    Painful Permitting: How Counties Can Successfully Navigate the Federal Permitting Process

    The Trump Administration has continued its efforts in 2020 to streamline the often burdensome and duplicative federal permitting process. Through the issuance of the “One Federal Decision” Executive Order, the White House progresses towards its goal of capping reviews for projects at two years, among other streamlining directives. The U.S. Senate also recently sought to include a similar provision in the 2020 highway bill reauthorization. Federal agencies impacted by these efforts range from the Environmental Protection Agency to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Join this workshop to hear from the Executive Director of the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council (FPISC) on how counties can successfully navigate the federal permitting process.

  • Mar. 2
    1:45 pm to 3:00 pm

    Positioning your County for the Future of Work

    Counties play a significant role in providing residents with educational and workforce development opportunities leading them to gainful employment. Learn how counties can project and prepare for the impact of automation, technology and broad transitions on counties and local economies and an update on how a WIOA reauthorization will impact counties and can enhance flexibility and opportunities for job readiness for the future.

  • Mar. 2
    1:45 pm to 3:00 pm

    Protecting the Vote: How to Secure Your County’s Election System

    This workshop provides an in-depth look at innovative approaches to securing and protecting elections from cyber-attacks. Presenters from Pennsylvania and AT&T will cover new opportunities and other best practices that local government should be incorporating in advance of the 2020 elections.

  • Mar. 2
    1:45 pm to 3:00 pm

    Speaking Different Languages: Bridging the Generation Communication Gap

  • Mar. 2
    1:45 pm to 3:00 pm

    Workshop Block #3

  • Mar. 2
    1:45 pm to 4:30 pm

    NACo Board of Directors Meeting

  • Mar. 2
    3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

    An Elected Official's Financial Guide: Essential Tools for Managing Your County

  • Mar. 2
    3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

    Best Practices for County Leadership Readiness and Talent Development

    The business of counties is increasingly complex and the need for ensuring leadership readiness and effective talent development is increasingly demanding within all counties – large and small, alike. But, what does best practice look like? Join Dr. Tim Rahschulte, CEO of the Professional Development Academy and Chief Architect of the NACo High Performance Leadership Academy who will lead a panel discussion among experts sharing best practice solutions.

  • Mar. 2
    3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

    Counties and the Census: Local Leadership in Reaching Historically Undercounted Populations

    The decennial census, which aims to count every United States resident each decade, is critical to county governments. Census population counts guide the allocation of more than $1.5 trillion dollars of federal funding to state and local governments for health care, economic development, infrastructure, education and other critical local services. Census counts are also increasingly critical to data-driven businesses and research efforts. Local leaders can support an accurate count by identifying which residents are likely to participate and investing in targeted outreach to ensure they do. Hear from federal and local leaders about the challenges when it comes to historically undercounted  populations, and what they are doing to ensure a complete count for the 2020 Census.

  • Mar. 2
    3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

    EPA Regulations to Watch

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works to ensure that Americans have clean air, land and water. To accomplish this mission, when Congress writes an environmental law, EPA implements it by writing regulations.  This workshop will focus on some of the future regulations that will affect local governments.

  • Mar. 2
    3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

    Rethinking Recycling: County Response to China's Ban on Recycling Imports

    In 2017, China cracked down on what recyclable materials they would accept from the United States, creating a ripple effect as paper, glass and plastic recyclable markets dried up. As a result, counties have begun to assess next steps for recyclables, from the development of educational programs to reduce recyclables contamination, financial incentives around recycling and potential revisions of federal regulations around landfills and waste-to-energy plants. Join this session to learn about the federal, state and local roles in recycling and gather ideas your county might explore to improve its recycling future. 

  • Mar. 2
    3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

    Workshop Block #4

  • Mar. 2
    5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Affiliate and State Association Events

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

  • Mar. 3
    7:00 am to 8:45 am

    Affiliate and State Association Events

  • Mar. 3
    7:00 am to 1:00 pm

    Registration Open

  • Mar. 3
    8:00 am to 9:15 am

    An Insider's Look at FEMA: What to Do When a Disaster Strikes

    The FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Program provides aid in the wake of a major disaster to counties to help them in their recovery efforts. For this workshop, we’ll be joined by FEMA officials and subject matter experts to learn about the PA process, what systems counties should have in place ahead of a disaster and how the process has changed with implementation of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018.

  • Mar. 3
    8:00 am to 9:15 am

    Money Matters: Generational Approaches to Retirement and Financial Literacy

    Understanding how financial literacy and approaches retirement planning differs from generation to generation is crucial to supporting a financially healthy workplace. Examine generational trends and how workplaces can help employees become financially literate - and why that matters to retention.

  • Mar. 3
    8:00 am to 9:15 am

    Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Justice Reform

    While jail incarceration rates are on the decline, African Americans are more than three times as likely to be incarcerated as their white counterparts. As counties across the country work on implementing initiatives to address the overuse of jails, reducing racial and ethnic disparities and meaningfully engaging communities in policy decisions remain barriers. This workshop will explore strategies for county officials to ensure that justice reform initiatives are centered on working towards racial equity and the involvement of community stakeholders in the decision-making process. 

  • Mar. 3
    8:00 am to 9:15 am

    The Cure for an Advocate's Election-Year Hangover

    Many county leaders wake up the morning after elections to discover that their long-standing champions for the cause have been sent packing, causing a scramble to cultivate new congressional proponents on the Hill. Fortunately, Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) has developed a sure-fire elixir for a county’s election-year hangover. Participants in this workshop will learn about what matter to Congress, how elections can shift power in Congress and five “remedies” that counties can use to establish and strengthen new relationships with their Members of Congress.   

  • Mar. 3
    8:00 am to 9:15 am

    Workshop Block #5

  • Mar. 3
    8:00 am to 3:00 pm

    NACo Open House & Luggage Storage

  • Mar. 3
    8:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Capitol Hill Visits

  • Mar. 3
    9:30 am to 11:45 am

    General Session

  • Mar. 3
    12:00 pm to 12:15 pm

    Capitol Hill Attendee Photo Op

  • Mar. 3
    12:00 pm to 4:30 pm

    Summit for Counties with Defense Installations

    For the first time, NACo is hosting a special meeting to convene counties that have a military installaton in or near your jurisdiction. During this summit, you will have the opportunity to interact with federal officials responsible for military installations in and around our communities and explore strategies to improve partnerships on issues facing counties with defense installations.

    This session will take place on Tuesday, March 3 at 12:00pm-4:30pm at the Washington Hilton, as part of NACo's 2020 Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. 

     

  • Mar. 3
    12:30 pm to 4:00 pm

    Capitol Hill Briefings & Press Conferences

  • Mar. 3
    1:00 pm to 2:15 pm

    Ethics in Public Service and Political Campaigns

  • Mar. 3
    1:00 pm to 2:15 pm

    Supreme Court Cases Hold Consequences for Counties

    This term the Supreme Court is tackling a decade’s worth of controversial cases on topics ranging from guns to gay rights to the President’s tax returns. Many of these cases—and a number of more low profile cases on topics ranging from water to impounding vehicles—affect counties. This session will get you ready for June when all the big Supreme Court cases are decided. 

  • Mar. 3
    1:00 pm to 2:15 pm

    The White House's National Cybersecurity Moonshot: Impacts and Opportunities for Counties

    The White House debuted the National Cybersecurity Moonshot in 2019, outlining a path toward a safe and secure Internet for critical infrastructure by 2028. The Moonshot focuses on leveraging evolutionary changes in key technology sectors and opportunities for coordinated improvements in five parallel pillars. Tom Patterson, one of the principal authors of the report, overviews the coming national changes and highlights the impacts and opportunities for the Commonwealth. This session clarifies changes that are necessary now so that counties can benefit from a more trusted and secure future. 

  • Mar. 3
    1:00 pm to 2:15 pm

    Workshop Block #6

  • Mar. 3
    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    NACo President's Reception

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

  • Mar. 4
    8:00 am to 3:00 pm

    NACo Open House & Luggage Storage

    NACo Office

  • Mar. 4
    8:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Capitol Hill & Federal Agency Visits

  • Mar. 4
    9:00 am to 2:00 pm

    RAC Day of Action