LUCC/RAC Virtual Symposium

Thursday, December 10, 2020

  • Dec. 10
    1:00 pm to 1:15 pm EST

    Welcome Remarks

  • Dec. 10
    1:15 pm to 1:20 pm EST

    Federal Policy Update

    As counties face continued challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic and looming economic crisis, NACo has helped develop a number of resources for counties to leverage. Unfortunately, many of the COVID-related resources provided by Congress will sunset in December 2020. As Congress returns to Washington, we must first understand the dynamics surrounding the debate over continued support for local governments from our federal intergovernmental partners. This summit will help set the stage for the months ahead as the 116th Congress comes to a close.

  • Dec. 10
    1:20 pm to 1:30 pm EST

    White House Transition Update

  • Dec. 10
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm EST

    LUCC Business Meeting

  • Dec. 10
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm EST

    RAC Business Meeting

  • Dec. 10
    2:30 pm to 2:40 pm EST

    Corporate Partner Break

  • Dec. 10
    2:40 pm to 2:45 pm EST

    Overview of Combined Session

  • Dec. 10
    2:45 pm to 3:25 pm EST

    Future of Vaccine Distribution

    Counties are the front-line defense in our nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Collectively, counties own and operate over 900 hospitals and 1,900 public health departments. These resources are mission critical for tackling the current public health crisis. While rural and urban counties are experiencing the impact on critical health services differently – they both are being forced to creatively address the challenges of providing health services to residents with limited resources. This session will highlight the availability of health resources and overview of vaccine deployment efforts across rural and urban counties.

  • Dec. 10
    3:25 pm to 4:05 pm EST

    Future-Proofing the Local Economy

    The COVID-19 pandemic shed a light on the digital divide as connectivity disparities limited local solutions to addressing the public health crisis. While the significant role of technology was underscored by the coronavirus, local governments must not only look for opportunities to leverage technology to address the immediate needs of the COVID economy, but also mitigate future challenges. This session will look at the technological challenges and opportunities to addressing primary education, workforce training and retaining a talented local government workforce, transitioning economies and telehealth services.

  • Dec. 10
    4:05 pm to 4:10 pm EST

    Refreshment Break

  • Dec. 10
    4:10 pm to 4:13 pm EST

    Overview of Sessions

  • Dec. 10
    4:13 pm to 4:55 pm EST

    Feeding America

    The impacts of a global pandemic on our nation’s food/nutrition system ripple throughout communities of all sizes. Simultaneously, farmers are losing markets and plowing under crops while demand for nutritional assistance skyrockets as the economy destabilizes. Rural and urban counties are the battery – the supply and demand – of our nation’s food system and require a strong federal partner in facing these challenges head-on. This session will examine the local perspectives and federal resources aimed at strengthening our nation’s food and nutrition system in the wake of a public health crisis.

  • Dec. 10
    4:55 pm to 5:30 pm EST

    Pre-Trial Justice and Bail Reform

    Counties spend nearly $93 billion annually in justice and public safety services, including $26 billion on correctional facilities, and operate 91 percent of all local jails. Following recent federal court decisions, urban and rural counties are requiring or experimenting with eliminating cash bail. This session will address litigation and legislative changes to pretrial reform and examine county challenges and success in eliminating monetary bail.  

  • Dec. 10
    5:30 pm to 6:30 pm EST

    Virtual Happy Hour