2021 NACo Fall Board of Directors Meeting and Large Urban County Caucus Symposium

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

  • Dec. 1
    1:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST

    Optional LUCC Mobile Tour

    All attendees are welcome to attend the mobile tour. Mobile tours will depart from the main hotel entrance. Arrive 10 minutes prior to tour departure to allow time to board the buses.

    CHRIS 180

    Supported by DeKalb County and other partners, Atlanta nonprofit CHRIS 180 offers extensive wraparound services to children, youth, young adults and families, including counseling, skill-building, trauma-informed care, foster homes, adoptions, assistance to those suffering or recovering from substance use disorders, and safe homes for those experiencing homelessness. After a brief presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to visit with CHRIS 180 staff and receive a tour of the organization’s DeKalb County community.

    NEW BLACK WALL STREET MARKET

    With over 100 shops and restaurants, the New Black Wall Street Market is a destination for family fun, entertainment, retail, gourmet grocery shopping and fine dining. As an extension of the Allen Entrepreneurial Institute, the New Black Wall Street Market shares its mission: to increase the size and number of minority and women-owned businesses throughout the United States and globally. This new retail experience fosters operational excellence in areas such as product offerings, systems utilization, presentation and customer service. After a brief presentation in the market’s African Textile Museum, , attendees will have about an hour to shop and visit the entrepreneurs in the facility. 

  • Dec. 1
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm EST

    LUCC Reception - An Evening at the Historic DeKalb County Courthouse

    Attendees are invited to take a 2-block stroll to the Courthouse. Exit the Courtyard or the Hampton Inn and take a right.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

  • Dec. 2
    7:45 am to 8:30 am EST

    LUCC Symposium Breakfast & ARPA Informal Discussion Sponsored by KPMG

    Decatur Ballroom Lobby

    Breakfast will be served and county attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their ARPA spending plans with fellow attendees. KPMG – a corporate premier partner of NACo – will have experts in the room, along with NACo staff, to answer your pressing ARPA questions.

  • Dec. 2
    8:30 am to 9:00 am EST

    LUCC Symposium Kick-Off: “Urban Counties THRIVE”

    Decatur Ballroom

  • Dec. 2
    9:00 am to 10:15 am EST

    LUCC General Session One: Reducing Infant Mortality Rates through County-Based Strategies

    Decatur Ballroom

    Preterm birth and low birth weight are common causes of infant mortality in the  United States. While there is no definitive approach for preventing these causes, counties can play a major role in reducing infant mortality rates through systemic change and local strategies. Mothers’ health, environment and experiences affect how infants develop prenatally through their infancy. Join us for a discussion on strategies urban counties can deploy to improve outcomes for mothers and infants.

  • Dec. 2
    10:15 am to 10:30 am EST

    Coffee Break sponsored by Tyler Technologies

    Decatur Ballroom Lobby

  • Dec. 2
    10:30 am to 11:45 am EST

    LUCC General Session Two: How Can Local Leaders Successfully Invest Fiscal Recovery Funds?

    In March, American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law, which established the $350 billion Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. The legislation provided $61.5 billion in direct, flexible funding to counties of all sizes. Now that the U.S. Treasury has begun administering the dollars, county leaders are deciding how to best invest these critical dollars responsibly and equitably to ensure the recovery of both our residents, communities and national economy. This session will examine eligible uses of Recovery Funds and steps local leaders can take when developing and implementing plans. Session participants will also have the opportunity to meet in small groups and discuss county investments of Fiscal Recovery Funds.

  • Dec. 2
    12:00 pm to 1:45 pm EST

    LUCC Symposium Luncheon – Sponsored by Nationwide

    Decatur Ballroom

  • Dec. 2
    2:00 pm to 3:15 pm EST

    Fits and Starts: Successes, Challenges and Opportunities of County Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Efforts

    Mary Gay Room

    Counties have been considering responses to the social unrest evident throughout 2020 and 2021, as well as the inequities exposed and emphasized by the COVID-19 pandemic. Several counties have established diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) offices, but many others are still exploring the best way to proceed. Hear from counties about the quick wins and the hard truths of DEI efforts, and from experienced leaders on ways to move toward a more diverse, equitable and inclusive governance.

  • Dec. 2
    2:00 pm to 3:15 pm EST

    Opportunities and Innovative Solutions for Preventing Homelessness

    Henry Oliver Room

    On any given night, more than 580,000 people in America experience homelessness, with millions more on the cusp. The pandemic has only exacerbated the homelessness and housing affordability crisis. Counties invest significantly in housing and community development and play an important role in addressing the needs of people experiencing homelessness. Hear from an expert panel of national and county leaders on key resources and solutions for counties to combat homelessness and housing instability.

  • Dec. 2
    3:15 pm to 3:30 pm EST

    Coffee Break sponsored by Visa

    Decatur Ballroom Lobby

  • Dec. 2
    3:30 pm to 5:00 pm EST

    LUCC Business Meeting

    Decatur Ballroom

    Over the past year, NACo has helped to achieve numerous county legislative priorities including the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act, which provided $65.1 billion in direct funding for counties of all sizes, as well as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which represents a significant victory for counties, who own and operate 44 percent of public roads and 38 percent of bridges. During the Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC) Business Meeting, LUCC members will hear about these developments as well as a COVID-19 update from our White House and federal partners, as well as NACo staff.

  • Dec. 2
    5:30 pm to 9:00 pm EST

    Dinner and Soulful Christmas performance – sponsored by Aetna

Friday, December 3, 2021

  • Dec. 3
    7:45 am to 8:30 am EST

    LUCC Symposium Breakfast & ARPA Informal Discussion Sponsored by Witt O'Brien's

    Decatur Ballroom Lobby

    Breakfast will be served and county attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their ARPA spending plans with fellow attendees. Witt O’Brien’s – a corporate premier partner of NACo – will have experts in the room, along with NACo staff, to answer your pressing ARPA questions.

  • Dec. 3
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm EST

    LUCC Mobile Tour

    All attendees are welcome to attend the mobile tour. Mobile workshops will depart from the main hotel entrance. Arrive 10 minutes prior to tour departure to allow time to board the buses.

    THE METRO ATLANTA URBAN FARM

    The Metro Atlanta Urban Farm (MAUF) works to reduce barriers to healthy living by promoting agriculture to eliminate food insecurity and by offering training in sustainable, high-quality, low-cost farming and gardening. This workshop will provide an overview of MAUF’s key initiatives, partnerships and results. While exploring the property, participants will have an opportunity to dive deeper into specific elements of MAUF’s efforts with a wide range of federal, state and local partners. This is an outdoor tour. Please wear comfortable, weather appropriate attire. There will be time to change clothes before lunch. 

  • Dec. 3
    12:30 pm to 1:45 pm EST

    Luncheon for LUCC Symposium Attendees and NACo Board Members Sponsored by Tidal Basin

    Courtyard Patio

  • Dec. 3
    2:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST

    NACo Board of Directors Meeting

    Decatur Ballroom

    The NACo Board Meeting is open to all attendees and will include an update from the White House as well as the Roy C. Brooks Generational Poverty Award in addition to general Board business.

  • Dec. 3
    6:00 pm to 8:30 pm EST

    Dinner Reception

    Parker’s on Ponce

Saturday, December 4, 2021

  • Dec. 4
    8:00 am to 12:00 pm EST

    NACo Board Retreat

    Buses will board and leave from the Courtyard main entrance promptly at 8:30 a.m. and travel to Blackhall Studios, where we will tour the facility and hold the Board Retreat.

    Situated in DeKalb County, Blackhall Studios offer comprehensive services for a wide variety of film and television productions. The studio complex spans nearly 150 acres and includes nine sound stages and spaces for special effects and storage.

  • Dec. 4
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST

    Boxed Lunch

    Buses will depart Blackhall Studios at 12:15 p.m. and bring guests either to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport or back to the Courtyard. If you are going straight to the airport, check out from the hotel prior to departure and bring your luggage on the bus.