2018 NACo Legislative Conference

Conference

2018 NACo Legislative Conference

The NACo Legislative Conference, held annually in Washington, D.C., brings together over 2,000 elected and appointed county officials to focus on federal policy issues that impact counties and our residents. 2018 NACo Legislative Conference was held March 3-7, 2018.
Fri. March 02
8:00 am

CIO Forum

Fri. March 02 | 8:00 am to 11:30 amColumbia 5 &7, Terrace Level

The CIO Forum brings together county CIOs, county officials with a responsibility for a technology initiative or program and Premier Corporate Members to address the latest technology issues impacting county government. The CIO Forum will address:

  • Mobile Device Management: What is Your Strategy to Keep Your County Secure?
  • The (No Longer) Missing Link: The Connection Between e-Discovery and Computer Forensics
  • The CIO and the Need to Adapt to a Changing Environment
  • The Future is Now: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

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

Fri. March 02 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pmColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level
11:30 am

Tech Town Hall, Part 1

Fri. March 02 | 11:30 am to 5:00 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

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All attendees of the NACo Legislative Conference with an interest in technology are invited to attend! This Tech Town Hall is designed to be interactive and will include a mix of presentations and facilitated discussions with a focus on how counties are using technology to address these topics:

  • Integrating Data to Improve Outcomes in Health, Human Services and Justice Systems
  • Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Coming to a County Near You
  • The Future of Truth and Misinformation Online
2:00 pm

National Association of County Human Services Administrators

Fri. March 02 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pmColumbia 3, Terrace Level
4:00 pm

NACo Ambassadors Meeting (By invitation only)

Fri. March 02 | 4:00 pm to 5:00 pmFairchild, Terrace Level
5:00 pm

Tech Town Hall Networking Reception

Fri. March 02 | 5:00 pm to 6:30 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

Sponsored by Nationwide Retirement Solutions and U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance

Registration Open

Fri. March 02 | 5:00 pm to 7:00 pmColumbia West, Terrace Level
Sat. March 03
7:00 am

Registration Open

Sat. March 03 | 7:00 am to 5:00 pmColumbia West, Terrace Level
8:00 am

Policy Coordinating Committee Meeting #1

Sat. March 03 | 8:00 am to 9:00 amHolmead, Lobby Level

First Time Attendees Orientation and Breakfast

Sat. March 03 | 8:00 am to 9:30 amGeorgetown, Concourse Level

All first time attendees are welcome to join us to learn more about NACo and how to make the most out of the Legislative Conference. RSVP is required. Please email jlosh@naco.org if you have not already submitted your RSVP.

NACCTFO: Human Resources - Recruiting Good Employees

Sat. March 03 | 8:00 am to 11:00 amColumbia 2, Terrace Level
9:00 am

Community, Economic and Workforce Development Policy Steering Committee - Resolutions Meeting

Sat. March 03 | 9:00 am to 10:00 amColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

Public Lands Policy Steering Committee - Resolutions Meeting

Sat. March 03 | 9:00 am to 10:00 amInternational Ballroom East, Concourse Level

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Resolutions Meeting

Sat. March 03 | 9:00 am to 10:00 amInternational Ballroom West, Concourse Level

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. March 03 | 9:00 am to 10:30 amJefferson, Concourse Level

Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee - Resolutions Meeting

Sat. March 03 | 9:00 am to 11:00 amColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

Health Policy Steering Committee – Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. March 03 | 9:00 am to 11:30 amLincoln West, Concourse Level

Human Services and Education Joint Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. March 03 | 9:00 am to 11:30 amColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee - Morning Meeting

Sat. March 03 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

Telecommunications and Technology Policy Steering Committee Meeting

Sat. March 03 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pmCabinet, Concourse Level
9:30 am

Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs Policy Steering Committee Meeting

Sat. March 03 | 9:30 am to 12:00 pmLincoln East, Concourse Level
10:00 am

Community, Economic and Workforce Development Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. March 03 | 10:00 am to 11:30 amColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

Public Lands Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. March 03 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmInternational Ballroom East, Concourse Level

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. March 03 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmInternational Ballroom West, Concourse Level
10:30 am

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. March 03 | 10:30 am to 12:00 pmJefferson, Concourse Level

Audit Committee Meeting

Sat. March 03 | 10:30 am to 12:00 pmMorgan, Lobby Level
11:30 am

Tech Town Hall, Part 2

Sat. March 03 | 11:30 am to 5:00 pmGeorgetown, Concourse Level

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This is the continuation of Tech Town Hall, Part 1 and will cover these topics:

  • Healthy Communities: How Technology Can Connect Patients to Better Health Outcomes
  • Your County is Under Attack Part One: Lessons Learned from the False Missile Alert in Hawaii 
  • Technology as a Tool to Help Fight the Opioid Epidemic
  • Blockchain Simplified: What it is, Why Should You Care, and How Will it Impact the Future of County Government?
12:00 pm

Finance Committee Meeting

Sat. March 03 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pmMorgan, Lobby Level

Luncheon Roundtable: Two-Generation Approach to Combating Multigenerational Poverty in our Nation’s Counties

Sat. March 03 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pmColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

With over 15 million children in the United States living below the poverty line, counties across the country face challenges in providing services to families in both urban and rural communities. Successful policies and programs focus on a two-generation approach, which address the cycle of poverty caused by disparities in access to employment, health care, education and housing. During this session, attendees will be introduced to the two-generation approach and learn how counties are integrating this concept within current human services, health and workforce programs and policies at the local level. Lunch will be provided.

1:00 pm

Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. March 03 | 1:00 pm to 4:00 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level
1:30 pm

NACCTFO: Strategic Planning - Turning Your Vision into Action

Sat. March 03 | 1:30 pm to 4:00 pmColumbia 2, Terrace Level

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. March 03 | 1:30 pm to 4:00 pmInternational Ballroom West, Concourse Level

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

Sat. March 03 | 1:30 pm to 4:30 pmLincoln East, Concourse Level

Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee - Afternoon Meeting

Sat. March 03 | 1:30 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level
2:00 pm

Public Lands Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. March 03 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pmInternational Ballroom East, Concourse Level

Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. March 03 | 2:00 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

Health Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. March 03 | 2:00 pm to 4:30 pmLincoln West, Concourse Level

Human Services and Education Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. March 03 | 2:00 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level
3:00 pm

National Association of County Administrators (NACA) Executive Board Meeting

Sat. March 03 | 3:00 pm to 5:00 pmNorthwest, Lobby Level
5:00 pm

Policy Coordinating Committee Meeting #2

Sat. March 03 | 5:00 pm to 5:45 pmHolmead, Lobby Level

NACHFa Annual Meeting

Sat. March 03 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmJay, Lobby Level

Women of NACo (WON) Leadership Reception

Sat. March 03 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmWashington Hilton Suite 9100

Florida Delegates Reception

Sat. March 03 | 5:00 pm to 6:30 pmTenleytown, First Floor

Colorado Counties Caucus (By invitation only)

Sat. March 03 | 5:00 pm to 7:00 pmColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level
Sun. March 04
7:00 am

Non-Denominational Worship Service

Sun. March 04 | 7:00 am to 8:00 amColumbia 2, Terrace Level

Registration Open

Sun. March 04 | 7:00 am to 5:00 pmColumbia West, Terrace Level
8:00 am

Gulf States Counties and Parishes Caucus

Sun. March 04 | 8:00 am to 9:30 amColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

he purpose of the Gulf States Counties and Parishes Caucus (GSCPC) is to promote a clearer understanding of mutual challenges of Gulf Coast counties and parishes and their citizens. GSCPC will be discussing state implementation of the RESTORE Act, reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program and more. Caucus membership is open to all NACo county and parish government officials from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas

9:30 am

GIS Subcommittee Meeting (By invitation only)

Sun. March 04 | 9:30 am to 11:00 amColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

The GIS Subcommittee meets to discuss strategic directions for NACo to take on a continuing basis. During this session, Global Flight leads a discussion on 9/11 in reference to GIS and ESRI highlights the latest problem-solving solutions GIS can provide.

10:00 am

Large Urban County Caucus

Sun. March 04 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

Rural Action Caucus

Sun. March 04 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level
11:00 am

IT Standing Committee Meeting

Sun. March 04 | 11:00 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

The Information Technology committee will meet to discuss strategic directions for NACo to take on a continuing basis. The committee will identify and review topics/subjects of interest to NACo membership and will recommend various outcomes.

12:00 pm

Membership Committee Meeting

Sun. March 04 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pmLincoln West, Concourse Level

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

Sun. March 04 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pmGeorgetown, Concourse Level

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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.  

12:30 pm

NABCO/NOBCO Meeting

Sun. March 04 | 12:30 pm to 2:45 pmInternational Ballroom East, Concourse Level
1:00 pm

Veterans and Military Services Committee Meeting

Sun. March 04 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

Western Interstate Region (WIR) Board of Directors Meeting

Sun. March 04 | 1:00 pm to 3:30 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

The Western Interstate Region is affiliated with the National Association of Counties and is dedicated to the promotion of Western interests within NACo. These interests include public land issues (use and conservation), community stability and economic development, and the promotion of the traditional Western way of life. Its membership consists of fifteen Western states, (Alaska, Hawaii, Wash., Ore., Calif., Idaho, Nev., Ariz., Mont., Wyo., Colo., N.M., Utah, N.D., S.D.) with membership funded through the individual state associations.

Defined Contribution and Retirement Advisory Committee Meeting

Sun. March 04 | 1:00 pm to 4:00 pmColumbia 3, Terrace Level

FSC Advisory Committee Meeting

Sun. March 04 | 1:00 pm to 4:00 pmColumbia 4, Terrace Level
1:15 pm

Cultivating A Creative Workforce Through the Arts: A NACo Arts and Culture Commission Meeting

Sun. March 04 | 1:15 pm to 3:15 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

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Creativity drives innovation and is one of the most important leadership skills an employee can have in today’s workforce. Counties can drive creative thinking by supporting arts education programs that have been shown to cultivate happier, healthier workforces. This session explored the ways creativity can be fostered within a community, focusing specifically on programs for entrepreneurs, veterans and active duty military.

1:30 pm

Programs and Services Committee Meeting

Sun. March 04 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pmColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

The Programs and Services Committee advises the NACo Officers and the Board of Directors regarding the development of NACo programs and services.   In this session, committee members will have the opportunity to review NACo’s County Leadership Institute (CLI), leadership development workshops and work on best practices in service sharing and citizen engagement. The goal is to get input from Programs and Services Committee members on current and future NACo services. Open to all.

National Association of County LGBT Leaders and Allies

Sun. March 04 | 1:30 pm to 3:30 pmInternational Ballroom West, Concourse Level

Every year, the Human Rights Campaign in conjunction with the Equality Federation Institute publish the Municipal Equality Index (MEI), which examines the inclusivity of municipal laws, policies and services for LGBTQ residents in local communities. Learn about the process that goes into compiling the annual report in a presentation given by the Human Rights Campaign.

Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce (Additional registration and fee required)

Sun. March 04 | 1:30 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 2, Terrace Level

(Additional registration and fee required)

Learn effective management and leadership techniques for today’s generationally diverse workforce in this interactive, in-depth workshop. Participants will learn the defining characteristics of each generation, how to keep staff engaged, surprising factors that affect employee morale and how managers can create dynamic, harmonious teams across generations.

This session is sold out. To be placed on a wait list, please contact ahurley@naco.org 

1:45 pm

State Association Meeting Planners Meeting

Sun. March 04 | 1:45 pm to 3:15 pmHolmead, Lobby Level
2:00 pm

Immigration Reform Task Force Meeting

Sun. March 04 | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pmFairchild, Terrace Level
2:30 pm

NACA Idea Exchange

Sun. March 04 | 2:30 pm to 5:00 pmLincoln East, Concourse Level
3:00 pm

State Association Deputy Directors and Staff Meeting

Sun. March 04 | 3:00 pm to 4:30 pmGeorgetown West, Concourse Level
3:15 pm

North Carolina Association of Black County Officials (NCABCO) Business Meeting (By invitation only)

Sun. March 04 | 3:15 pm to 4:45 pmGeorgetown East, Concourse Level
3:30 pm

NACo Board Forum

Sun. March 04 | 3:30 pm to 4:45 pmJefferson, Concourse Level
4:30 pm

PA Counties Caucus

Sun. March 04 | 4:30 pm to 5:30 pmHolmead, Lobby Level
4:45 pm

NACo NextGen Business Meeting

Sun. March 04 | 4:45 pm to 5:45 pmColumbia 3, Terrace Level
5:00 pm

Alabama Delegates Caucus/Reception (By invitation only)

Sun. March 04 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

Meeting of National Association of County Civil Attorneys (NACCA) (by invitation Only)

Sun. March 04 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmColumbia 4, Terrace Level

Mississippi Caucus Meeting

Sun. March 04 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmKalorama, Lobby Level

National Association of County Administrators (NACA) Reception

Sun. March 04 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmOak Lawn, Lobby Level

National Association of County Planners (NACP) Meeting

Sun. March 04 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmPiscataway, Lobby Level

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. 

Oregon Caucus (By invitation only)

Sun. March 04 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

National Association of County Intergovernmental Relations Officials (NACIRO) – Business Meeting and Elections

Sun. March 04 | 5:00 pm to 6:30 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level
5:30 pm

National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors (NACBHDD) Reception

Sun. March 04 | 5:30 pm to 7:30 pmFairchild, Terrace Level
5:45 pm

NACo NextGen and CLI Reception

Sun. March 04 | 5:45 pm to 6:45 pmMorgan, Lobby Level
Mon. March 05
7:00 am

Registration Open

Mon. March 05 | 7:00 am to 5:00 pmColumbia West, Terrace Level
7:30 am

Central Region Caucus Meeting

Mon. March 05 | 7:30 am to 8:30 amColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

Northeast Region Caucus Meeting

Mon. March 05 | 7:30 am to 8:30 amColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

South Region Caucus Meeting

Mon. March 05 | 7:30 am to 8:30 amColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

West Region Caucus Meeting

Mon. March 05 | 7:30 am to 8:30 amColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level
9:00 am
10:30 am

NACIO Board of Directors Meeting

Mon. March 05 | 10:30 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 2, Terrace Level

NCCAE Business Meeting

Mon. March 05 | 10:30 am to 12:00 pmGeorgetown East, Concourse Level
10:45 am

Building Citizen Buy-In

Mon. March 05 | 10:45 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

County government management and operations rely on citizen engagement for many reasons, including votes on bond proposals and tax increases, input on budget proposals and key advisory boards. This workshop will focus on more ways counties can harness and increase citizen engagement in overall operations and management, validating decision-making and working effectively as a community. This workshop covers using social media to rapidly mobilize a community, successful messaging and other public outreach tools.

Counties' Engagement in Telehealth

Mon. March 05 | 10:45 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 4, Terrace Level

Telehealth offers many opportunities to deliver direct health services such as preventative and specialty, care coordinate information, training and administrative services aimed at addressing health disparities affecting vulnerable populations while reducing healthcare costs. Telehealth can reduce transportation barriers and reduces workforce shortages due to shared health professional staffing. This session explores telehealth services and lessons learned from county engagement.

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

Mon. March 05 | 10:45 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

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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.

Federal Tools for County-Driven International Economic Development

Mon. March 05 | 10:45 am to 12:00 pmLincoln East, Concourse Level

From employment in U.S. subsidiaries of foreign businesses to jobs in U.S. companies exporting abroad, international trade brings many jobs to county economies. Counties play an essential role in creating a business-friendly environment for these activities. In this meeting, representatives from various federal agencies talk about tools that the federal government can offer to county officials to expand international trade and business in their county. The meeting is structured in 15-minute sessions to allow attendees to network directly with representatives, foster connections and learn how they can partner with the federal government to encourage economic growth through international investment and exports. This session is hosted by the International Economic Development Task Force and open to all conference attendees.

Impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Childhood Poverty

Mon. March 05 | 10:45 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the scientific impact of toxic stress on the developing brain have been linked to numerous negative outcomes spanning into adulthood. Hear from experts and county governments that have implemented trauma-informed programs that promote resiliency, well-being, self-sufficiency and economic mobility in their communities. This workshop focuses on strategies for families, particularly with children ages 0-3 years.

Outlook for Federal Legislative and Policy Issues Impacting Counties

Mon. March 05 | 10:45 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

As the Trump administration enters year two and the 115th Congress begins its second session, join the NACo legislative team for a rapid-fire discussion on the top issues facing counties, including health care, entitlement reform, transportation and infrastructure, public lands management and payments, environmental regulations and much more.

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The Fully Respectful Workplace

Mon. March 05 | 10:45 am to 12:00 pmFairchild, Terrace Level

Join Dr. Chris Kilmartin for a vital conversation about what the fully respectful workplace is and your role in helping to create it. From discrimination to workplace behavior to recognizing and ending harassment, Dr. Kilmartin brings years of experience and insight to this mission-critical topic.

12:00 pm

Attendee Luncheon

Mon. March 05 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pmInternational Ballroom, Concourse Level

Join your colleagues at this fun luncheon and enjoy a performance by the Capitol Steps. This one-of-a-kind troupe began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. Although not all of the current performers are former Hill staffers, taken together, they have worked in a total of 18 congressional offices and represent more than six decades of House and Senate staff experience.

1:45 pm

Building and Supporting Cross-System Data Sharing

Mon. March 05 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

Many of the populations served by county departments are connected to multiple systems, including county-supported health, human services and justice systems, and there is a growing need to better align resources and coordinate services and supports. Automated data sharing and integration is one way to connect systems and share information across systems, but jurisdictions must implement effective data governance to ensure information is collected, used and protected appropriately. In this workshop, learn from a national expert and two counties on how to establish policies and practices to safely and effectively share data across systems and, in the process, achieve system efficiencies.

Compare Your County: How to Use the County Explorer Benchmarking Tool

Mon. March 05 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmColumbia 3, Terrace Level

Learn how to use the new County Explorer Benchmarking Tool in this interactive, in-depth workshop. This training will demonstrate how to use the new tool for comparing a county across several indicators with other counties, its state, similarly sized counties or the median for the 3,069 counties. Participants will also become familiar with faster ways to get to the stats for their county. Learn how to use this NACo tool for benchmarking, communication and advocacy. Bring your laptop!

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

Mon. March 05 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

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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.

NCCAE Continuing Education Workshop

Mon. March 05 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmGeorgetown East, Concourse Level

Tweeting the System: Social Media Dos and Don'ts with Congress

Mon. March 05 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) conducted a recent survey of Congressional staff and identified how offices are using social media, who is responsible for social media strategies, and what staffers see as the benefits and drawbacks of social media. Join Brad Fitch, the CEO of CMF, to learn how Congress is using social media to communicate Members’ views, how staff communicates social media content from platforms to policy staff and legislators, strategies for getting the attention of Members’ offices and simple social media methods to enhance your advocacy influence.

NACo Board of Directors Meeting

Mon. March 05 | 1:45 pm to 4:30 pmJefferson, Concourse Level

Crisis Communications

Mon. March 05 | 1:45 pm to 5:00 pmFairchild, Terrace Level

(Additional fee and registration required)

Take a deep dive into crisis management through strategic communications in this interactive workshop. Using real and relevant crisis situations, participants will learn best practices while developing an actionable crisis communications plan to successfully address crises back home.

This session is sold out. To be placed on a waitlist, please contact ahurley@naco.org

3:15 pm

Budgeting Basics for Newly Elected Officials

Mon. March 05 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 3, Terrace Level

Learn the budget basics that every newly elected official must know to succeed. Join the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for a practical workshop on understanding your county’s budget process, avoiding common pitfalls and start 2018 ahead of the budget game with a solid foundation of budget knowledge -- even if you’re not a numbers whiz.

Building Trust Through Performance Metrics

Mon. March 05 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

In an increasingly complex world, counties are tasked with meeting growing demands with fewer resources. To meet this challenge effectively, many counties track performance to review progress and adjust day-to-day operations. This session discusses how counties of all sizes track performance, existing processes and lessons learned.

Designing and Financing "Smart" County Infrastructure

Mon. March 05 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 4, Terrace Level

Counties play an essential role in developing transportation and infrastructure networks that ensure residents are protected and well-connected. Explore how counties can invest now in future-facing “smart” technologies and leverage all available financing options.

Fueling Job Growth by Tapping into the New Energy Economy

Mon. March 05 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

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.

Nationwide Retirement Session: Financial Legislative Update: 2017 Tax Reform Act

Mon. March 05 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

This workshop provides a review and analysis of the 2017 Tax Reform Act that may affect you and your employees. Nationwide's Government Relations team will present key features of the tax reform bill and its financial, retirement and business impact, and discuss what key provisions may boost long-term economic growth.

Stepping Up: Communications Strategies on County Efforts to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails

Mon. March 05 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

More than 400 counties have joined the national Stepping Up initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails. Although counties have made progress in addressing this issue, many still struggle to effectively communicate these efforts to the public and the media. During this workshop, county leaders will learn about strategies for engaging the public and media around reducing the number of people with mental illnesses in jails and key messaging points to gain support for these efforts.

Vision, Values & People: Understanding Your Workplace's Culture and Why It Matters

Mon. March 05 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 2, Terrace Level

Workplace culture is the most important factor in employee retention and morale — but it’s the most misunderstood and hardest to change. Join Catch Your Limit for a dynamic session on understanding how you affect — and can change! — your workplace’s culture. A must-attend for members in leadership and management positions.

4:30 pm

California Caucus (By invitation only)

Mon. March 05 | 4:30 pm to 5:30 pmGeorgetown West, Concourse Level

North Carolina Caucus Meeting

Mon. March 05 | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pmLincoln East, Concourse Level
5:00 pm

Minnesota Delegation Caucus (By invitation only)

Mon. March 05 | 5:00 pm to 6:30 pmNorthwest, Lobby Level

Wisconsin Counties Association Reception (By invitation only)

Mon. March 05 | 5:00 pm to 6:30 pmGeorgetown East, Concourse Level

National Conference of Republican County Officials Business Meeting

Mon. March 05 | 5:00 pm to 7:00 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

National Democratic County Officers Business Meeting

Mon. March 05 | 5:00 pm to 7:00 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level
5:30 pm

New Mexico Association of Counties Reception (By invitation only)

Mon. March 05 | 5:30 pm to 7:00 pmMorgan, Lobby Level
6:00 pm

North Carolina Reception

Mon. March 05 | 6:00 pm to 7:30 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level
7:00 pm

LUCC/RAC Reception (by invitation)

Mon. March 05 | 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Tue. March 06
7:00 am

National Association of Hispanic County Officials (NAHCO) 2018 Legislative Priorities Meeting

Tue. March 06 | 7:00 am to 8:30 amFairchild, Terrace Level

Registration Open

Tue. March 06 | 7:00 am to 1:00 pmColumbia West, Terrace Level
8:00 am

Counties Care: How to Effectively Serve Families in Need

Tue. March 06 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

The roots of poverty strike deep within a community. The experiences of children aged 0-3 can have a profound impact on their social and economic wellbeing later in life, and cycles of poverty can perpetuate in a family simply because of inadequate care for the county’s youngest residents. This workshop will bring together county leaders to discuss their work in trying to break this cycle of multigenerational poverty through early childhood development efforts. Breakfast will be provided for attendees.

How to Save Your County Money Without Wasting Valuable Time

Tue. March 06 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

As requirements become more complex and budgets and resources shrink, purchasing supplies and services your county needs can often be a slow and expensive process. Cooperative purchasing may serve as an important tool in assisting local government officials save taxpayers’ dollars, without overworking lean staffs. Join us and gain insight on how your county can effectively “do more with less” in the public procurement process. Breakfast will be served.

Leveraging Data and Visualization Tools to Keep Businesses Local

Tue. March 06 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amColumbia 4, Terrace Level

This interactive session explores how county leaders can work directly with the business community to drive even greater economic growth. Experience management and visualization experts will share specific tools, survey methods and visualization techniques that will help counties take the temperature of the business community and develop strategies that can address business concerns head-on – before a company decides to move elsewhere.

Public Values and Political Ethics

Tue. March 06 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

This workshop explores the myriad competing values in the public sphere in a systematic way and discusses the nature of ethical obligations in public service. Participants come away with a consistent framework within which to place public values and new tools to resolve conflicts.

The Opioid Crisis: Updates on Opioid-Related Litigation

Tue. March 06 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

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Counties are on the front lines of the opioid crisis. In 2017, several states and over 100 counties filed lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of opioids to recover the costs of prevention efforts, treatment and services as well as jailing residents addicted to prescription painkillers and heroin. In this workshop, representatives from Florida, New York, North Carolina and Wisconsin will provide updates on opioids litigation in their states.

9:30 am
1:00 pm

Press Conference in Support of Key Public Lands Programs: Secure Rural School (SRS) and Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT)

Tue. March 06 | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pmCapitol East Front, "House Triangle"

Join us for a press conference on Capitol Hill in support of Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT), featuring several key members of Congress.  With 61.6% of counties having federal land within their boundaries, PILT and SRS funding is fundamental for supporting critical county services, including emergency services, search and rescue, fire protection, forest maintenance, education and transportation infrastructure.  NACo supports restoring full mandatory funding for PILT, which compensates counties for untaxable federal land within their boundaries. NACo also supports extending SRS as a transitional funding mechanism until the federal government fully implements a sustainable, long-term forest management program with adequate revenue sharing for forest counties and schools.

Media attendees, please RSVP below

Adaptive Leadership 101/County Leadership Institute

Tue. March 06 | 1:00 pm to 2:15 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

Join a panel of NACo’s County Leadership Institute (CLI) alumni for an inside look at adaptive leadership, what it is, and how it can change your leadership style. CLI alumni will share real-world examples of how attending CLI has impacted their leadership strategy. Recommended for NACo members interested in strengthening your leadership skills and participating in CLI.

1:15 pm

Mobile Workshop: DC New Communities Initiative Tour

Tue. March 06 | 1:15 pm to 3:00 pmMobile Workshop

Tour one of the neighborhoods part of the District’s New Communities Initiative (NCI), an effort aimed at transforming four public, subsidized housing properties into mixed-income developments that also include additional affordable housing, new services, amenities and green spaces.  Learn about the major tools and strategies for development, social services, community building and systems change that NCI is using to promote neighborhood revitalization without displacement of low-income residents.  Come explore NCI’s Park Morton redevelopment, located in Park View, a centrally located, transit-rich DC neighborhood that has seen significant growth over the past decade - making NCI’s redevelopment and anti-displacement efforts all the more urgent.

Meet at the Terrace level exit outside Columbia West

Space is first-come, first-seated

3:00 pm

Hill Briefing: America's Counties: The Foundation for American Infrastructure

Tue. March 06 | 3:00 pm to 4:00 pmCapitol Hill - 1324 Longworth House Office Building

Counties play a major role in our nation’s infrastructure system. From roads and bridges to airports and transit systems, local infrastructure investment is the driving force behind a strong economy.  With the administration and Congress focused on infrastructure,  join us for a briefing on how counties are working to strengthen our national infrastructure network and learn how a strong federal-state-local partnership will help us get there.

Joint Meeting: Women of NACo (WON) and Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues

Tue. March 06 | 3:00 pm to 4:00 pmCapitol Hill - Rayburn 2253

NACo participants RSVP to Mayor Melissa McKinlay (Palm Beach County, Fla) at mmckinlay@pbcgov.org

Meeting with women elected officials and the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues to discuss policy priorities

3:30 pm

Hill Briefing: Improving Lives and Outcomes at the Local Level: How Counties are Tackling Multigenerational Cycles of Poverty

Tue. March 06 | 3:30 pm to 4:30 pmCapitol Hill - Capitol Visitors Center Room 209

The nation’s 3,069 counties provide vital services to more than 300 million residents. From early childhood development to workforce development, from homelessness to health, counties are investing in services that break cycles of poverty and help people thrive. Please join us for a briefing and conversation that will focus on how counties are working with our federal and state partners to implement innovative anti-poverty programs.

7:00 pm

NACo President's Reception

Tue. March 06 | 7:00 pm to 9:30 pmInternational Ballroom, Concourse Level

Connect with fellow conference attendees over drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres at our closing networking reception. Whatever you do, don’t forget to put on your dancing shoes for your favorite conference band, No Bad Ju Ju!

Wed. March 07
8:00 am

Minnesota Congressional Breakfast (By invitation Only)

Wed. March 07 | 8:00 am to 10:00 amOffsite

NACo Open House

Wed. March 07 | 8:00 am to 3:00 pmNACo Office

Need a place to put your luggage while on the Hill? Please bring it to the lobby of the first floor conference center at NACo HQ and ask for a tour of our headquarters , your office away from home!

Hill Visits

Wed. March 07 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pmCapitol Hill
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