2019 NACo Legislative Conference

Sat. March 02
12:00 pm

Early Childhood Luncheon: Leading Local Efforts to Reach Young Children

Sat. March 02 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ESTJefferson East & West, Concourse Level

Seating is first-come, first-served and limited to registered attendees.

Early childhood investments help to support a thriving community and positively impact children’s outcomes that span into adulthood. Strong evidence shows that when counties invest in the first three years of a child’s life, the returns for the community are the highest, and these investments can reduce the need for more expensive interventions later in an individual’s life. Hear from an expert panel of county and national thought leaders about how counties are investing in young children and advancing early childhood policy, programs and systems.

Resilient Counties Luncheon: Addressing Ongoing and Emerging Threats Due to Adverse Weather Patterns

Sat. March 02 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ESTColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

Adverse weather impacts counties’ ability to protect residents and infrastructure. Over the past three years, on average 25 percent of all counties received at least one major presidential disaster declaration due to devastating wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, tornados or other natural disasters. Join the Resilient Counties Advisory Board and the Environment, Energy and Land Use Policy Steering Committee to discuss federal and local programs and policies available to help counties adapt to changing weather conditions.

This luncheon is made possible by the 2018 - 2019 Resilient Counties sponsors. Thank you to the Resilient Counties sponsors for their support.

Sun. March 03
12:00 pm

Tax-Efficient Planning Opportunities - Sponsored by Nationwide Retirement Solutions

Sun. March 03 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ESTShaw, First Floor

Most investors saving for retirement do so by saving through 401ks, 403bs and other tax-deferred accounts – though a lucky few still have pensions. With all this tax-deferred income, clients may find themselves with a hefty tax bill or in a higher tax bracket when they withdraw income, especially at age 70 ½.  We’ll talk about planning opportunities to reduce the impact of taxes on your client’s retirement income, like Net Unrealized Appreciation, HSAs, Roth Conversion and Qualified Charitable Deductions and sequencing case studies that demonstrate how the order of withdrawals can impact the longevity of a retirement income plan.

Mon. March 04
10:30 am

Leadership Symposium

Invitation only

Mon. March 04 | 10:30 am to 4:30 pm ESTFairchild West, Terrace Level

Dr. Martín Carcasson, founder and director of the Colorado State University Center for Public Deliberation, and innovative facilitators from 4Forward lead an interactive, in-depth symposium on resident engagement. Learn the foundational social psychology and decision- making science behind building consensus, then put theory into practice with an interactive session on strategies to overcome your county’s greatest challenges.

10:45 am


Mon. March 04 | 10:45 am to 11:45 am EST

Making Sense of New Federal Funding Tools: Opportunity Zones and Pay for Success

Mon. March 04 | 10:45 am to 11:45 am ESTColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 included provisions to incentivize results-driven investments in economic development in communities across the
country. Join this interactive workshop to learn more about Opportunity Zones and the Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (SIPPRA) and what counties need to do to access and leverage these new funding streams.

New Revenue on the Horizon: Collections via Online Sales Tax and Tax Refund Intercept

Mon. March 04 | 10:45 am to 11:45 am ESTColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

In June 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ended the “physical presence” standard for sales tax collection, allowing states and counties to begin collecting existing taxes on online and remote sales. Additionally, NACo has partnered with state associations of counties to develop a program to intercept tax refunds from individuals who have not paid certified delinquent debts owed to county governments. In this workshop, hear experts talk about the approaches different states are taking to these new opportunities, including a discussion on potential future federal action and court cases.

Outlook for Federal Policy Issues in the 116th Congress

Mon. March 04 | 10:45 am to 11:45 am ESTColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

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.

Reimagining County Behavioral Health Crisis Response Systems and Policies

Mon. March 04 | 10:45 am to 11:45 am ESTLincoln East, Concourse Level

Without alternatives to jails and emergency rooms, law enforcement and other first responders have few options for diverting people who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis. NACo is partnering with Arnold Ventures to improve America's crisis response system through the Data-Driven Justice project. This workshop presents engagement strategies counties are using to build regional and state support to redesign crisis response systems and link people with mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders to places where they are most likely to receive effective treatment.

Smarter Counties Summit Session 1: Bridging the Digital Divide

Mon. March 04 | 10:45 am to 11:45 am ESTColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

From foundational middle-mile investments in underserved communities to changes in local zoning authority for next-generation telecommunications infrastructure, this session examines how rural and urban counties are bridging the digital divide while meeting the challenges of rapid growth in telecommunications.

Connecting Federal and County Systems of Care

Mon. March 04 | 10:45 am to 11:45 am ESTColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

Counties are exploring and implementing innovative approaches to delivering health and human services critical to breaking cycles of poverty. Hear from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and county leaders on their efforts to promote collaboration across health and human services systems, improve outcomes for residents and lead them on a path towards employment and self-sufficiency.

1:45 pm


Mon. March 04 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm EST

Backstage Pass: Behind the Scenes of Congressional Decision Making

Mon. March 04 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm ESTColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

Many Americans believe that federal lawmakers are unreachable – that they don't care about what constituents think and that influencing legislative outcomes is impossible and a waste of time. Yet research shows that members of Congress strongly believe that constituents are a valuable and informative resource in the decision‐making process. Your "backstage pass" dispels myths about Congress and provides practical strategies on how decisions are really made and by whom.

National Council of County Association Executives (NCCAE) Continuing Education Workshop

Mon. March 04 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm ESTTenleytown West, First Floor

Power of Data: Enhance Your Advocacy with the New County Explorer Tool

Mon. March 04 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm ESTLincoln East, Concourse Level

NACo’s County Explorer tool provides easy access to the latest available county-level data, with hundreds of indicators across categories ranging from county administration to all manner of policy issues, including transportation and infrastructure, health and many others. NACo staff unveil an all-new and improved version of County Explorer, optimized for functionality on mobile platforms and suitable for use by expert and novice users. Join this interactive session and learn to leverage county data in your advocacy efforts. 

Smarter Counties Summit Session 2: Borrowing From the Tech Industry: How to Improve Services and Customer Experiences with Design Thinking

Mon. March 04 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm ESTColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

This workshop uses "design thinking," a user-centered approach to technology solutions, to give county leaders practice strategies to improve access to effective social services for vulnerable residents.

Understanding FEMA's New Policy Guidelines Before Disasters Hit

Mon. March 04 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm ESTColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

This session discusses imminent pre-hazard mitigation rule changes following the passage of the Disaster Recovery Relief Act, including funding eligibility and potential codes and standards requirements. In this workshop, FEMA will outline the questions county officials should ask their staff and give tips on applying for grants under the new FEMA guidelines. The workshop will also highlight successful county-led hazard mitigation projects and exemplary local policy examples.

Upcoming Supreme Court Cases Hold Consequences for Counties

Mon. March 04 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm ESTColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

The U.S. Supreme Court has two new justices and a docket of cases relevant to counties. This session covers several First Amendment cases, including a case involving an enormous cross on count 
property, a cemetery takings case against a county and employmentand police cases, plus a discussion of how the addition of Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch will change the Court.

3:15 pm


Mon. March 04 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm EST

Coming to You Soon? Emerging Trends in State Legislatures

Mon. March 04 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm ESTGeorgetown East & West, Concourse Level

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 like property taxes, 5G and elections, and how federal action could change the landscape for states and counties alike.

How Elections Shift Power in Congress: Identifying and Building Relations in a New Congress

Mon. March 04 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm ESTColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

A new Congress means new committee and subcommittee chairs, new alliances and significant changes in the political terrain on Capitol Hill. When power shifts in Congress from one political party to the other, an advocate who may have been represented by an anonymous backbencher the year before might become the conduit to the most important legislator for your cause. This presentation shows advocates how to build relationships with new members of Congress, the value of identifying key committee chairs (and why some are more important than others) and research on best practices for building relationships with new lawmakers back home.

How Evolving Cash Bail Policy Could Impact Your County

Mon. March 04 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm ESTColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

This workshop updates attendees on litigation and legislative changes to pretrial reform and examines challenges and success in counties that have eliminated monetary bail. Following several recent federal court decisions, states and counties across the country are requiring or experimenting with eliminating cash bail.

Maximizing Employee Performance by Managing Employee Experience

Mon. March 04 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm ESTColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

Employee experience is the key driver of personal achievement, team performance and organizational effectiveness and the linchpin to sustained value. Are you creating employee experiences that leverage talent and realize optimal performance? Join Dr. Tim Rahschulte for a session that forecasts actionable insights and best practices to drive individual engagement and organizational performance. Learn how to drive commitment, connection and care with your employees.

Smarter Counties Summit Session 3: Borrowing from the Tech Industry: How to Improve Services and Customer Experiences with Design Thinking (continued)

Mon. March 04 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm ESTColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

This workshop uses "design thinking," a user-centered approach to technology solutions, to give county leaders practice strategies to improve access to effective social services for vulnerable residents.

Strengthening Your County's Fiscal Fitness

Mon. March 04 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm ESTColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

Join this session to learn more about the role of county finance officers vs. the role of county electeds, and learn how to bridge the gap between CFOs and the county board. This session includes best practices on county financial policies, including debt, pensions and transparency.

Tue. March 05
8:00 am


Tue. March 05 | 8:00 am to 9:15 am EST

Advancing Civility in the County Workplace

Tue. March 05 | 8:00 am to 9:15 am ESTColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

Incivility in the workplace isn’t just disruptive – it’s a productivity and engagement killer that costs organizations millions of dollars annually, drives employee departures and can even cause stress-related illnesses. Why is it so common – and how do you combat it? Join Dr. Christopher Kilmartin, former professor of psychology at The University of Mary Washington and internationally-recognized expert on diversity and inclusion, to learn about the surprising sources of incivility in the workplace and how you can impact your workplace culture in powerful ways.

Building a Skilled Workforce for the Future

Tue. March 05 | 8:00 am to 9:15 am ESTColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

Learn how workforce boards can use the flexibility of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to rethink workforce policies and invest resources to create a future-forward workforce system, while hearing best practice examples from both urban and rural counties and regions.

Finding Better Solutions: Supporting People with Mental Illness Awaiting Trial

Tue. March 05 | 8:00 am to 9:15 am ESTColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

National experts discuss how states have changed policies to allow for community-based competency restoration and reduced wait times and reliance on state hospital beds for people detained pending competency restoration. Learn how county leaders have addressed the challenge of reducing the number of people with mental illnesses in jails and the impact on county jail populations and individual outcomes, and how federal legislators are attempting to address the issue nationally.

Repaving the Federal Permitting Process

Tue. March 05 | 8:00 am to 9:15 am ESTColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

In 2018, the Trump Administration announced efforts to streamline the federal permitting process, with the goal of capping reviews for new projects at a total of two years. Agencies engaged in this effort are involved in projects ranging from water infrastructure to roads and ditches to public transit. Join this workshop to learn more about how counties can benefit from federal streamlining efforts.

12:00 pm

CIO Forum (RSVP required)

Tue. March 05 | 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm ESTColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

The CIO Forum provides an opportunity for county CIOs and technology officials to learn about the latest technology programs and engage with NACo Premier Corporate members. The 2019 CIO Forum will focus on cybersecurity, telecommunications infrastructure, disaster planning and recovery and cloud storage.

RSVPs are required. Please RSVP when registering for the conference. To check your RSVP status or submit an RSVP if you are already registered, please contact nacomeetings@naco.org

1:00 pm

Dealing with Difficult Topics and Stakeholders

Tue. March 05 | 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm ESTColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

Elected officials are faced with difficult topics, conflicting solutions, and multiple stakeholders every day. Do you have the skills to successfully negotiate solutions? This seminar examines the art and science behind finding consensus and explores methods and strategies to address challenging public issues.

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