NACo's 83rd Annual Conference & Exposition

Conference

NACo's 83rd Annual Conference & Exposition

More than 3,000 county officials and partners participated in the 83rd NACo Annual Conference.  Find resources from the conference, including the American County Platform, videos and more.
Thu. July 12
8 am

County CIO and Technology Leadership Forum

Separate RSVP required

Thu. July 12 | 8:30 am to 12:00 pmGovernor's Ballroom A/E, Convention Center, Level 2

The County CIO and Leadership Forum is designed to provide county CIOs, county administrators, and county leaders responsible for technology services with an opportunity to connect, to share leading practices, and to learn about the important challenges that impact county government IT services. The County CIO and Leadership Forum agenda focuses on secure election systems, IT fraud, foreign software and hardware and effective partnerships.  

Breakfast is provided. County CIO and Leadership Forum attendees are invited to stay for lunch and the Smarter Counties Summit: Technology Driving Innovation

* Please RSVP via the conference registration form. To check your RSVP response, email nacomeetings@naco.org.

NACCED - National Association for County Community and Economic Development Board and Committee Meetings

Thu. July 12 | 8:30 am to 5:00 pmCanal E, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M
12 pm

Luncheon: County CIO Forum and Smarter Counties Summit

Thu. July 12 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pmGovernor's Ballroom A/E, Convention Center, Level 2

Open to County CIO Forum & Smarter Counties attendees that have RSVP'd. To check your RSVP response, email nacomeetings@naco.org.

1 pm

Smarter Counties Summit: Technology Driving Innovation, Day 1

(Formerly Tech Town Hall) - RSVP required

Watch Online

Thu. July 12 | 1:00 pm to 5:30 pmGovernor's Ballroom A/E, Convention Center, Level 2

“Innovation” and “technology.” Two words that may not typically come to mind when considering how counties are serving the underserved. However, when deployed together, innovation – whether it be developing new programs, retooling a system or process – and technology that connects the public with government or agencies with each other play an important part of any county’s efforts to reach out and to better serve vulnerable populations and the economically disadvantaged.

During the Smarter Counties Summit, county leaders will explore the role that technology and innovation is playing to serve the underserved in our nation’s counties.

Presented by NACo and the Public Technology Institute (PTI), Day 1 of the Summit will address:

  • Setting the Stage: Panel Discussion Led by NACo President Roy Brooks
  • Addressing Substance Use Disorder
  • Resilient Counties
  • The Last Mile: Connecting the Underserved

Opening Session Panelists:

2 pm

Credentials Desk Open

Thu. July 12 | 2:00 pm to 5:00 pmDelta Lobby A, Convention Center, Level 2

Mobile Workshop: Building Cultural Resilience Post-Disaster

Separate RSVP required

Thu. July 12 | 2:00 pm to 5:00 pmTwo Rivers Park, Riverfront Park, Nashville Symphony

This mobile workshop focuses on how arts and culture can be integrated into the post-disaster recovery process and the strategies cultural institutions have taken to rebuild post-disaster, in partnership with county government. Join a tour of Riverfront Park and the Nashville Symphony for a discussion on recovery from the 2010 flood, the construction of the park as a flood mitigation tool, and a visit to Tool Fire and Pier art installations. Learn about Davidson County’s recovery efforts from emergency response professionals.

Bus departs Delta Portico at 2:00 pm.

Dress: comfortable walking shoes

Please RSVP via the conference registration form. To check your RSVP response, email nacomeetings@naco.org.

Registration Open

Thu. July 12 | 2:00 pm to 5:00 pmDelta Lobby A, Convention Center, Level 2

Mobile Workshop: Nashville Riverfront Stormwater Walking Tour: Green Blue Features for Healthy Water and the Cumberland River Compact

Separate RSVP required

Thu. July 12 | 2:15 pm to 5:00 pmLucius E. Burch III River Center

Join the Cumberland River Compact (CRC) for a discussion on green infrastructure, water policy, engineering, construction and environmental policy, with an emphasis on best practices for other waterfront counties. Tour the River Center and learn about the history of the CRC, its partnerships and the transformation of the Cumberland River into a popular recreation destination and the cornerstone of Davidson County’s waterfront revitalization.

Optional walking tour of the pedestrian bridge.

Bus departs Delta Portico at 2:15 pm.

Dress: comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses and hat - a portion of this mobile workshop is outside

Please RSVP via the conference registration form. To check your RSVP response, email nacomeetings@naco.org

 

Mobile Workshop: Nashville’s Barnes Fund and Housing Incentive Pilot Program (HIPP)

Separate RSVP required

Thu. July 12 | 2:15 pm to 5:00 pmMultiple Locations

Join the Mayor’s Office of Housing team and developers on an affordable housing tour and discussion on how they have partnered to create and preserve these units within the city’s core and close to employment centers.  Learn more about the city’s Barnes Fund for Affordable Housing and the Housing Incentives Pilot Program, two innovative programs that are successfully changing the way developers are creating affordability throughout the county.

Bus departs Delta Portico at 2:15 pm.

Please RSVP via the conference registration form. To check your RSVP response, email nacomeetings@naco.org.

Mobile Workshop: Oasis Center

Separate RSVP required

Thu. July 12 | 2:30 pm to 5:00 pmOasis Center

Visit the Oasis Center, a nationally-recognized organization serving over 3,000 youth and their families in Davidson County. Oasis Center offers wrap-around services from emergency shelter to practical skills workshops, counseling, career and entrepreneurial skills training and more. Tour Oasis Center's unique facility, co-located with shelter space and other youth services organizations, and learn about Oasis Center's unique programs: College Connect, offering support and guidance for lower-income and first-generation college students; the Mayor's Youth Council, a civic engagement initiative for Davidson County youth; and Oasis Venture, a program designed to help youth learn entrepreneurial skills while creating their own business models. 

Bus departs promptly at 2:30 pm at the Delta Portico. 

This mobile tour is currently full; please contact nacomeetings@naco.org to be placed on a waitlist. 

3 pm

NACHSA - National Association of County Human Services Administrators

Thu. July 12 | 3:00 pm to 5:00 pmCanal D, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M
4 pm

NACo Ambassadors Meeting

Invitation only

Thu. July 12 | 4:00 pm to 5:00 pmCanal C, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Documentary Screening and Discussion: “Heroin(e)”, Sponsored by Healthy Counties Initiative and Smart Justice

Separate RSVP required

Thu. July 12 | 4:00 pm to 6:00 pmBayou C/D, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Please RSVP via the conference registration form. To check your RSVP response, email nacomeetings@naco.org.

Counties across the country are struggling with the recent rise in opioid addiction and opioid-related overdoses and deaths in their communities. During this event, county officials will watch "Heroin(e)," an original Netflix short documentary that directly addresses this issue and shares some of the solutions communities are identifying to meet these challenges. “Heroin(e)” highlights three women - the fire chief, a judge and a faith-based volunteer - working to change a West Virginia town’s narrative and break the devastating cycle of drug abuse, one person at a time. After the documentary screening, participants have the opportunity to engage in a facilitated discussion with individuals involved with the film, followed by light refreshments compliments of Healthy Counties and Smart Justice sponsors.

5 pm

Smarter Counties Summit: Technology Driving Innovation - Reception

Thu. July 12 | 5:30 pm to 7:30 pmGovernor's Ballroom B, Convention Center, Level 2

Join us for food, drinks, fun giveaways and conversation.

Sponsored by U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance.

Fri. July 13
7 am

First-Time Attendees Orientation and Breakfast

Fri. July 13 | 7:30 am to 9:00 amGovernor's Ballroom A/E, Convention Center, Level 2

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

Credentials Desk Open

Fri. July 13 | 7:30 am to 5:00 pmDelta Lobby A, Convention Center, Level 2

Registration Open

Fri. July 13 | 7:30 am to 5:00 pmDelta Lobby A, Convention Center, Level 2
8 am

Policy Chairs Coordinating Committee Meeting #1

Fri. July 13 | 8:00 am to 9:00 amBayou E, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

NACo Resource Center Open

Fri. July 13 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pmDelta Lobby B/C/D, Convention Center, Level 2

Visit the NACo Resource Center to check out the latest services that NACo has to offer – including info from Counties Futures Lab, County Solutions and Innovations, Membership! Come receive a free County Explorer demo, pick up a copy of our latest reports—including Managing Disasters at the County Level: A Focus on Public Health, case studies highlighting counties working to reduce the number of individuals with mental illnesses in jail and Counties Futures Lab reports, or speak with a membership representative about what's new at NACo. You can also pick up your badge ribbons and purchase NACo gear here.

A special feature in the Resource Center this year will be a kiosk where you can look up any date in 50 years of County News history!

9 am

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

Fri. July 13 | 9:00 am to 10:00 amGovernor's Ballroom C, Convention Center, Level 2

Public Lands Policy Steering Committee - Resolutions Meeting

Fri. July 13 | 9:00 am to 10:00 amDelta Ballroom B, Convention Center, Level 2

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Resolutions Meeting

Fri. July 13 | 9:00 am to 10:00 amDelta Ballroom C, Convention Center, Level 2

Environment, Energy and Land Use Policy Steering Committee - Resolutions Meeting

Fri. July 13 | 9:00 am to 11:00 amPresidential Ballroom A, Convention Center, Level 2

The Environment, Energy and Land Use Policy Steering Committee will meet in a working session to discuss proposed NACo policy changes in Waters of the U.S., groundwater regulation, sea level rise, liquid natural gas and more.  

Telecommunications and Technology Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Fri. July 13 | 9:00 am to 11:00 amLincoln A, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M

Human Services and Education Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittees Meetings

Fri. July 13 | 9:00 am to 11:30 amBayou C/D, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee - Morning Meeting

Fri. July 13 | 9:00 am to 11:30 amDelta Ballroom D, Convention Center, Level 2

Health Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittees Meetings

Fri. July 13 | 9:00 am to 11:45 amCanal A/B, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

This session will feature a discussion around the role of nurse home-visiting programs in improving health outcomes for children and mothers and how counties can braid funding streams to support this evidence-based intervention.  Committee members will engage on policy issues facing long-term care and assisted living providers for adults and how counties are innovating to meet the health needs of residents across the life continuum.  

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

Fri. July 13 | 9:30 am to 12:00 pmBayou A/B, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M
10 am

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meeting

Fri. July 13 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmPresidential Ballroom B, Convention Center, Level 2

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

Fri. July 13 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmGovernor's Ballroom C, Convention Center, Level 2

Public Lands Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittees Meetings

Fri. July 13 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmDelta Ballroom B, Convention Center, Level 2

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittees Meetings

Fri. July 13 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmDelta Ballroom C, Convention Center, Level 2

Audit Committee Meeting

Fri. July 13 | 10:30 am to 12:00 pmJackson A/B, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M
12 pm

Finance Committee Meeting

Fri. July 13 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pmJackson A/B, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M

Lunch Roundtable: Improving Health Outcomes By Integrating Housing and Healthcare

Sponsored by UnitedHealthcare

Watch Online

Fri. July 13 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pmPresidential Ballroom C/E, Convention Center, Level 2

Housing plays a critical role in the health and well-being of county residents. For individuals and families with complex care needs and who are experiencing housing instability or homelessness, integrating and aligning housing and healthcare services is critical to their success. This interactive session identifies and explores concrete strategies — including partnerships and policy reforms — for how counties and managed healthcare organizations can work together to improve lives and reduce costs.

NextGen Community Service Project Benefitting Oasis Center

Fri. July 13 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pmRyman Exhibit Hall, Lobby Area, Convention Center, Level 0

Smarter Counties Summit: Technology Driving Innovation, Day 2

(Formerly Tech Town Hall) separate RSVP required

Fri. July 13 | 12:00 pm to 5:00 pmGovernor's Ballroom A/E, Convention Center, Level 2

“Innovation” and “technology.” Two words that may not typically come to mind when considering how counties are serving the underserved. However, when deployed together, innovation – whether it be developing new programs, retooling a system or process – and technology that connects the public with government or agencies with each other play an important part of any county’s efforts to reach out and to better serve vulnerable populations and the economically disadvantaged.

During the Smarter Counties Summit, county leaders will explore the role that technology and innovation is playing to serve the underserved in our nation’s counties.

Presented by NACo and the Public Technology Institute (PTI), Day 2 of the Summit will address:

  • Technology and Innovation to Transform Health
  • Communicating with Vulnerable Populations
  • Sharing Information Across Justice and Human Services Systems to Provide Help for Those in Need

Summit Keynote: Cybersecurity and Elections Infrastructure: Accelerating Progress

County governments, state governments, and the federal government are all making tremendous investments in elections technology – both in terms of the machines we use to vote and in securing our voting infrastructure so that every vote counts. With these investments comes increased scrutiny from the press, the constituents we serve, and from ourselves as elected leaders. Understanding the ever-changing cyber threats – and the safeguards that are in place – are important as various election cycles draw near. 

This session will begin with a keynote speaker who will provide an overview of the elections technology landscape. Then, audience members will break up into smaller groups for a table top exercise: Each group will be given an issue or scenario to address. After a bit of what we hope will be spirited and thoughtful interaction, each table will report to the larger group on their scenario and the key points or take-aways from their group discussion. An expert panel will weigh in with feedback.

This presentation and exercise are non-technical! All attendees are encouraged to participate and share with one another.

Smarter Counties Summit Speakers:

1 pm

Environment, Energy and Land Use Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Fri. July 13 | 1:00 pm to 4:30 pmPresidential Ballroom A, Convention Center, Level 2

The Environment, Energy and Land Use (EELU) Policy Steering Committee holds an interactive "roundtable" discussion to engage members on hot environmental and energy challenges and opportunities in counties.  EELU is responsible for all matters pertaining to air, energy, land use and water.  

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

Fri. July 13 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pmBayou A/B, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Fri. July 13 | 1:30 pm to 3:30 pmPresidential Ballroom B, Convention Center, Level 2

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Fri. July 13 | 1:30 pm to 4:00 pmDelta Ballroom C, Convention Center, Level 2
2 pm

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

Fri. July 13 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pmGovernor's Ballroom C, Convention Center, Level 2

Health Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Fri. July 13 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pmCanal A/B, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

This session focuses on the federal response to the opioid epidemic and resources for counties in formulating a health response to substance use disorders, as well as all policy proposals submitted for the committee's consideration.  

Public Lands Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Fri. July 13 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pmDelta Ballroom B, Convention Center, Level 2

Human Services and Education Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Fri. July 13 | 2:00 pm to 4:30 pmBayou C/D, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee - Afternoon Meeting

Fri. July 13 | 2:00 pm to 4:30 pmDelta Ballroom D, Convention Center, Level 2

This meeting focuses on matters related to emergency management, as well as all policy proposals submitted for the committee's consideration.  

4 pm

Exhibit Hall Reception

Fri. July 13 | 4:00 pm to 6:00 pmRyman Exhibit Hall, Convention Center, Level 0

Meet with representatives from over 150 companies while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and beverages. This is your first chance to explore products and services that can help your county serve residents.

County Talk: GovQuote - How Counties Are Using Data-Driven Online Solutions to Transform Their Procurement Strategies

Fri. July 13 | 4:15 pm to 4:45 pmRyman Exhibit Hall, Convention Center, Level 0

Kostas Dimitriou and Steven Bryan share the challenges facing public purchasing today, and 3 technology initiatives empowering buyers to overcome them.

5 pm

Policy Chairs Coordinating Committee Meeting #2

Fri. July 13 | 5:00 pm to 5:45 pmBayou E, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

County Talk: Public Surplus - Online Auctions For Your Surplus Property Made Easy

Fri. July 13 | 5:15 pm to 5:45 pmRyman Exhibit Hall, Convention Center, Level 0

Public Surplus provides online auctions to help agencies sell their surplus property. Public Surplus has built the most state of the art system that is seamless, productive and efficient to help ensure that agencies are receiving the most value for their surplus property, while also making the process as simple as possible. This speaking session will include showing the auction system, discussing options to make sure your agency is getting the most value of your surplus property and also showing the newest tool to the online auction format in the auction creation process.

6 pm

NACo Opening Reception

Fri. July 13 | 6:00 pm to 8:00 pmDelta Island

Celebrate with Tennessee's counties at the Opening Reception featuring the tastes, sounds and flair from across the state.

Sat. July 14
6 am

Bicycle Ride with ofo

Sat. July 14 | 6:30 am to 7:30 amOffsite | Departs from the Delta Portico

Bicycle Ride with ofo 

All are invited to enjoy a bike ride through some of Nashville’s nicest green spaces. This ride gives participants the opportunity to use technology and equipment — including bicycles and helmets — provided by ofo, the world’s first and largest station-free bike sharing platform. Participants must download the ofo app to participate.

*Shuttle departs from the Delta Portico at 6:30 a.m.

7 am

Credentials Desk Open

Sat. July 14 | 7:30 am to 5:00 pmDelta Lobby A, Convention Center, Level 2

Registration Open

Sat. July 14 | 7:30 am to 5:00 pmDelta Lobby A, Convention Center, Level 2
8 am

Gulf States Counties and Parishes Caucus

Sat. July 14 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amBayou E, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

This session discusses the latest intel with the National Flood Insurance Program reauthorization and next steps for the caucus.

GIS Subcommittee Meeting

Sat. July 14 | 8:00 am to 10:00 amBayou C, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

The GIS Subcommittee will meet to discuss strategic directions for NACo to take on a continuing basis. There will be diffent presentations on:

  • Multi - Modal Communications Minute Man and Software by SP Global Inc.
  • Mapping Software/Spatial Data Analytics - Tracking People and Traffic Patterns by ESRI
  • Using Drones to Assess Water Drainage and Flodding by Horry County

NACE - National Association of County Engineers Executive Committee Meeting

Sat. July 14 | 8:00 am to 2:00 pmCanal C, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

NACo Resource Center Open

Sat. July 14 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pmDelta Lobby B/C/D, Convention Center, Level 2

Legislative Update

Sat. July 14 | 8:30 am to 9:45 amPresidential Ballroom D, Convention Center, Level 2

As the Trump administration continues through year two and the 115th Congress winds down, join the NACo legislative team for a rapid-fire discussion on the top issues facing counties, including the farm bill, entitlement reform, transportation and infrastructure, public lands management and payments, environmental regulations and much more.

Presented by NACo Legislative Team

Healthy Counties Advisory Board Meeting

Sat. July 14 | 8:30 am to 10:00 amBayou A/B, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

The Annie E. Casey Foundation and Hon. Greg Cox, Supervisor, San Diego County, Calif. and NACo First Vice President will join the Healthy Counties Advisory Board for a conversation about Supervisor Cox’s Presidential initiative—Connecting the Unconnected—and why integrating data and systems is important to counties, the Foundation and our sponsors. We’ll also discuss examples of how counties are developing and using integrated data systems and have an open conversation to identify major themes, issues and opportunities. LIght breakfast provided. 

9 am

County Communications Challenges presented by NACIO

Sat. July 14 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pmCanal E, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

County Communication Challenges: Using comprehensive communication planning for better engagement and relationships in your county. Presented by the National Association of County Information Offices (NACIO).

Exhibit Hall Open

Sat. July 14 | 9:00 am to 3:00 pmRyman Exhibit Hall, Convention Center, Level 0

County Talk: Multi-Bank Securities, Inc. - Fixed-Income Investment Strategies, Tools & Technology to Enhance ROI in a Rising Interest Rate Environment

Sat. July 14 | 9:15 am to 9:45 amRyman Exhibit Hall, Convention Center, Level 0

Learn investment strategies that your treasurers and finance directors can utilize during a rising interest rate environment. This session will touch on the benefits of laddering investments over time and highlight web-based tools to help invest the county's funds more efficiently and effectively.

10 am

Large Urban County Caucus

Sat. July 14 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmPresidential Ballroom A, Convention Center, Level 2

NACo's Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC) provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and solutions that help urban counties address their most pressing issues. All conference attendees are welcome; table seating is reserved for LUCC Steering Committee members. 

Rural Action Caucus

Sat. July 14 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmPresidential Ballroom B, Convention Center, Level 2

NACo’s Rural Action Caucus (RAC) examines policies and solutions informed by rural perspectives and experiences.

Crisis Communication Strategies for County Officials

Separate registration & fee required

Sat. July 14 | 10:00 am to 2:00 pmJackson B, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M

This four-hour course dives deep into the art of managing a crisis through strategic communications. Learn how to recognize the challenges posed by traditional and social media, develop a crisis communications plan and understand what processes to follow when you experience a crisis in your county. Requires pre-registration, space is limited. 

County Talk: Weather Trends 360 - Proactive Year-Ahead Weather Forecasting & Applications for Municipalities

Sat. July 14 | 10:15 am to 10:45 amRyman Exhibit Hall, Convention Center, Level 0

Learn how a statistical-24 climate cycle approach to forecasting weather (every 1 mile on earth) is used by over one hundred Fortune 1000 companies and thousands of small businesses and governments in 191 countries to be proactive at making better business decisions. Weather Trends has won 14 technology awards, including 5th Most Promising in America per "Forbes Magazine" so you'll enjoy what CEO Captain Kirk has to say, including a sneak peek at the year ahead outlook.

IT Standing Committee Meeting

Sat. July 14 | 10:15 am to 11:45 amBayou C, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

The Information Technology committee will meet to discuss strategic directions for NACo to take on a continuing basis. The meeting will involve the following presentations:

  • Security & Privacy Essentials for CIOs, County Leaders and Elected Officials
  • Creating a Cyber Security Conference Day for Pennsylvania Counties
  • Maricopa County Slashes Costs for Public Records Search and Litigation Hold

Nominating Committee Meeting

Sat. July 14 | 10:45 am to 11:30 amJackson C, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M
11 am

County Talk: Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP - How to Generate Revenue Without Raising Taxes

Sat. July 14 | 11:15 am to 11:45 amRyman Exhibit Hall, Convention Center, Level 0

The majority of government entities have some level of unpaid receivable sitting on their books as an uncollected asset that could otherwise be utilized for community services and improvements. Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP is one of the foremost law firms dedicated to government collections in the U.S., collecting over $1 billion in assets for clients each year. Attorneys Corey Fickes and Mark Harris will share insights on how to seamlessly set up a collections program and work with County officials and staff to increase collections and county revenue.

12 pm

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

Sat. July 14 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pmRyman Exhibit Hall, Convention Center, Level 0

Lunch Roundtable: Healthier Communities through Innovative Partnerships, Sponsored by Centene

Sat. July 14 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pmPresidential Ballroom C/E, Convention Center, Level 2

Join us for an exciting dialogue with expert panelists and county leaders about innovative ways to impact the social determinants of health in your county. Hear from community leaders of Pawnee County, KS, about a how a local pilot program identified and engaged partners for creative solutions to addressing health, mental health, and justice issues. Through the solutions discussed, learn about how to implement similar programs in your county.

Membership Committee Meeting

Sat. July 14 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pmBayou E, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Resilient Counties Luncheon: Supporting Disaster Preparedness through Emerging Technologies and Integrated Communications Systems

Sat. July 14 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pmGovernor's Ballroom C/D, Convention Center, Level 2

Join us to learn how county leaders are making bold investments in emerging technologies and communications platforms to bolster their governmental, physical, environmental and social resilience - especially during times of crisis. NACo’s First Vice President Supervisor Greg Cox will discuss San Diego County’s success in quickly connecting residents with critical services following catastrophic fires, and NACo will unveil a new “one-stop” toolkit developed in partnership with IBTS to support disaster resilience at the county level.

County Talk: SAP Concur - Gain Visibility of Employee Spend Data and Increase Efficiency, Transparency and Policy Compliance

Sat. July 14 | 12:15 pm to 12:45 pmRyman Exhibit Hall, Convention Center, Level 0

Consider the benefits of capturing employee spend and knowing immediately which expenditures are in-policy and which raise compliance concerns, all while keeping users happy with the tools they use. Take a deep dive into how public sector organizations are modernizing technology and process to achieve a healthy balance in spend management programs for greater efficiency and transparency.

WIR Board of Directors Meeting

Sat. July 14 | 12:30 pm to 3:00 pmGovernor's Ballroom A/B, Convention Center, Level 2
1 pm

NACo LGBTQ Leaders & Allies

Sat. July 14 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pmBayou A/B, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Veterans and Military Services Committee Meeting

Sat. July 14 | 1:00 pm to 3:30 pmGovernor's Ballroom B, Convention Center, Level 2

County Talk: TrueConnect - Predatory Lending: A Winning Strategy to Protect Consumers in Your Community

Sat. July 14 | 1:15 pm to 1:45 pmRyman Exhibit Hall, Convention Center, Level 0

There are more payday and car title loan retail stores in the United States than McDonald's and Starbucks combined, because consumers with no credit or poor credit often struggle to qualify for traditional bank or credit union loans. The New Mexico Association of Counties is taking an innovative approach to solve the problem - at no cost or risk to taxpayers - while saving county employees hundreds of thousands of dollars in loan fees.

Engaging Artists, Building Community: A Meeting of the NACo Arts & Culture Commission

Sat. July 14 | 1:15 pm to 3:15 pmPresidential Ballroom B, Convention Center, Level 2

Art and culture are powerful tools in community planning and neighborhood investment. This  session explores how Metro Arts Nashville and Nashville’s leading artists are supporting creative placemaking strategies, including a “Learning Lab” Artist Training Program and Nashville’s new Public Art Community Investment Plan. Learn how these programs leverage the arts as a community investment tool to transform neighborhoods, develop the county’s creative workforce and ensure equitable access to the arts for all residents. Harford County, Md. NACo Achievement Award winner for the Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation category, will also join us to discuss how its office of drug control policy uses the arts to raise awareness about addiction.

Solutions Session: Addressing Substance Use Disorders in Your County - Treatment

Sat. July 14 | 1:30 pm to 2:45 pmCanal B, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

This session highlights public-private partnerships that counties are using to successfully meet treatment and services needs for a vulnerable population with complex health issues. Counties are a critical part of the national behavioral health system and are charged with connecting paterners, systems and funding to provide treatment and service for individuals with substance use disorders. 

Solutions Session: The Fiscal Case for Criminal Justice Reform

Sat. July 14 | 1:30 pm to 2:45 pmCanal E, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

For many counties, over half of all annual operating expenditures are related to the criminal justice system, and rising costs are one of the most significant challenges for county governments. This workshop features a diverse panel of elected county leaders discussing their criminal justice systems with a focus on the fiscal imperatives that led to and are driving system reforms and discusses ending the use of fines and fees as a source for funding general government or operating the criminal justice system, reducing incarceration through better pre-trial services and incarceration alternatives and understanding the fiscal impact of a county's criminal justice system and its funding streams, operations and partners. 

Solutions Session: Citizen Engagement in the Digital Age

Sat. July 14 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pmCanal D, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

To restore trust and confidence in government, community members need to feel they are active participants in building government and that their participation can influence decisions about issues that affect them. Technological advances make it possible for county governments to engage their citizens in real-time, across demographics, no matter where they live. 

NACo Board Forum

Sat. July 14 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmPresidential Ballroom D, Convention Center, Level 2
2 pm

County Talk - From Traditional to Next-Generation: Meeting IT’s New Mandates

Sat. July 14 | 2:00 pm to 2:30 pmRyman Exhibit Hall, Convention Center, Level 0

As enterprises look at IT playing a broader role around digitalization using next generation workloads including cloud-native applications and DevOps, they should consider how technologies such as software-defined infrastructure and cloud can drive real-world benefits. Learn how IT can move away from traditional environments to transformative datacenter technologies and product innovations including hyperconverged infrastructure to handle all their existing and emerging applications and business needs with clear agility, productivity and availability/security benefits.

NACIO Board of Directors Meeting

Sat. July 14 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pmBayou C, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M
3 pm
4 pm

NACo 2nd Vice President Candidates' Forum

Sat. July 14 | 4:30 pm to 5:00 pmDelta Ballroom, Convention Center, Level 2
5 pm

Alabama Delegates Caucus (invitation only)

Sat. July 14 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmGovernor's Ballroom C/D, Convention Center, Level 2

County Commissioners Association of Ohio Caucus

Sat. July 14 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmBayou D, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Iowa Caucus Meeting (invitation only)

Sat. July 14 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmJackson B, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M

National Workforce Association Board Meeting

Sat. July 14 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmCanal C, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Texas Caucus

Sat. July 14 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmJackson A, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M

Minnesota Delegation Caucus (invitation only)

Sat. July 14 | 5:00 pm to 6:30 pmRyman F, Convention Center, Level 0

PA Counties Caucus

Sat. July 14 | 5:00 pm to 6:30 pmJackson C, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M

Arkansas Delegates Reception

Sat. July 14 | 5:00 pm to 7:00 pmLincoln A, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M

Clark County, Nevada 2019 Reception

Sat. July 14 | 5:00 pm to 7:00 pmPresidential Lobby & Delta Lobby

Join Clark County, Nevada to learn more about this dynamic county, its preliminary plans for NACo's 84th Annual Conference & Exposition in 2019 and that Vegas Means Business!

Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks - no RSVP required! 

Colorado Caucus

Invitation only

Sat. July 14 | 5:00 pm to 7:00 pmGovernor's Ballroom B, Convention Center, Level 2

Florida Delegates Reception

Sat. July 14 | 5:00 pm to 7:00 pmRyman C, Convention Center | Level 0

Kentucky Night Reception

Sat. July 14 | 5:00 pm to 7:00 pmPresidential Ballroom A, Convention Center, Level 2

American Funds/Capital Group Cocktail Reception

Sat. July 14 | 5:15 pm to 6:30 pmLincoln B, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M

"Japan Night" Reception, Hosted by Japan Local Government Center

Sat. July 14 | 5:30 pm to 6:30 pmRyman D, Convention Center, Level 0

Annual NCRCO Business Meeting and Election of Officers

Sat. July 14 | 5:30 pm to 6:30 pmCanal D, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Tennessee Delegation Reception

Sat. July 14 | 5:30 pm to 6:30 pmJackson D, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M

Digital Counties Survey Awards Reception

Invitation only

Sat. July 14 | 5:30 pm to 7:00 pmGovernor's Ballroom A/E, Convention Center, Level 2

North Carolina Caucus

Sat. July 14 | 5:30 pm to 7:00 pmCanal A, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M
7 pm

North Carolina Reception

Sat. July 14 | 7:00 pm to 9:00 pmBayou A/B, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Join conference attendees and the Pink Cadillac Band, one of Nashville’s great show bands!

No RSVP required! 

8 pm

Economic Development Reception

Sat. July 14 | 8:00 pm to 10:00 pmGovernor's Ballroom C/D, Convention Center, Level 2
Sun. July 15
7 am

Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming Associations of Counties Joint Breakfast

Sun. July 15 | 7:30 am to 8:30 amBayou A, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

NACHFa Board of Directors Meeting

Sun. July 15 | 7:30 am to 8:30 amCanal C, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Non-Denominational Worship Service

Sun. July 15 | 7:30 am to 8:30 amCanal E, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Breakfast Roundtable: Beyond Health Care - Improving Population Health and Achieving Health Equity

Sun. July 15 | 7:30 am to 8:45 amPresidential Ballroom C/E, Convention Center, Level 2

Though great strides have been made in the study and understanding of health disparities, significant gaps in health outcomes persist for many groups in the U.S. Join us for a breakfast discussion on health disparities and the practical tools and strategies local leaders can use to foster residents’ health and well-being, guided by two leaders in the field of health equity.

County Surveyor Forum

Sun. July 15 | 7:30 am to 9:00 amBayou B, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

National Association of County Surveyors

Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland Breakfast

Invitation only

Sun. July 15 | 7:30 am to 9:30 amGovernor's Ballroom D, Convention Center, Level 2

Credentials Desk Open – County Pick-Up Only

Sun. July 15 | 7:30 am to 1:00 pmDelta Lobby A, Convention Center, Level 2

Registration Open

Sun. July 15 | 7:30 am to 4:30 pmDelta Lobby A, Convention Center, Level 2
8 am

Credentials Committee Meeting

Sun. July 15 | 8:00 am to 9:00 amBayou C, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Florida Caucus

Invitation only

Sun. July 15 | 8:00 am to 9:00 amBayou D, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Wisconsin Counties Association Breakfast Caucus

Invitation only

Sun. July 15 | 8:00 am to 9:00 amLincoln A, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M

Immigration Reform Task Force Meeting

Sun. July 15 | 8:00 am to 9:30 amBayou E, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

NACo Resource Center Open

Sun. July 15 | 8:00 am to 4:30 pmDelta Lobby B/C/D

NDCO National Democratic County Officials Business Briefing

Sun. July 15 | 8:30 am to 9:15 amCanal D, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M
9 am

Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health Part I: Using Screening and Assessment to Accurately Identify People in Your Jail with Behavioral Health Treatment Needs

Sun. July 15 | 9:00 am to 10:15 amPresidential Ballroom B, Convention Center, Level 2

Counties need to have an effective screening and assessment process to accurately identify justice-involved individuals with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. In addition to using this information to make referrals to treatment and services, having accurate and timely data is critical for developing a strategic action plan that effectively targets resources and for tracking progress on efforts to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in the jail and produce better outcomes. In this workshop, hear from your peers about how they are identifying people with behavioral health treatment needs in the justice system and how they are using this information to make connections to treatment and services in the jail and the community.

Land Use Planning for Large-Scale Solar Development

Sun. July 15 | 9:00 am to 10:15 amGovernor's Ballroom C, Convention Center, Level 2

Solar energy development is expanding nationwide, which requires counties to address how and where it occurs locally. Through best-practice guidance and real-life experiences, this session will demonstrate how county elected officials and planners can successfully balance agricultural preservation with private property rights to best integrate community & utility-scale solar development in their county.  This session will address common community concerns, as well as highlight the impacts and benefits of large-scale solar development from communities across the nation. 

Making the Most of Your NACo Membership

Sun. July 15 | 9:00 am to 10:15 amJackson B, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M

NACo membership provides incredible value to county governments. Join the NACo membership team to learn how your county can utilize all the benefits associated with your membership. Explore the cost saving solutions, programs and tools which can be used to save your county, residents and community time and resources. Newest benefits include pre-disaster service contracts and cybersecurity benefits.

NCCAE Professional Development Session

Sun. July 15 | 9:00 am to 10:15 amPresidential Boardroom A, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M

Solutions Session: Mind the Generational Gap - Effectively Reaching Retirement Plan Participants

Sun. July 15 | 9:00 am to 10:15 amJackson C/D, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M

A generation gap is widening in the workplace. While baby boomers express reluctance about retiring, millennials have become the single largest and commonly most talked about demographic in the American labor force. Recognizing that each of these cohorts have very different needs as they plan for retirement, how can you create a DC plan that works for everyone? This session will include insights on how to meet your participants where they are with the right investment solutions and provide ways to successfully engage with your employees to drive better retirement outcomes.

The Maturity Factor and the Elite Leader Advantage

Sun. July 15 | 9:00 am to 10:15 amCanal A, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Have you lead a team that lacked cohesion and focus? Struggled to create or maintain high performing teams? Join Dr. Larry Liberty for an interactive session on a crucial but often overlooked aspect of high performing teams: the maturity factor.

Exhibit Hall Open

Sun. July 15 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pmRyman Exhibit Hall, Convention Center, Level 0

NACo Board of Directors and Resolutions Committee Meeting

Sun. July 15 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pmPresidential Ballroom D, Convention Center, Level 2

Affordable Housing Forum

Separate RSVP required

Watch Online

Sun. July 15 | 9:00 am to 3:30 pmGovernor's Ballroom A/E, Convention Center Level 2

Please RSVP via the conference registration form. To check your RSVP response, email nacomeetings@naco.org.

This forum brings together counties and stakeholders to discuss cutting-edge solutions and available resources to address the worsening shortage of affordable housing in counties of all sizes. Attendees will examine best practices and participate in “speed networking” with non-profits, foundations and federal partners.

The following organizations are confirmed for the afternoon "speed-networking" session:

  • The Barnes Housing Trust Fund
  • Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)
  • Enterprise Community Partners
  • Housing Assistance Council
  • National Association for County Community and Economic Development (NACCED)
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Low-Income Housing Coalition
  • Mayor’s Office of Housing, Nashville-Davidson County, Tenn.
  • Rural Housing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development

Learn how counties are responding to rising rents and prices, housing shortages and economic realities that are driving affordable housing challenges. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the National Association of Home Builders.

County Talk

Sun. July 15 | 9:15 am to 9:45 amRyman Exhibit Hall, Convention Center, Level 0
10 am

NACA National Association of County Administrators Executive Board Meeting

Sun. July 15 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmCanal C, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

County Talk: PFM - Planning to Win in the Long Run: Best Practices in Multi-Year Financial Projections

Sun. July 15 | 10:15 am to 10:45 amRyman Exhibit Hall, Convention Center, Level 0

Multi-year planning is a critical exercise for local governments, focused on addressing the underlying challenges faced today while moving your community toward a financially healthier tomorrow. An interactive presentation illustrating best practice concepts around this process will be delivered on PFM's dedicated strategic planning platform for local governments: Whitebirch.

Automated Vehicle Employment & Deployment: Lessons Learned from State-County Collaboration

Sun. July 15 | 10:30 am to 11:45 amGovernor's Ballroom C, Convention Center, Level 2

Tennessee and Ohio counties have forged innovative partnerships to attract new jobs and benefit from automated vehicle deployment. Learn about the infrastructure and workforce planning impacts of the TennSmart Consortium of state agencies, universities, automakers and Nashville/Davidson County and an update on Drive Ohio, an effort by government, industry and research partners to advance smart mobility.

Creative Counties: A How-To Discussion on Main Street Redevelopment Projects

Sun. July 15 | 10:30 am to 11:45 amCanal E, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

A community’s main street is often the historical center of the community. In the latter half of the twentieth century, many main streets and their storefronts were abandoned for newer buildings on the outskirts of town. This session will explore strategies counties are using to revitalize main streets and historic commercial districts to build vibrant, walkable neighborhoods and thriving economies – from innovating funding to creative placemaking.

Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health Part II: Identifying and Treating the People with the Highest Needs in Your Justice System

Sun. July 15 | 10:30 am to 11:45 amPresidential Ballroom B, Convention Center, Level 2

Individuals who regularly cycle in and out of jails, emergency departments and other crisis services – who are sometimes called high utilizers or frequent utilizers – often use many county resources but still experience poor outcomes. Many of these individuals have untreated mental illnesses that contribute to homelessness, illicit substance use and involvement in illegal activities. In this workshop, hear from your peers about identifying the most frequent users of your justice, health and human services systems and targeting resources to connect them to appropriate treatment and services to improve outcomes and effectively use resources.

Emerging Strategies in Addressing Poverty: Discussions of Key Issues, Policies, and Platforms Affecting Poverty and Well-Being in Rural America

Sun. July 15 | 10:30 am to 11:45 amBayou A, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Addressing poverty is on the forefront of county leaders’ agendas and platforms nationwide. What are these critical issues and key policies affecting poverty, rural vitality and well-being, and what are counties doing to combat this issue? Join the Annie E. Casey Foundation and county leaders from across the country will share their work and lead attendees in a discussion about answers to these questions.

International Economic Development Task Force Meeting

Sun. July 15 | 10:30 am to 11:45 amPresidential Ballroom A, Convention Center, Level 2

Counties across the nation encourage international economic development in many ways, but not every county leader understands all the tools available to their communities and businesses. The Economic Development Administration, in collaboration with SelectUSA and the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee, funded the "International Engagement Ready Communities" (IERC) initiative to produce a rigorous set of tools that counties can use to develop and execute a plan to attract foreign investment and promote exporting. SRI International, the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) and Stone & Associates conducted the research and are building a toolkit based on the findings. At the IED Task Force meeting this year, Mr. Mark Troppe and Mr. Michael Stone will present the results from their analysis and hold a hands-on, interactive session to train county leaders how to use the IERC toolkit to better engage the global market. This session is hosted by the NACo International Economic Development Task Force and open to all conference attendees.

NCCAE Professional Development Session

Sun. July 15 | 10:30 am to 11:45 amPresidential Boardroom A, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M

U.S. Communities Workshop: Building an Inclusive Community through Meaningful Play

Sun. July 15 | 10:30 am to 11:45 amBayou D, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Join GameTime, Inc., a U.S. Communities Purchasing Alliance supplier, to learn how to build inclusive places for people of all ages and abilities. You'll learn the seven principles of playground design that create inclusive, intergenerational play environments for children, families and communities. 

GameTime provides Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to attendees though PlayCore’s Center for Outreach, Research, and Education, an approved CEU provider of ASLA–Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) and through the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Attendees can earn up to .10 CEUs. 

When Crisis Comes to Town

Sun. July 15 | 10:30 am to 11:45 amJackson C/D, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M

When a county crisis becomes headline news, you need to be prepared. Join NACIO for a workshop on effectively establishing and managing your county’s communications when your county is in the spotlight.

11 am

County Talk: QScend - Leveraging Technology During Disaster Recovery

Sun. July 15 | 11:15 am to 11:45 amRyman Exhibit Hall, Convention Center, Level 0

This session will address how CRM/311 technology has been a key component used in disaster cleanup. Learn how local and county governments embrace non-emergency technology in the midst of worst-case scenarios to track hot spots, prioritize issues, lessen recovery time, and generate usable, quality data to support disaster-recovery reporting.

12 pm

NACo Achievement Awards Luncheon

Sponsored by Aetna

Sun. July 15 | 12:00 pm to 2:00 pmDelta Ballroom, Convention Center, Level 2

NACA National Association of County Administrators Idea Exchange

Sun. July 15 | 12:30 pm to 3:00 pmGovernor's Ballroom D, Convention Center, Level 2
1 pm

NACIRO National Association of Intergovernmental Relations Officers Meeting

Sun. July 15 | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pmGovernor's Ballroom B, Convention Center, Level 2

Defined Contribution and Retirement Advisory Committee Meeting

Sun. July 15 | 1:30 pm to 3:30 pmCanal B, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

FSC Advisory Committee Meeting

Sun. July 15 | 1:30 pm to 3:30 pmCanal C, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M
2 pm

NABCO/NOBCO Meeting

Sun. July 15 | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pmPresidential Ballroom C/E, Convention Center, Level 2

NAHCO Immigration Policy Update and Business Meeting

Sun. July 15 | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pmJackson B, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M

Programs and Services Committee Meeting

Sun. July 15 | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pmBayou D, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Credentials Desk Open – State Association Pick-Up Only

Sun. July 15 | 2:00 pm to 5:00 pmDelta Lobby A, Convention Center, Level 2

Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health Part III: Tracking Connections to Services and Outcomes for Individuals with the Highest Needs in Your Justice System

Sun. July 15 | 2:15 pm to 3:30 pmPresidential Ballroom B, Convention Center, Level 2

Establishing effective connections to important services for justice-involved populations, including linkages to housing, behavioral health treatment, health care and employment assistance, are part of efforts to more effectively use county resources, improve public safety and increase health and well-being. Developing the programs and policies to establish baseline data on key measures and then track and evaluate the performance of these measures are critical steps in developing data-driven systems. In this workshop, learn how counties are demonstrating the value and impact of making the right connections to care and services. 

Economic Gardening: How Counties Can Grow Stronger Local Economies From Within

Sun. July 15 | 2:15 pm to 3:30 pmGovernor's Ballroom C, Convention Center, Level 2

While much attention in local economic development is often put on recruiting outside business and investment, Economic Gardening®  is an emerging economic and workforce development approach that focuses on communities “growing their own” jobs and wealth through fostering entrepreneurship and supporting existing small businesses.  This educational workshop will spotlight this strategy, community examples from across the country, and next steps for implementation in your county. 

NCCAE Business Meeting

Sun. July 15 | 2:15 pm to 3:30 pmPresidential Boardroom A, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M

Using Messaging to Enhance Engagement on Early Childhood Initiatives

Sun. July 15 | 2:15 pm to 3:30 pmPresidential Ballroom D, Convention Center, Level 2

Learn how to mobilize your county by using effective communications strategies, strong messaging techniques and civic engagement to promote an early childhood agenda. County leaders will share examples on developing a local early childhood campaign that engages diverse stakeholders and promotes the importance of investing in children early. Learn how to effectively frame and share your message to mobilize your community and be a catalyst of change for young children.

Essential Practices in Technology Leadership For County Officials: Assessing Your County's Technology Performance

Separate registration & fee required

Sun. July 15 | 2:15 pm to 4:30 pmBayou C, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Presented with the Public Technology Institute

Join NACO and the Public Technology Institute for a deep-dive into technology leadership. This interactive workshop focuses on assessing your county's IT operations and presents a case study and lessons learned, giving you practical strategies to use when gauging your country's technology leadership. 

3 pm

Women of NACo (WON) - Business Meeting

Sun. July 15 | 3:00 pm to 3:30 pmBayou B, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

NACCA National Association of County Civil Attorneys Meeting

Sun. July 15 | 3:00 pm to 4:30 pmBayou E, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Evidence-Based Decision Making for County Leaders

Sun. July 15 | 3:45 pm to 5:00 pmCanal E, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Evidence-based policymaking uses the best available research to expand investments in cost-effective programs by focusing resources on proven programs, which can strengthen accountability of county-funded programs and services, more efficiently use taxpayer resources and ultimately improve outcomes for individuals and communities. This workshop will include an overview of a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts on evidence-based policymaking at the local level and highlight several counties that are using evidence-based decision making in selecting programs and policies.

Nationwide Retirement Session: Women and Retirement

Sun. July 15 | 3:45 pm to 5:00 pmBayou A, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Nationwide's Women and Retirement program advisors work with clients to plan holistically for successful retirements and develop practices that meet women's retirement planning needs. As women's roles evolve in the workplace, in their families and in financial planning, more women are spearheading family decision-making in preparation for retirement, planning and investing. This session provides practical guidance to navigate the uncertainties of retirement, including healthcare challenges, outliving a spouse and caregiving decisions for family members and for oneself. 

Navigating Critical Confrontations and Negotiating the Win-Win

Sun. July 15 | 3:45 pm to 5:00 pmCanal A, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Join Brian Muir, founder of The James Madison Group, for an interactive workshop on a vital skill: navigating crucial, high-stakes conversations and confrontations. From handling sensitive personnel issues to tackling difficult subjects with confidence and control, Brian offers practical tips and strategies to help you in and out of the office.  You’ll also learn a conflict resolution strategy called RESOLVE that will help you find the win/win in your negotiations with others.

North Carolina Association of Black County Officials

Sun. July 15 | 3:45 pm to 5:00 pmCanal D, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Solutions Session: Making Smart Infrastructure Investments to Boost County Resilience

Sun. July 15 | 3:45 pm to 5:00 pmJackson C/D, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M

Learn about emerging wireless and water technologies that can save your county money and boost the resilience of your critical infrastructure. This solution session discusses best practices for making appropriate investments in these new technologies and explore how counties are measuring positive outcomes.

State Association Meeting Planners Meeting

Sun. July 15 | 3:45 pm to 5:00 pmGovernor's Ballroom D, Convention Center, Level 2

The Opioid Crisis: Supporting County Medical Examiners’ and Coroners' Offices

Sun. July 15 | 3:45 pm to 5:00 pmPresidential Ballroom D, Convention Center, Level 2

The opioid epidemic has reached historic proportions with 175 Americans dying from overdose every day—opioid deaths now make up over half of all drug-related deaths in the country. Medical examiners and coroner’s offices, which are responsible for investigating and performing autopsies for drug-related deaths, have experienced a shortage in forensic pathologists leading to a decline in the standard of work of opioid and other drug-related autopsies across the country. In this workshop, speakers will discuss the challenges facing county medical examiners and coroners with the influx of cases due to the opioid epidemic and identify solutions to address the dire shortage of county-based forensic pathologists to meet these challenges.

4 pm

State Association Deputy Directors and Staff Meeting

Sun. July 15 | 4:00 pm to 5:15 pmJackson B, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M

California Caucus

Sun. July 15 | 4:30 pm to 5:30 pmPresidential Ballroom B, Convention Center, Level 2

Next Generation NACo Network Business Meeting

Sun. July 15 | 4:30 pm to 5:30 pmGovernor's Ballroom B, Convention Center, Level 2

Nebraska Association of County Officials Delegate Caucus

Sun. July 15 | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pmCanal C, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M
5 pm

Mississippi Caucus Meeting

Invitation only)

Sun. July 15 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmLincoln A, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M

Missouri Delegation Caucus

Sun. July 15 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmLincoln B, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M

South Carolina Association of Counties Reception (invitation only)

Sun. July 15 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmRyman F, Convention Center, Level 0

Women of NACo (WON) Reception

Sun. July 15 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmBayou B, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Michigan County Caucus Reception

Invitation only

Sun. July 15 | 5:00 pm to 6:30 pmRyman D, Convention Center, Level 0

NACIO Awards of Excellence Reception (invitation only)

Sun. July 15 | 5:00 pm to 7:00 pmFalls Bar & Grill, Cascades Atrium

Alaska, Oregon and Washington Reception

Invitation only

Sun. July 15 | 5:30 pm to 6:30 pmRavello, Conservatory Wine Bar, Garden Conservatory, Gaylord Resort & Conference Center

New Mexico Delegation Caucus

Invitation only

Sun. July 15 | 5:30 pm to 6:30 pmRyman A, Convention Center, Level 0

Arizona Caucus

Invitation only

Sun. July 15 | 5:30 pm to 7:00 pmRyman C, Convention Center, Level 0

A Soulville Farewell to NACo President Roy Brooks

Sun. July 15 | 5:30 pm to 8:00 pmPresidential Lobby, Convention Center, Level 2

A Night in Downtown Nashville

Sun. July 15 | 5:30 pm to 10:30 pmDepart from: Delta Portico

NACo wants to help you experience the heart of Nashville. We'll provide roundtrip transportation for all conference attendees from the Gaylord Opryland to downtown Nashville for you to explore on your own. Buses will pick up from the Delta Portico and drop off on Broadway and will loop back and forth throughout the evening. Bus schedule will be available at the registration desk.

6 pm

Next Generation/CLI Joint Reception

Sun. July 15 | 6:00 pm to 7:00 pmThe George Jones, 128 2nd Avenue N, Nashville, TN

NCRCO Members Reception

Sun. July 15 | 6:00 pm to 7:30 pmWildhorse Saloon, 120 2nd Ave North, Nashville, TN

*Ticketed Event/Separate Fee Required

Arts and Culture Commission Reception

Invitation only

Sun. July 15 | 6:00 pm to 8:00 pmOffsite

NDCO Reception

Sun. July 15 | 6:00 pm to 8:00 pmRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery 111 Broadway, Nashville, TN

NAHCO - National Association of Hispanic County Officials Reception

Sun. July 15 | 6:30 pm to 8:00 pmWoolworth on 5th, Mezzanine Room, 221 5th Avenue N, Nashville, TN
7 pm

LUCC/RAC Reception

Invitation only

Sun. July 15 | 7:00 pm to 9:00 pmOffsite
Mon. July 16
8 am

2020 Census: What Counties Need to Do Now to Prepare

Mon. July 16 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amCanal E, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Census 2020 will determine your number of Congressional representatives, shape legislative districts and drive the distribution of over $675 billion in federal funds. Local leaders are critical to ensuring that everyone is counted. Learn about innovative ideas to ensure county participation, build awareness and the steps you can take now to prepare for a successful Census 2020.

FAQs about Public Pensions: What Elected Officials Should Know

Mon. July 16 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amLincoln A, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M

With recent pension disclosure changes still in implementation, public pensions’ funding status and guiding policies are now more frequently scrutinized by the press and federal lawmakers. County leaders must be equipped to answer the questions about the retirement plans they offer as part of their employees’ compensation. This workshop will provide simple, straightforward explanations to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding public pensions, including: plan governance, fiduciary duties, transparency and accounting, and funding policies. 

Juvenile Justice Reform Discussion

Mon. July 16 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amCanal D, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Join this interactive discussion about critical issues facing local juvenile justice systems, led by Shay Bilchik, Director of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy.  Topical areas will include developing school/justice partnerships and diversion pathways, addressing racial and ethnic disparities, supporting the well-being of LGBTQ youth, working more effectively with youth in custody and improving decision-making in the juvenile justice system.  Mr. Bilchik will also provide information about a developing partnership between CJJR and NACo to offer one of CJJR's Certificate Programs to county officials and will seek input about which topics are of greatest interest and importance to the county officials.

Policy Chairs Coordinating Breakfast

Mon. July 16 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amBayou E, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Solutions Session: Addressing Substance Use Disorders In Your County - Reentry, Recovery and Reducing Recidivism

Mon. July 16 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amJackson C/D, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M

This session explores how connections to treatment, recovery and social services result in positive outcomes for individuals and county systems. Counties play an integral role in securing treatment and support for successful reentry from the justice system and connection with treatment and recovery services for individuals with substance use disorders, many of whom face challenges in securing housing, training, education and employment. 

Solutions Session: The Digital Future of Payments - Expanding Electronic Access for County Residents

Mon. July 16 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amCanal C, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

NACo and NACCTFO (National Association of County Collectors, Treasurers and Finance Officers) discuss how counties are increasingly moving towards digital payment and collection methods. Residents now have the option to use electronic payment methods, rather than cash or checks, to pay taxes and fees for county services. Panelists include representatives from counties that are engaged with the evolution of existing payment infrastructure and a representative from Visa sharing their experiences working with counties and other jurisdictions to utilize Visa services to strengthen revenue collection capacity.

Solutions Session: Using Communications and Marketing Platforms to Foster Community Cohesion

Mon. July 16 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amJackson A/B, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M

Learn about how counties are using messaging and video technologies to stimulate community engagement and sustain economic growth. This solution session focuses on best practices for better connecting with county citizens and potential visitors to your county.

The High Cost of Emotional Labor: Understanding and Countering Workplace Burnout

Mon. July 16 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amCanal B, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

 Employee burnout is a major factor affecting retention, engagement, and morale - and it's especially common in the public sector and among front-line employees. Effective managers recognize the signs of employee disengagement and burnout and how to counter them. Join Brian Muir for a conversation about the surprising, often overlooked role that emotional labor plays in employee burnout, learn strategies for recognizing and countering burnout in your workforce - and understanding it in yourself.  As you reengage yourself and your employees, you not only improve retention and morale, but also productivity!

The Power of Adaptive Leadership

Mon. July 16 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amPresidential Boardroom A, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M

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 their leadership skills or facing leadership challenges. Moderated by Linda Langston, NACo's Director of Strategic Relations.

NACo Resource Center Open

Mon. July 16 | 8:00 am to 2:00 pmDelta Lobby A, Convention Center, Level 2

Registration Open

Mon. July 16 | 8:00 am to 2:00 pmDelta Lobby A, Convention Center, Level 2
9 am

NACo Annual Business Meeting and Election

Mon. July 16 | 9:30 am to 11:30 amDelta Ballroom, Convention Center, Level 2
11 am

Central Region Caucus Meeting

Mon. July 16 | 11:45 am to 12:30 pmBayou D, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

Northeast Region Caucus Meeting

Mon. July 16 | 11:45 am to 12:30 pmBayou B, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

South Region Caucus Meeting

Mon. July 16 | 11:45 am to 12:30 pmBayou C, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M

West Region Caucus Meeting

Mon. July 16 | 11:45 am to 12:30 pmBayou A, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M
1 pm
3 pm

NACo New Board of Directors Organizational Meeting

Mon. July 16 | 3:45 pm to 4:15 pmPresidential Ballroom D, Convention Center, Level 2
6 pm

NACo Closing Celebration Event

Mon. July 16 | 6:00 pm to 9:30 pmOffsite: Grand Ole Opry House

Close out the conference on a high note! NACo is taking over the historic Grand Ole Opry House for an evening of fantastic food, musical entertainment and a behind-the-scenes view of country’s most famous stage. See the venue that’s hosted country music’s biggest legends and holds a unique place in American history while networking with longtime friends and making new ones.

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