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
8:30 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.

12:00 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.

1:00 pm

Smarter Counties Summit: Technology Driving Innovation, Day 1

(Formerly Tech Town Hall) - RSVP required

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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:

2:00 pm

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.

2:15 pm

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.

2:30 pm

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. 

4:00 pm

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.

5:30 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
12:00 pm

Lunch Roundtable: Improving Health Outcomes By Integrating Housing and Healthcare

Sponsored by UnitedHealthcare

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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.

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:

Sat. July 14
8:30 am

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

10:00 am

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. 

1:30 pm

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. 

2:00 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.

Sun. July 15
7:30 am

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.

9:00 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.

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.

Affordable Housing Forum

Separate RSVP required

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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.

10:30 am

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.

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.

2:15 pm

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. 

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. 

3:45 pm

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.

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.

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.

Mon. July 16
8:00 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.

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.

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