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
2 pm

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

Separate RSVP required

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

Fri. July 13
9 am

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

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

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

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

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

Fri. July 13 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Governor's Ballroom C, Convention Center, Level 2
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Sat. July 14
6 am

Bicycle Ride with ofo

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

1 pm

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

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

Sun. July 15
9 am

Affordable Housing Forum

Separate RSVP required

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

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

Sun. July 15 | 10:30 am to 11:45 am
Governor's Ballroom C, Convention Center, Level 2
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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 am
Canal E, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M
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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.

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 am
Bayou A, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M
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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.

2 pm

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

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