NACo's 83rd Annual Conference & Exposition


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: Building Cultural Resilience Post-Disaster

Separate RSVP required

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

Sat. July 14
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
10 am

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.

6 pm

Arts and Culture Commission Reception

Invitation only

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