NACo's 84th Annual Conference & Exposition

Thu. July 11
12:00 pm

Leadership Symposium

Invitation Only

Thu. July 11 | 12:00 pm to 5:00 pmBronze 2 | Bally's

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

2:00 pm

Mobile Workshop: Fighting Hunger in Clark County: Aria Hotel & Three Square Food Bank (RSVP Required)

Thu. July 11 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pmARIA Resort and Casino & Three Square Food Bank

Learn about MGM Resorts Feeding Forward, an innovative food donations program in partnership with Three Square Food Bank that combats food waste and food insecurity. MGM Resort donates hot, prepared event food, which Three Square freezes using blast-chilling technology, storing it in their warehouse until a community need arises. Hunger relief agencies order the prepared entrees and menu items from Three Square, incorporating them into their ongoing meal planning. MGM has donated approximately 600,000 meals to the Clark County community from six Las Vegas-based MGM Resort properties.

RSVP information to come.

Mobile Workshop: South Point Casino & South Point Arena and Equestrian Center (RSVP Required)

Thu. July 11 | 2:00 pm to 5:00 pmSouth Point Hotel Casino and Spa & South Point Arena and Equestrian Center

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the South Point Hotel Casino. From TV broadcasting at the Brent Musburger Vegas Stats and Information Network television studio to back-of-house operations to the 1,200 horse stall South Point Equestrian Center, home of the American Quarter Horse Association Championships, Arabian Breeders World Cup and National Barrel Horse Association Super Show and find out what keeps Vegas humming.

RSVP information to come.
4:00 pm

"I am Jane Doe" Documentary Screening and Human Trafficking Panel

Thu. July 11 | 4:00 pm to 6:30 pmSkyview 1, Resort Tower-26th Fl. | Bally's

Human trafficking is an issue impacting every community in America. Join NACo for a screening of “I am Jane Doe,” a powerful documentary which led to the passage of federal policy in support of the victims of this crime. The film will be preceded by a panel discussion with national experts from Polaris and Thomson Reuters and county officials who are working to combat human trafficking and exploitation in their communities. This event is sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

Sat. July 13
12:00 pm

Lunch: Healthy Counties: Addressing Youth Substance Abuse

Sat. July 13 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pmSkyview 5 & 6, Resort Tower-26th Fl. | Bally's

Supporting the well-being and development of youth is critical to the future of our counties, states and nation. In a rapidly changing world, counties must be innovative and strategic preventing substance use and abuse among youth populations. Continue the dynamic conversation begun at NACo's 2019 Legislative Conference to explore best practices and emerging strategies counties are employing to engage and educate youth and discuss new approaches that leverage partnerships and resources.

1:45 pm

Convergence of Health and Wealth: Health Savings Accounts

Sat. July 13 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmLas Vegas Ballroom 5, Jubilee Tower-3rd Fl. | Bally's

Join Nationwide and get a deeper look at using Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) as an additional way to save for retirement. HSAs can be a potential retirement savings vehicle and an effective complement to 401(k) or 457(b) to help consumers better plan for health care costs in retirement.

Health is Local: A Fireside Chat with Dr. Garth Graham

Sat. July 13 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmSkyview 1, Resort Tower-26th Fl. | Bally's

Join us for a unique opportunity to uncover the personal stories and ideas of prominent leaders in healthcare. In this Fireside Chat, we will talk about the intertwined, overlapping categories of race, socio-economic status, class, citizenship, and dis(ability) as an analytical framework to approaching health at the local level. We will also hear from counties that are successfully addressing the social determinants of health in their communities. This session is meant to engage participants, promote learning, and encourage inquiry around county health priorities.

Making the Most of Your NACo Membership

Sat. July 13 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmLas Vegas Ballroom 6, Jubilee Tower-3rd Fl. | Bally's

NACo has a lot to offer members! Join Membership Director Kim Hall and learn about the many membership benefits you can take advantage of, including the newly updated County Explorer, distance learning, NACo publications and toolkits.

Substance Use Interventions in the Justice System

Sat. July 13 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmLas Vegas Ballroom 3 & 4, Jubilee Tower-3rd Fl. | Bally's

This workshop focuses on innovative strategies and programs counties are using to meet the needs of justice-involved individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs). County leaders will discuss increasing connections to treatment for individuals with SUDs at different touch points in the justice system, including during interactions with law enforcement, in jail and during community reentry, to improve public safety and use taxpayer resources effectively.

Sun. July 14
9:00 am

13 Ways to Kill Your Community

Sun. July 14 | 9:00 am to 10:15 amJubilee Ballroom 3, Jubilee Tower-2nd Fl. | Bally's

Join Doug Griffiths, author of 13 Ways to Kill Your Community and founder of 13 Ways, an organization dedicated to helping communities grow and thrive, for a revelatory and insightful look at the often universal challenges that limit community success and how to overcome them.

This workshop is part of NACo's Next Generation Network leadership development series. Next Generation Network thanks Capital Group for their generous sponsorship.

Coordinating Health, Human Services and Justice to Improve Outcomes: Lessons from the Field

Sun. July 14 | 9:00 am to 10:15 amJubilee Ballroom 2, Jubilee Tower-2nd Fl. | Bally's

This session brings together counties that are pursuing data-driven processes and collaborative partnerships across justice, health and human services systems to improve the health and well-being of defined target populations. Learn best practices and shared lessons from a cohort of counties that represents both urban and rural regions.

Disaster Management Symposium Part I: Improving Your Leadership Role in Incident Management

Sun. July 14 | 9:00 am to 10:15 amJubilee Ballroom 1, Jubilee Tower-2nd Fl. | Bally's

Join us for a conversation with local elected officials and county leaders who have experience in incident management to learn about best practices during all-hazards incident management.

Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation

Sun. July 14 | 9:00 am to 10:15 amLas Vegas 1 & 2, Jubilee Tower-3rd Fl. | Bally's

The outdoor recreation economy employs millions of Americans and generates billions of dollars annually while creating tax revenue local governments use to provide essential services. Hear from government and private-sector experts on the current state of the outdoor recreation economy, its future outlook and how your county can support a recreation economy.

Making Your Mark with a County Brand

Sun. July 14 | 9:00 am to 10:15 amLas Vegas 3 & 4, Jubilee Tower-3rd Fl. | Bally's

Is your county brand due for a refresh? Join NACo's County News and learn about what makes an effective and impactful county brand and why it matters.

New Revenue on the Horizon

Sun. July 14 | 9:00 am to 10:15 amLas Vegas 5 & 6, Jubilee Tower-3rd Fl. | Bally's

This workshop will give counties ideas, tools and training for generating new revenue. The first part of the workshop will focus on a new NACo program built in partnership with state associations of counties to intercept tax refunds of individuals who have not paid debts owed to county governments. The second part of the workshop will provide training on additional strategies for revenue enhancement through various case studies.

Sesame Street in Communities: Supporting Children and Families

Sun. July 14 | 9:00 am to 10:15 amBronze 2 | Bally's
Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC) builds on an almost 50-year commitment to supporting children’s developmental, physical and emotional needs. Learn how SSIC is partnering with counties to leverage the power of its trusted brand, friendly characters, and research-based educational resources to improve outcomes for children and their families. This workshop will also highlight how to access free online tools and resources provided by SSIC. Attendees will also hear how Transylvania County, N.C., a Sesame Street Community, is supporting young children through SSIC and the county’s early childhood agenda.
10:30 am

Data-Driven Diversion Strategies for People Experiencing Behavioral Health Crises

Sun. July 14 | 10:30 am to 11:45 amJubilee Ballroom 2, Jubilee Tower-2nd Fl. | Bally's

Learn how county leaders use data to develop alternatives to arrest for people in acute crisis due to mental illness or substance use disorders and how innovative partnerships and funding support county efforts to create robust systems of care, provide options to family members and law enforcement and address county hospital and jail overcrowding.

Disaster Management Symposium Part II: Interactive Roundtable

Sun. July 14 | 10:30 am to 11:45 amJubilee Ballroom 1, Jubilee Tower-2nd Fl. | Bally's

Following part one, join us for an interactive roundtable exercise led by subject matter experts and delve deeper into the role of senior elected leadership in disaster management.

Financial Transparency and Openness in Government

Sun. July 14 | 10:30 am to 11:45 amLas Vegas 1 & 2, Jubilee Tower-3rd Fl. | Bally's

Join NACo and the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for a workshop on performance management and fiscal strategic planning with a focus on debt disclosures, pension benefits and future planning.

Fueling Economic Opportunity with Community Solar Energy

Sun. July 14 | 10:30 am to 11:45 amLas Vegas 3 & 4, Jubilee Tower-3rd Fl. | Bally's

Although millions of Americans are choosing to power their lives using renewable resources, many households and businesses face physical or financial barriers to benefiting from solar energy. Community solar projects offer the opportunity to build stronger, more resilient electric grids while expanding energy access and reducing energy burdens for low-to-moderate income residents. Learn best practices for installing and using community solar projects through development case examples.

National Toward Zero Deaths Strategy: Road Map to Implementation Works

Sun. July 14 | 10:30 am to 11:45 amJubilee Ballroom 3, Jubilee Tower-2nd Fl. | Bally's

One person dies every 16 minutes in a traffic crash in the United States. Over the course of a lifetime, nearly every U.S. resident is touched by consequences of traffic crashes. Toward Zero Deaths is the United States’ highway safety vision. It is the only acceptable target for our nation, our families and us as individuals. Zero is not an impossible goal, but it will take all of us to get there.

Led by the TZD Steering Committee, the National Strategy on Highway Safety provides a platform of consistency for state agencies, local governments, private industry, national organizations and others to develop safety plans that prioritize traffic safety culture and promote the national TZD vision. Join this workshop where participants will learn the major goals of the initiative, learn how to use tools to institutionalize the national strategy, understand where their counties fall on a continuum of program development, and learn strategies to engage with nontraditional partners.

2:00 pm

Mobile Workshop: Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada

Sun. July 14 | 2:00 pm to 5:00 pmRegional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC)

Tour the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada and get an inside look into a state-of-the-art traffic management center, plus demonstrations of innovative autonomous vehicle technologies that are being tested in Southern Nevada.

Mobile Workshop: Southern Nevada Children’s Assessment Center

Sun. July 14 | 2:00 pm to 5:00 pmSouthern Nevada Children's Assessment Center (SNCAC)

Tour the Southern Nevada Children’s Advocacy Center and learn about multidisciplinary team responses to child abuse investigation and victim advocacy. Discover how they have used a multidisciplinary model to better respond to and address the needs of child victims of sex trafficking in Clark County and their families.

Mobile Workshop: Springs Preserve, Boomtown 1905 and WaterWorks Exhibits

Sun. July 14 | 2:00 pm to 5:00 pmSprings Preserve, Waterworks & Boomtown 1905

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Springs Preserve commemorates Las Vegas’ dynamic history and provides a vision for a sustainable future. Owned by the Las Vegas Valley Water District, the Springs Preserve sits at the site of the valley’s original water infrastructure. Developed through an inclusive community process, Springs Preserve features museums, gardens, exhibits and natural areas for guests to learn about building a more sustainable future. WaterWorks showcases the inner workings of water resource treatment and delivery in Southern Nevada. Take an optional stroll through Boomtown 1905, a recreation of a historical streetscape of Las Vegas from 1905 to 1920.

2:15 pm

Workshop Block #4

Sun. July 14 | 2:15 pm to 3:30 pm

Formerly known as the CIO Forum and Smarter Counties, this combined event will address the needs of CIOs as well as elected officials.  Attendees can expect to hear from subject matter experts who will explore important technology industry trends that have implications on county government operations and services.  Participants will learn about the evolving capabilities of 5G technology and explore how counties are using technology to work smarter, improve outcomes and save money. 

Immigrant Integration Efforts at the Local Level

Sun. July 14 | 2:15 pm to 3:30 pmLas Vegas 3 & 4, Jubilee Tower-3rd Fl. | Bally's

While it is the federal government’s responsibility to set immigration policy and determine an individual’s immigration status, counties are best positioned to integrate immigrant populations while serving our broader communities. Counties have a key role in implementing innovative policies and programs that ensure immigrants are integrated into new communities in a manner that benefits the local economy and culture. Hear from national and local leaders about the challenges and benefits of integrating new populations, and what this looks like at the county level.

Solutions Session: And Justice for All: Leveraging Technology to Break Down Barriers in the Justice System

Sun. July 14 | 2:15 pm to 3:30 pmLas Vegas 5 & 6, Jubilee Tower-3rd Fl. | Bally's

Counties across America are seeking to break down barriers to justice while simultaneously increasing court efficiencies. Barriers to accessing justice differ from individual to individual. For some, a barrier may be the inability to pay, while for others, a barrier could be the distance to the court combined with unreliable transportation. While technology cannot help the public overcome every challenge faced within the court system, Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) can be a significant step towards closing the gap between the privileged and the underserved in the eyes of the law. Learn how the Family Mediation Center in Clark County, Nevada, leveraged this technology to help residents avoid having to miss work to attend hearings during court hours, resulting in 100% of the cases reaching a resolution outside of the court’s normal operating hours.

Architects of Health & Housing: County Strategies for Promoting Affordable, Safe and Healthy Homes

Sun. July 14 | 2:15 pm to 5:00 pmJubilee Ballroom 2, Jubilee Tower-2nd Fl. | Bally's

Every county resident needs a place to call home, but in 2019, not all homes are healthy and affordable. Many county residents are forced to choose between affordability and health, but the two shouldn't be mutually exclusive. Join NACo and other thought leaders for an interactive session on how you can stand at the intersection of healthy AND affordable housing in your county, whether urban, suburban, exurban or rural.

3:45 pm

Jail Inmate Task Force Listening Session

Sun. July 14 | 3:45 pm to 5:00 pmVersailles 1 & 2 | Paris

County jails have become the largest behavioral health facilities in the nation due to the over-incarceration of individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders. The Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy (MIEP) strips federal health and veterans’ benefits from individuals upon admission to jail – not upon conviction to conviction – leading to increased recidivism. Join a listening session about NACo and the National Sheriffs' Association new Jail Inmate Task Force, focusing on passing legislation to ease or undo the MIEP and reinstate federal health care benefits for non-convicted, justice-involved individuals. Download NACo’s “Federal Policy Impacts on County Jail Inmate Healthcare & Recidivism” publication here.

Solutions Session: Crisis Intervention: Assess, Decide, Act

Sun. July 14 | 3:45 pm to 5:00 pmLas Vegas 5 & 6, Jubilee Tower-3rd Fl. | Bally's

This workshop will include crisis intervention training, providing every attendee with tangible, evidence-based tools to help prevent, identify and deescalate a crisis. Attendees will learn how to recognize common signs of behavioral escalation in others and how to intervene at the lowest level, how to conduct a workplace behavioral risk assessment and implement a plan of action to mitigate environmental risk and how our own triggers shape our worldview and impact our daily interactions.  The panel will discuss Mental Health First Aid which will equip attendees with the resource to identify someone experiencing mental health challenges or substance use disorder.


Mon. July 15
8:00 am

2020 Census: Making It Count

Mon. July 15 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amChampagne Ballroom 2 | Paris

The 2020 Census rollout is less than a year away. Learn about timelines, public engagement strategies, the digital submission process, hiring enumerators and the impact that undercount could have on your county in a panel discussion with advocates, county leaders and more. Special thanks to Civis Analytics for sponsoring this session.

Demystifying Health Equity: County Approaches and Strategies

Mon. July 15 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amVersailles Ballroom 3 & 4 | Paris
What does health equity look like in practice? What does equitable health mean at the local level and how are counties expected to pursue equity in their respective communities? Join an interactive panel discussion featuring county officials, and equity thought leaders and as we explore strategies and resources to support counties in operationalizing health equity in policy and practice.

Legislative Lightning Round: Federal Policy Outlook

Mon. July 15 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amLas Vegas Ballroom 3 & 4, Jubilee Tower-3rd Fl. | Bally's

Join the NACo government affairs 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.

Reducing Criminal Justice Fines & Fees: Can Counties Afford it?

Mon. July 15 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amLas Vegas Ballroom 1 & 2, Jubilee Tower-3rd Fl. | Bally's

As jurisdictions have seen revenue from taxes and grants shrink, many have turned to administrative fees as a way to help fund the criminal justice system. Today, it is common for defendants to pay fees for: being booked in jail, making phone calls inside the jail, diversion, indigent defense, posting a bond, being sentenced to probation, and restoring driver licenses, among other actions. Judges can also order convicted individuals to pay a fine for each guilty charge, often in lieu of jail time. However, data shows that the criminal justice system disproportionately impacts the poor, and the responsibility of paying fines and fees can lead to devastating effects for these individuals, significant costs to county government to attempt to collect less than 100 percent of levied fees and fines, and unintended consequences within other areas government. National experts and county leaders will discuss their experiences and work to better align policy goals while balancing revenue impacts and upholding public safety.

Solutions Session

Mon. July 15 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amLas Vegas Ballroom 5, Jubilee Tower-3rd Fl. | Bally's

Telling Your County's Story When the Media Won't

Mon. July 15 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amChampagne Ballroom 1 | Paris

Join NACIO and learn how to effectively communicate your county's message with easy-to-use and low-cost tools.

Understanding Generational Ethics: A Leadership Ethics Study

Mon. July 15 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amLas Vegas Ballroom 6, Jubilee Tower-3rd Fl. | Bally's

 County workforces and leaders are becoming more generationally diverse. Learn how understanding generational ethics - values that drive viewpoints and decisions - can help you create and sustain a more engaged workforce and lead more effectively. 

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