2020 NACo Legislative Conference

Conference

2020 NACo Legislative Conference

Register today for the 2020 NACo Legislative Conference. This is a one-of-a-kind advocacy opportunity you will not want to miss.
Fri. February 28
8:00 am

NACCTFO Session: HR - Invitation Only

Fri. February 28 | 8:00 am to 11:00 am

National Association for County Community and Economic Development (NACCED) Board and Committee Meeting

Fri. February 28 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
9:00 am

Tech Summit / CIO Forum

Fri. February 28 | 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

The CIO Forum provides an opportunity for county CIOs and technology officials to learn about the latest technology initiatives, best practices and critical priorities, as well as engage with NACo Premier Corporate members and industry partners The 2020 CIO Forum will focus on cybersecurity and best practices.

4:00 pm

NACo Ambassadors Meeting

Fri. February 28 | 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
5:00 pm

Tech Summit / CIO Forum Reception

Fri. February 28 | 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Registration Open

Fri. February 28 | 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Sat. February 29
7:00 am

First Time Attendees Breakfast

Sat. February 29 | 7:00 am to 8:30 am

By invitation only

Registration Open

Sat. February 29 | 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
8:00 am

Policy Coordinating Committee Meeting #1

Sat. February 29 | 8:00 am to 9:00 am

NACCTFO Session: Legislative Process - Invite Only

Sat. February 29 | 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
9:00 am

Community Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee - Resolution Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 10:00 am

Public Lands Steering Committee - Resolutions Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 10:00 am

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Resolutions Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 10:00 am

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 10:30 am

Environment Energy and Land Use Policy Steering Committee - Resolutions Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Health Policy Steering Committee - Joint Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 11:30 am

The increasing national suicide rate and rural hospital closings have strained local communities and systems of care. Join NACo's Health Steering Committee and subject matter experts from federal agencies and local practicioners to explore policy and programmatic options for suicide prevention on the local level and policy solutions and innovations at the federal and local level to help communities mitigate the challenges of rural hospital closures and ensure that healthcare providers and hospitals can provide continuous, safe and high-quality care to county residents. 

 

Human Services and Education Policy and Steering Committee - Joint Subcommittees Meetings

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 11:30 am

IT Standing Committee Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee - Morning Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
9:30 am

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

Sat. February 29 | 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
10:00 am

Community Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 29 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Public Lands Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 29 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 29 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
10:30 am

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Audit Committee Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
11:00 am

NACCTFO Business Meeting & Luncheon - Invite Only

Sat. February 29 | 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
12:00 pm

Finance Standing Committee Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Lunch Break (On Your Own)

Sat. February 29 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
1:00 pm

NAACTFO Session: America in 2020 and 20 Years from Now - Invite Only

Sat. February 29 | 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
1:30 pm

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

Sat. February 29 | 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee - Afternoon Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Telecommunications and Technology Steering Committee Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
1:45 pm

Environment Energy and Land Use Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 1:45 pm to 4:30 pm
2:00 pm

Public Lands Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Community Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee - Business Meetings

Sat. February 29 | 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Health Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

NACo's Health Policy Steering Committee will be joined by Congressional Committee staffers and health policy experts to discuss upcoming legislation on congressional policy priorities for health. Committee members will discuss and vote on policy resolutions and any proposed emergency resolutions.

Human Services and Education Policy and Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
5:00 pm

Policy Coordinating Committee Meeting #2

Sat. February 29 | 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm

NACHFa (National Association of County Health Facilities) Annual Business Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

PA County Caucus - Invite Only

Sat. February 29 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Colorado Caucus - Invite Only

Sat. February 29 | 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Affiliate and State Association Events

Sat. February 29 | 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
5:30 pm

Resorts, Tourism and Gateway Counties Working Group Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

NCRCO (National Council of Republican County Officials) Business Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Sun. March 01
7:00 am

Affiliate and State Association Events

Sun. March 01 | 7:00 am to 7:45 am

Non-denominational Worship Service

Sun. March 01 | 7:00 am to 8:00 am

Registration Open

Sun. March 01 | 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
8:00 am

Gulf States Counties and Parishes Caucus

Sun. March 01 | 8:00 am to 9:30 am
8:30 am

Healthy Counties Advisory Board Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 8:30 am to 10:00 am
9:30 am

GIS Subcomittee Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 9:30 am to 11:30 am
10:00 am

Large Urban Caucus County (LUCC) Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Rural Action Caucus (RAC) Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
12:00 pm

ISACo Luncheon - Invite Only

Sun. March 01 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Membership Standing Committee Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
1:00 pm

NACIRO (National Association of County Intergovernmental Relations Officers) Business Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Preparing Vulnerable Populations for Disasters: A Meeting of the Resilient Counties Advisory Board

Sun. March 01 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Using the Arts to Heal Trauma: A Meeting of the Arts & Culture Commission

Sun. March 01 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Veterans and Military Services Committee Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Defined Contribution Retirement (DCR) Advisory Committee Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Western Interstate Region (WIR) Board of Directors Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
1:30 pm

Workshop Block #1

Sun. March 01 | 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Coming to a Legislature Near You: State Policy Trends

Sun. March 01 | 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

State governments have a significant impact on the operations of counties, and states across the country are legislating on similar issues state to state. Join us for a discussion of how states are tackling pressing county priorities, such as inmate medical care, responding to the opioid crisis, property tax limitations, housing and rural broadband. This session will also include a look at how federal action could change the landscape for states and counties alike.

Expanding Services for Infant and Toddlers: What Can Counties Do?

Sun. March 01 | 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Early childhood programs have recently received historic increases in federal funding. Counties have been leveraging federal, state and local dollars to help maximize services for young children and their families. Learn what counties can do to make policy, programs and systems change to increase early learning opportunities for young residents. 

 

SEC and GASB 101: The Latest on Federal Financing and Regulations

Sun. March 01 | 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Communicating the health of your county’s finances is an important task and is of interest to a range of stakeholders including taxpayers, public officials and investors. How you communicate your county’s financial data is often driven by two entities – the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Join us for this session to hear about the latest GASB projects and SEC initiatives that may impact local government financial reporting.

Technology Innovation: Getting Your Data in Order

Sun. March 01 | 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

This two-part session explores innovations in managing county data. Integrating Data and Organizations for Improved Client Outcomes focuses on how counties have leveraged data sharing to integrate organizations, improve client outcomes and tackle challenges including homelessness, substance abuse, behavioral health, workforce preparation and reducing recidivism. Data to Information to Impact explores how to derive value from county data resources through best practices in data production and mining.

Programs and Services Committee Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
1:45 pm

State Association Meeting Planners Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 1:45 pm to 3:15 pm
2:00 pm

Immigration Reform Task Force Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

National Association of LGBT Leaders & Allies

Sun. March 01 | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
3:30 pm

NACo Board Forum

Sun. March 01 | 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm
4:00 pm

NACo Next Generation Network Business Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

NACo Next Generation Network Business Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
5:00 pm

Alabama Delegates Caucus and Reception - Invite Only

Sun. March 01 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Mississippi Caucus Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Affiliate and State Association Events

Sun. March 01 | 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
5:45 pm

NACo Next Generation Network / County Leadership Institute / High Performance Leadership Development Academy Reception

Sun. March 01 | 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm
Mon. March 02
7:00 am

Registration Open

Mon. March 02 | 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
7:30 am

Central Region Caucus Meeting

Mon. March 02 | 7:30 am to 8:30 am

Northeast Region Caucus Meeting

Mon. March 02 | 7:30 am to 8:30 am

South Region Caucus Meeting

Mon. March 02 | 7:30 am to 8:30 am

West Region Caucus Meeting

Mon. March 02 | 7:30 am to 8:30 am
8:00 am

Meet and Greet with Federal Agency Representatives

Mon. March 02 | 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
9:00 am

General Session

Mon. March 02 | 9:00 am to 10:30 am
10:45 am

Workshop Block #2

Mon. March 02 | 10:45 am to 11:45 am

County Innovation for Value Added Solutions and Revenue Generation

Mon. March 02 | 10:45 am to 11:45 am

The NACo Financial Services Corporation is working with strategic partners to develop and distribute value added enterprise solutions to counties that result in cost saving initiatives, improved service for constituents and revenue generating opportunities.

Creating a County Network of Support for Aging Americans

Mon. March 02 | 10:45 am to 11:45 am

The 2019 reauthorization of the Older Americans Act made policy improvements to expand and strengthen the network of services supporting our nation’s rapidly growing aging population. In this session, officials and experts at the national and local level offer strategies for counties and county officials to provide comprehensive systems of care that are fully accessible to our aging residents. Panelists will highlight federal and local best practices for implementing the legislation.

Cyber Disaster Recovery: What's the Hype All About

Mon. March 02 | 10:45 am to 11:45 am

While government entities develop plans and processes to cope with physical disasters, they often don’t look at cyberattacks in the same way. While cyber disaster recovery involves all of government, the roles, responsibilities, plans, processes and most importantly, preparation is left to technology staff. Unlike weather-related disasters, cyberattacks are unpredictable in scope, duration and recovery. Learn what you need to know and what your role as an elected official in cyber disaster recovery is.

Federal Policy Lightning Round: Outlook for the 116th Congress

Mon. March 02 | 10:45 am to 11:45 am

Join the NACo government affairs team for a rapid-fire discussion on the top federal policy issues facing counties, including strengthening the intergovernmental relationship, transportation and infrastructure, broadband and 5G development, public lands management and payments, health and justice, disaster and resiliency, community and workforce development, environmental regulations, and much more!

Rural Grants 101: How County Officials Can Tap Into USDA Programs

Mon. March 02 | 10:45 am to 11:45 am

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development subagency serves as a one-stop-shop for counties seeking assistance in addressing the unique challenges facing rural communities. Rural Development oversees a $516 billion portfolio of grant and loan programs solely dedicated to funding and financing rural projects. Rural Development also provides critical technical assistance to ensure solutions are efficient and effective. With so many resources available, it’s often challenging to know where to start looking for help. This session will shed light on the resources available and help counties troubleshoot the process for obtaining critical resources.

International Trade and Local Economies: How Counties Can Compete in the Global Market

Mon. March 02 | 10:45 am to 12:00 pm

In an increasingly connected global economy, international exports and imports play an important role in not just the national economy, but in local economies, too. Counties have a vested interest in ensuring their businesses are competitive in the global market, as well as tools to increase their connectivity. This session will focus on how counties can partner with the federal government, states, cities and other counties to position their home economies to compete internationally. Hosted by the International Economic Development Task Force, this session is open to all conference attendees.

11:00 am

Credentials Committee Meeting

Mon. March 02 | 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
12:00 pm

Attendee Luncheon

Mon. March 02 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 am
1:45 pm

Workshop Block #3

Mon. March 02 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm

Breaking Down the Complexity: Federal-State-Local Strategies to Tackle Homelessness

Mon. March 02 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm

In counties across America, homelessness is a crisis confronting local government. While counties are on the front lines of tackling the driving factors and downstream impacts of homelessness on residents and communities, our state and federal partners play an important role in developing and implementing comprehensive strategies to end homelessness. In this workshop federal and county officials will discuss policy frameworks and best practices for addressing both rural and urban homelessness.

Painful Permitting: How Counties Can Successfully Navigate the Federal Permitting Process

Mon. March 02 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm

The Trump Administration has continued its efforts in 2020 to streamline the often burdensome and duplicative federal permitting process. Through the issuance of the “One Federal Decision” Executive Order, the White House progresses towards its goal of capping reviews for projects at two years, among other streamlining directives. The U.S. Senate also recently sought to include a similar provision in the 2020 highway bill reauthorization. Federal agencies impacted by these efforts range from the Environmental Protection Agency to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Join this workshop to hear from the Executive Director of the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council (FPISC) on how counties can successfully navigate the federal permitting process.

Positioning your County for the Future of Work

Mon. March 02 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm

Counties play a significant role in providing residents with educational and workforce development opportunities leading them to gainful employment. Learn how counties can project and prepare for the impact of automation, technology and broad transitions on counties and local economies and an update on how a WIOA reauthorization will impact counties and can enhance flexibility and opportunities for job readiness for the future.

Protecting the Vote: How to Secure Your County’s Election System

Mon. March 02 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm

This workshop provides an in-depth look at innovative approaches to securing and protecting elections from cyber-attacks. Presenters from Pennsylvania and AT&T will cover new opportunities and other best practices that local government should be incorporating in advance of the 2020 elections.

Speaking Different Languages: Bridging the Generation Communication Gap

Mon. March 02 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm

NACo Board of Directors Meeting

Mon. March 02 | 1:45 pm to 4:30 pm
3:15 pm

Workshop Block #4

Mon. March 02 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

An Elected Official's Financial Guide: Essential Tools for Managing Your County

Mon. March 02 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

Best Practices for County Leadership Readiness and Talent Development

Mon. March 02 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

The business of counties is increasingly complex and the need for ensuring leadership readiness and effective talent development is increasingly demanding within all counties – large and small, alike. But, what does best practice look like? Join Dr. Tim Rahschulte, CEO of the Professional Development Academy and Chief Architect of the NACo High Performance Leadership Academy who will lead a panel discussion among experts sharing best practice solutions.

Counties and the Census: Local Leadership in Reaching Historically Undercounted Populations

Mon. March 02 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

The decennial census, which aims to count every United States resident each decade, is critical to county governments. Census population counts guide the allocation of more than $1.5 trillion dollars of federal funding to state and local governments for health care, economic development, infrastructure, education and other critical local services. Census counts are also increasingly critical to data-driven businesses and research efforts. Local leaders can support an accurate count by identifying which residents are likely to participate and investing in targeted outreach to ensure they do. Hear from federal and local leaders about the challenges when it comes to historically undercounted  populations, and what they are doing to ensure a complete count for the 2020 Census.

EPA Regulations to Watch

Mon. March 02 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works to ensure that Americans have clean air, land and water. To accomplish this mission, when Congress writes an environmental law, EPA implements it by writing regulations.  This workshop will focus on some of the future regulations that will affect local governments.

Rethinking Recycling: County Response to China's Ban on Recycling Imports

Mon. March 02 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

In 2017, China cracked down on what recyclable materials they would accept from the United States, creating a ripple effect as paper, glass and plastic recyclable markets dried up. As a result, counties have begun to assess next steps for recyclables, from the development of educational programs to reduce recyclables contamination, financial incentives around recycling and potential revisions of federal regulations around landfills and waste-to-energy plants. Join this session to learn about the federal, state and local roles in recycling and gather ideas your county might explore to improve its recycling future. 

5:00 pm

Minnesota Delegation Caucus - Invite Only

Mon. March 02 | 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Affiliate and State Association Events

Mon. March 02 | 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Tue. March 03
7:00 am

Affiliate and State Association Events

Tue. March 03 | 7:00 am to 8:45 am

Wisconsin Counties Association/WisPolitics.com Breakfast Caucus - Invite Only

Tue. March 03 | 7:00 am to 8:45 am

Registration Open

Tue. March 03 | 7:00 am to 1:00 pm
8:00 am

Workshop Block #5

Tue. March 03 | 8:00 am to 9:15 am

An Insider's Look at FEMA: What to Do When a Disaster Strikes

Tue. March 03 | 8:00 am to 9:15 am

The FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Program provides aid in the wake of a major disaster to counties to help them in their recovery efforts. For this workshop, we’ll be joined by FEMA officials and subject matter experts to learn about the PA process, what systems counties should have in place ahead of a disaster and how the process has changed with implementation of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018.

Ethics in Public Service and Political Campaigns

Tue. March 03 | 8:00 am to 9:15 am

Money Matters: Generational Approaches to Retirement and Financial Literacy

Tue. March 03 | 8:00 am to 9:15 am

Understanding how financial literacy and approaches retirement planning differs from generation to generation is crucial to supporting a financially healthy workplace. Examine generational trends and how workplaces can help employees become financially literate - and why that matters to retention.

Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Justice Reform

Tue. March 03 | 8:00 am to 9:15 am

While jail incarceration rates are on the decline, African Americans are more than three times as likely to be incarcerated as their white counterparts. As counties across the country work on implementing initiatives to address the overuse of jails, reducing racial and ethnic disparities and meaningfully engaging communities in policy decisions remain barriers. This workshop will explore strategies for county officials to ensure that justice reform initiatives are centered on working towards racial equity and the involvement of community stakeholders in the decision-making process. 

The Cure for an Advocate's Election-Year Hangover

Tue. March 03 | 8:00 am to 9:15 am

Many county leaders wake up the morning after elections to discover that their long-standing champions for the cause have been sent packing, causing a scramble to cultivate new congressional proponents on the Hill. Fortunately, Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) has developed a sure-fire elixir for a county’s election-year hangover. Participants in this workshop will learn about what matter to Congress, how elections can shift power in Congress and five “remedies” that counties can use to establish and strengthen new relationships with their Members of Congress.   

Capitol Hill Visits

Tue. March 03 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
9:00 am

Rural Action Caucus (RAC) Day of Action

Tue. March 03 | 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
9:30 am
12:00 pm

Capitol Hill Attendee Photo Op

Tue. March 03 | 12:00 pm to 12:15 pm

For the first time, NACo is hosting a special meeting to convene counties that have a military installation in or near your jurisdiction. During this summit, you will have the opportunity to interact with federal officials responsible for military installations in and around our communities and explore strategies to improve partnerships on issues facing counties with defense installations.

This session will take place on Tuesday, March 3 at 12:00pm-4:30pm at the Washington Hilton, as part of NACo's 2020 Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. 

 

12:30 pm

Capitol Hill Briefings & Press Conferences

Tue. March 03 | 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm
1:00 pm

Workshop Block #6

Tue. March 03 | 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm

Supreme Court Cases Hold Consequences for Counties

Tue. March 03 | 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm

This term the Supreme Court is tackling a decade’s worth of controversial cases on topics ranging from guns to gay rights to the President’s tax returns. Many of these cases—and a number of more low profile cases on topics ranging from water to impounding vehicles—affect counties. This session will get you ready for June when all the big Supreme Court cases are decided. 

The White House's National Cybersecurity Moonshot: Impacts and Opportunities for Counties

Tue. March 03 | 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm

The White House debuted the National Cybersecurity Moonshot in 2019, outlining a path toward a safe and secure Internet for critical infrastructure by 2028. The Moonshot focuses on leveraging evolutionary changes in key technology sectors and opportunities for coordinated improvements in five parallel pillars. Tom Patterson, one of the principal authors of the report, overviews the coming national changes and highlights the impacts and opportunities for the Commonwealth. This session clarifies changes that are necessary now so that counties can benefit from a more trusted and secure future. 

7:00 pm

NACo President's Reception

Tue. March 03 | 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Wed. March 04
8:00 am

New Mexico Congressional Breakfast - Invite Only

Wed. March 04 | 8:00 am to 9:30 amOFFSITE

NACo Open House & Luggage Storage

Wed. March 04 | 8:00 am to 3:00 pmNACo Office

Capitol Hill & Federal Agency Visits

Organized by counties and state associations of counties

Wed. March 04 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
9:00 am

RAC Day of Action

Wed. March 04 | 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
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