2020 NACo Legislative Conference


2020 NACo Legislative Conference

The 2020 NACo Legislative Conference brought together nearly 2,000 elected and appointed county officials to focus on federal policy issues that impact counties and our residents.
Fri. February 28
9:00 am

CIO Forum / Tech Summit

Fri. February 28 | 9:00 am to 4:30 pmLincoln East & West, Concourse Level

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.


Sat. February 29
1:30 pm

Telecommunications and Technology Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 1:30 pm to 4:00 pmGeorgetown West, Concourse Level

Committee members will hear from federal officials and policy experts on the latest telecommunications and technology policy issues. The steering committee will review upcoming legislation and regulations in the 116th Congress related to broadband coverage data, local franchising authority and election cybersecurity. Steering committee members will consider and vote on interim policy resolutions used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

Sun. March 01
1:00 pm

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

Sun. March 01 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pmFairchild East & West, Terrace Level

Join the Resilient Counties Advisory Board for a panel discussion examining county disaster preparedness and resilience with a specific focus on aging and other vulnerable populations.

1:30 pm

Coming to a Legislature Near You: State Policy Trends

Sun. March 01 | 1:30 pm to 2:45 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

State governments have a significant impact on the operations of counties, and states legislating on similar issues. 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 Infants and Toddlers: What Can Counties Do?

Sun. March 01 | 1:30 pm to 2:45 pmColumbia 2, Terrace Level

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. 

Continue the discussion at 3:00PM with a short demo of relevant County Explorer data at the NACo Resource Center.


SEC and GASB 101: An Overview and Update on Government Financial Reporting

Sun. March 01 | 1:30 pm to 2:45 pmHolmead, Lobby Level

Communicating the health of your county’s finances is an important task of interest to 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 pmColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

This two-part session explores innovations in managing county data. Part 1: 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. Part 2: Data to Information to Impact explores how to derive value from county data resources through best practices in data production and mining.



Mon. March 02
10:45 am

County Innovation for Value Added Solutions and Revenue Generation

Mon. March 02 | 10:45 am to 11:45 amGunston East & West, Terrace Level

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.

Cyber Disaster Recovery: What's the Hype All About

Mon. March 02 | 10:45 am to 11:45 amColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

While government entities develop plans to respond to physical disasters, cyberattacks are sometimes viewed differently. Unlike weather-related disasters, cyberattacks do not have forecasting tools and may involve many unknown factors. Learn what you need to know and what your role is as an elected official in cyber disaster recovery.

Federal Policy Lightning Round: Outlook for the 116th Congress

Mon. March 02 | 10:45 am to 11:45 amColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

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!

Leveraging Federal Policy to Strengthen Networks of Support for Aging Americans

Mon. March 02 | 10:45 am to 11:45 amColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

The reauthorization of the Older Americans Act is an opportunity for 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 levels offer strategies for counties 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.

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

Mon. March 02 | 10:45 am to 11:45 amColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development agency 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. They also provide critical technical assistance to ensure solutions are efficient and effective. With so many resources available, it’s often challenging to know where to start! 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 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

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 that 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 our home economies to compete internationally.

Hosted by the International Economic Development Task Force, this session is open to all conference attendees. Continue the discussion at 12:00PM with a short demo of relevant County Explorer data at the NACo Resource Center.

1:45 pm

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

Mon. March 02 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

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, our state and federal partners play an important role in developing and implementing comprehensive strategies to address this crisis. In this workshop federal and county officials will discuss policy frameworks and best practices for reducing rural and urban homelessness.

Bridging the Generation Communication Gaps in the Workplace

Mon. March 02 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

Do you sometimes feel like you’re speaking a different language than your colleagues or struggling to find an effective way to manage a generationally diverse workforce? Join Sherrie Clark, a former NYPD officer turned best-selling author, speaker and communications expert in an engaging and informative session on effectively communicating across generations. 

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

Mon. March 02 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

Federal policymakers have continued efforts in 2020 to streamline the often burdensome and duplicative federal permitting process. 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 pmColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

Counties play a significant role in providing residents with educational and workforce development opportunities. Participate in a conversation on how counties can prepare for the impact of automation, technology and broad transitions on counties and local economies. The session includes an update on how a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act reauthorization will impact counties and can enhance flexibility and opportunities for job readiness for the future.

Continue the discussion at 3:00PM with a short demo of relevant County Explorer data at the NACo Resource Center.

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

Mon. March 02 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

When it comes to securing the vote, states and counties are on the frontlines of fighting cyber-crimes in elections. To better understand both cybersecurity and other challenges that elections face, this workshop will provide an in-depth look at innovative approaches to securing and protecting elections from cyber-attacks. Hear from national and county leaders on about new opportunities and other best practices that counties should incorporate in advance of the 2020 elections.

3:15 pm

Best Practices for County Leadership Readiness and Talent Development

Mon. March 02 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

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 solutions.

Counties and the Census: Reaching Historically Undercounted Populations

Mon. March 02 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

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 of federal funding to state and local governments for health care, economic development, infrastructure, education and other 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 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 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

There are several regulatory proposals pending at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will directly impact counties. During this workshop, attendees will learn about pending air regulations that impact local governments and receive an update on the implementation of the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule. Attendees will also learn more about the EPA's "How's My Waterway?" project to discover what pollutants may be in your local waters.

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

Mon. March 02 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

County recycling programs around the country have taken a hit after China’s crackdown on U.S. recyclable materials. Today, recyclables bring in nearly half of what they did in early 2017, causing U.S. recyclable markets to dissipate. As a result, counties are forced to either invest in resources to reduce contamination of recyclables or limit recycling services. 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.

Tue. March 03
7:45 am

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

Tue. March 03 | 7:45 am to 9:00 amColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

The FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Program provides aid to counties in the wake of major disasters to help in recovery efforts. This workshop explores the PA process, what systems counties should have in place before a disaster and how the process has changed with implementation of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018.

Money Matters: Generational Approaches to Retirement and Financial Literacy

Tue. March 03 | 7:45 am to 9:00 amColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

Understanding how financial literacy and approaches to retirement planning differ 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 | 7:45 am to 9:00 amColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

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 implement 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. 

What Matters to Congress: The Cure for an Advocate's Election-Year Hangover

Tue. March 03 | 7:45 am to 9:00 amColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

Many county leaders wake up the morning after elections to discover that their long-standing champions 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.   

12:00 pm

Summit for Counties with Defense Installations - Pre-registration required

Tue. March 03 | 12:00 pm to 4:30 pmGeorgetown East & West, Concourse level

For the first time, NACo is convening counties that have a military installation in or near their jurisdiction to network with federal officials responsible for these installations. Participants will explore how counties and defense bases can improve partnerships on issues such as environmental protection, land use, economic development and more.


1:00 pm

Supreme Court Cases Hold Consequences for Counties

Tue. March 03 | 1:00 pm to 2:15 pmColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

The Supreme Court is tackling a decade’s worth of controversial cases this term 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 prepare you 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 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

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 counties. This session clarifies changes that are necessary now so that counties can benefit from a more trusted and secure future. 

Wed. March 04
9:00 am

Project ATLAS Demonstration: Improving Health Care Access for Veterans at the Local Level

Wed. March 04 | 9:00 am to 9:45 amNACo Offices

Across the country, over five million veterans served by the Veterans Administration system live in rural areas with long distances to access healthcare. Telehealth has become a vital component in reaching these veterans, with VA telehealth visits increasing by 19% between 2017 and 2018. In 2019, the VA partnered with public and private organizations to launch its new Accessing Telehealth through Local Area Stations (ATLAS) initiative to better address the health needs of rural veterans through virtual health appointments. Join VA representatives during the Rural Action Caucus (RAC) Day of Action for an interactive demonstration of the ATLAS tool and information session for county officials interested in piloting this innovative program in their communities.

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