2021 NACo Fall Board of Directors Meeting and Large Urban County Caucus Symposium

Wed. December 01
1:00 pm

All attendees are welcome to attend the mobile tour. Mobile tours will depart from the main hotel entrance. Arrive 10 minutes prior to tour departure to allow time to board the buses.

CHRIS 180

Supported by DeKalb County and other partners, Atlanta nonprofit CHRIS 180 offers extensive wraparound services to children, youth, young adults and families, including counseling, skill-building, trauma-informed care, foster homes, adoptions, assistance to those suffering or recovering from substance use disorders, and safe homes for those experiencing homelessness. After a brief presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to visit with CHRIS 180 staff and receive a tour of the organization’s DeKalb County community.

NEW BLACK WALL STREET MARKET

With over 100 shops and restaurants, the New Black Wall Street Market is a destination for family fun, entertainment, retail, gourmet grocery shopping and fine dining. As an extension of the Allen Entrepreneurial Institute, the New Black Wall Street Market shares its mission: to increase the size and number of minority and women-owned businesses throughout the United States and globally. This new retail experience fosters operational excellence in areas such as product offerings, systems utilization, presentation and customer service. After a brief presentation in the market’s African Textile Museum, , attendees will have about an hour to shop and visit the entrepreneurs in the facility. 

6:00 pm

Attendees are invited to take a 2-block stroll to the Courthouse. Exit the Courtyard or the Hampton Inn and take a right.

Thu. December 02
7:45 am

Breakfast will be served and county attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their ARPA spending plans with fellow attendees. KPMG – a corporate premier partner of NACo – will have experts in the room, along with NACo staff, to answer your pressing ARPA questions.

8:30 am
9:00 am

Preterm birth and low birth weight are common causes of infant mortality in the  United States. While there is no definitive approach for preventing these causes, counties can play a major role in reducing infant mortality rates through systemic change and local strategies. Mothers’ health, environment and experiences affect how infants develop prenatally through their infancy. Join us for a discussion on strategies urban counties can deploy to improve outcomes for mothers and infants.

10:15 am
10:30 am

In March, American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law, which established the $350 billion Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. The legislation provided $61.5 billion in direct, flexible funding to counties of all sizes. Now that the U.S. Treasury has begun administering the dollars, county leaders are deciding how to best invest these critical dollars responsibly and equitably to ensure the recovery of both our residents, communities and national economy. This session will examine eligible uses of Recovery Funds and steps local leaders can take when developing and implementing plans. Session participants will also have the opportunity to meet in small groups and discuss county investments of Fiscal Recovery Funds.

12:00 pm
2:00 pm

Counties have been considering responses to the social unrest evident throughout 2020 and 2021, as well as the inequities exposed and emphasized by the COVID-19 pandemic. Several counties have established diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) offices, but many others are still exploring the best way to proceed. Hear from counties about the quick wins and the hard truths of DEI efforts, and from experienced leaders on ways to move toward a more diverse, equitable and inclusive governance.

On any given night, more than 580,000 people in America experience homelessness, with millions more on the cusp. The pandemic has only exacerbated the homelessness and housing affordability crisis. Counties invest significantly in housing and community development and play an important role in addressing the needs of people experiencing homelessness. Hear from an expert panel of national and county leaders on key resources and solutions for counties to combat homelessness and housing instability.

3:15 pm
3:30 pm

Over the past year, NACo has helped to achieve numerous county legislative priorities including the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act, which provided $65.1 billion in direct funding for counties of all sizes, as well as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which represents a significant victory for counties, who own and operate 44 percent of public roads and 38 percent of bridges. During the Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC) Business Meeting, LUCC members will hear about these developments as well as a COVID-19 update from our White House and federal partners, as well as NACo staff.

5:30 pm
Fri. December 03
7:45 am

Breakfast will be served and county attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their ARPA spending plans with fellow attendees. Witt O’Brien’s – a corporate premier partner of NACo – will have experts in the room, along with NACo staff, to answer your pressing ARPA questions.

9:00 am

All attendees are welcome to attend the mobile tour. Mobile workshops will depart from the main hotel entrance. Arrive 10 minutes prior to tour departure to allow time to board the buses.

THE METRO ATLANTA URBAN FARM

The Metro Atlanta Urban Farm (MAUF) works to reduce barriers to healthy living by promoting agriculture to eliminate food insecurity and by offering training in sustainable, high-quality, low-cost farming and gardening. This workshop will provide an overview of MAUF’s key initiatives, partnerships and results. While exploring the property, participants will have an opportunity to dive deeper into specific elements of MAUF’s efforts with a wide range of federal, state and local partners. This is an outdoor tour. Please wear comfortable, weather appropriate attire. There will be time to change clothes before lunch. 

12:30 pm
2:00 pm

The NACo Board Meeting is open to all attendees and will include an update from the White House as well as the Roy C. Brooks Generational Poverty Award in addition to general Board business.

6:00 pm
Sat. December 04
8:00 am

Buses will board and leave from the Courtyard main entrance promptly at 8:30 a.m. and travel to Blackhall Studios, where we will tour the facility and hold the Board Retreat.

Situated in DeKalb County, Blackhall Studios offer comprehensive services for a wide variety of film and television productions. The studio complex spans nearly 150 acres and includes nine sound stages and spaces for special effects and storage.

12:00 pm

Buses will depart Blackhall Studios at 12:15 p.m. and bring guests either to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport or back to the Courtyard. If you are going straight to the airport, check out from the hotel prior to departure and bring your luggage on the bus.

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