2022 NACo Legislative Conference

Conference

2022 NACo Legislative Conference

The NACo Legislative Conference brings together nearly 2,000 elected and appointed county officials to focus on federal policy issues that impact counties and our residents.
Fri. February 11
8:00 am

IT Advisory Council Meeting

By invitation only

Fri. February 11 | 8:00 am to 11:30 amKalorama, Lobby Level
12:30 pm

Registration Open

Fri. February 11 | 12:30 pm to 6:00 pmColumbia West, Terrace Level
1:00 pm

CIO Forum

Fri. February 11 | 1:00 pm to 8:00 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

Separate registration is required. You can choose to attend the CIO Forum only or add it to your conference registration during the registration process. The cost to attend this program is $100.

4:00 pm
Sat. February 12
6:30 am

Registration Open

Sat. February 12 | 6:30 am to 5:00 pmColumbia West, Terrace Level
7:00 am
8:00 am

Policy Coordinating Meeting #1

Sat. February 12 | 8:00 am to 9:00 amHolmead, Lobby Level
9:00 am

Human Services and Education Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittees Meeting

Sat. February 12 | 9:00 am to 11:30 amColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

The Human Services and Education Policy Steering Committee will be joined by our federal partners to discuss progress and challenges related to the implementation of new child welfare reforms, as well as the Biden Administration’s ongoing priorities for stabilizing the child care sector. National experts will also present outreach and education opportunities for the second phase of the expanded Child Tax Credit. During a moderated group discussion, committee members will share perspectives on utilizing ARPA Recovery Funds to help vulnerable county residents recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittees Meeting

Sat. February 12 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

The Agriculture and Rural Affairs (AgRA) Steering Committee will meet in a working session to allow sponsors of interim policy resolutions to discuss, debate and amend various proposed policy positions. Additionally, AgRA members will hear from guest speakers on issues relevant to the committee.

Public Lands Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittees Meeting

Sat. February 12 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

The Public Lands Steering Committee (PLSC) will be joined by federal officials responsible for implementing the new infrastructure law and ensuring secure payments to public lands counties. The PLSC will also hear about efforts to better coordinate federal and local resources to prevent, combat and recover from wildfire in rural communities and best practices for partnering with federal agencies.

9:30 am

Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs (FPIGA) Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittees Meeting

Sat. February 12 | 9:30 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

The Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs (FPIGA) Steering Committee will meet to hear from guest speakers on issues related to the 2022 midterm elections and election reform legislation, and impacts of COVID-19 on county budget trends. 

Health Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittees Meeting

Sat. February 12 | 9:30 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

The Health Steering Committee will be joined by national and local experts for a discussion on how counties and innovators and implementors can assist with implementing the strategic vision for Medicaid and CHIP. The committee will also take part in a breakout discussion with national and federal public health leaders on strategies for modernizing the U.S. public health system. 

Resources


Speakers

12:00 pm

Lunch Break (on your own)

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

Community, Economic and Workforce Development (CEWD) Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 12 | 12:30 pm to 5:00 pmInternational Ballroom East, Concourse Level

The Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee will hear from federal partners on issues related to workforce development and job creation, reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, homelessness and housing access and affordability. Members will receive an update from Capitol Hill on the general landscape and remaining CEWD priorities for the second session of the 117th Congress. Additionally, members will consider and vote on interim policy resolutions. 

Environment, Energy and Land Use (EELU) Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 12 | 12:30 pm to 5:00 pmJefferson, Concourse Level

The Environment, Energy and Land Use (EELU) Steering Committee will meet to discuss proposed policy resolutions related to the EELU policy platform. Members will hear from sponsors who submitted policy resolutions and have the opportunity to ask questions before they are voted on. Additionally, members will hear from national and local experts on regulations impacting counties, implementing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, coral reef conservation and conserving and managing ecosystems and federal resources.

Justice & Public Safety Policy Steering Committee Meeting - Business Meeting

Sat. February 12 | 12:30 pm to 5:00 pmLincoln, Concourse Level

The Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee will hear from federal partners and subject matter experts on issues relating to addressing mental health and co-occurring disorders in local courts, reathorization of the National Flood Insurance Program and criminal justice reform. Additionally, members will consider and vote on interim policy resolutions. 

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 12 | 12:30 pm to 5:00 pmInternational Ballroom West, Concourse Level

Join the Transportation Policy Steering Committee for discussions with our federal and industry partners to learn more about implementation of the bipartisan infrastructure law and other transportation topics of interest. During this meeting, members of the committee will also consider and vote on interim policy resolutions that will be used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies for the remainder of the 2021– 2022 membership term.

1:15 pm

Health Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 12 | 1:15 pm to 4:00 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level
1:30 pm

Telecommunications and Technology Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 12 | 1:30 pm to 4:15 pmColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

The Telecommunications &  Technology Steering Committee will receive updates on remaining legislative priorities in the 117th Congress, as well as hear from our federal partners on the opportunities ahead for broadband deployment and cybersecurity implementation in 2022 and beyond.

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

Sat. February 12 | 1:30 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

The Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs (FPIGA) Steering Committee will meet to hear from guest speakers on issues related to the recently enacted bipartisan infrastructure law, American Rescue Plan Act’s $65.1 billion Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund and federal legislative outlook for tax policies in 2022. 

Public Lands Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 12 | 1:30 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

The Public Lands Steering Committee (PLSC) will be joined by federal officials implementing energy and resource development regulations on federal lands, the Endangered Species Act and other important environmental laws. In addition, PLSC members will learn from state partners on their priorities for the upcoming Farm Bill and improved forest management practices across boundaries.

2:00 pm

Human Services and Education Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 12 | 2:00 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

The Human Services and Education Steering Committee will receive an update from Capitol Hill on human services priorities for the remainder of the 117th Congress and have the opportunity to develop advocacy strategies for the Legislative Conference Hill Day. Additionally, members will consider and vote on interim policy resolutions used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies. 

3:00 pm

National Association of County Administrators (NACA) Board of Directors Meeting

Sat. February 12 | 3:00 pm to 5:00 pmNorthwest, Lobby Level
5:00 pm

Policy Coordinating Meeting #2

Sat. February 12 | 5:00 pm to 5:45 pmHolmead, Lobby Level

California Caucus

Sat. February 12 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmGeorgetown East, Concourse Level

National Association of County Health Facilities (NACHFA) Annual Meeting

Sat. February 12 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmMorgan, Lobby Level

Meeting of the The National Association of County Health Facilities (NACHFa), which advocates for the improvement of county nursing homes and long-term care policy and practices across the United States.

PA Counties Caucus (By invitation only)

Sat. February 12 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmGunston, Terrace Level

Colorado Caucus Meeting (By invitation only)

By invitation only

Sat. February 12 | 5:00 pm to 7:00 pmCabinet, Concourse Level
5:30 pm

National Conference of Republican County Officials (NCRCO)

Sat. February 12 | 5:30 pm to 7:00 pmJay, Lobby Level
6:00 pm

Happy Hour for Virtual Attendees

Sat. February 12 | 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

NACo President Larry Johnson is pleased to invite all virtual participants to an informal online networking opportunity with friends and colleagues.

California Delegation Reception (By invitation only)

Sat. February 12 | 6:00 pm to 7:30 pmOffsite | The Churchill Hotel

This is event is offsite.

The Churchill Hotel
1914 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
Head to the Kalorama Ballroom

7:00 pm

Illinois State Association of Counties (ISACo) & United Counties Council of Illinois (UCCI) Dinner (By invitation only)

By invitation only

Sat. February 12 | 7:00 pm to 9:00 pmGeorgetown West, Concourse Level
Sun. February 13
7:00 am

Non-Denominational Worship Service

Sun. February 13 | 7:00 am to 8:00 amColumbia 2, Terrace Level

National Conference of Republican County Officials (NCRCO)

Sun. February 13 | 7:00 am to 8:30 amJay, Lobby Level

Come learn about the National Conference of Republican County Officials (no breakfast is served). If you're unable to attend this meeting, you can attend the NCRCO meeting on Saturday, February 12 at 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Registration Open

Sun. February 13 | 7:00 am to 5:00 pmColumbia West, Terrace Level
8:00 am

Donuts and Debts

This session is open to attendees from Arkansas, California, Indiana and Utah

Sun. February 13 | 8:00 am to 9:00 amGeorgetown, Concourse Level

This session is open to attendees from Arkansas, California, Indiana and Utah

Healthy Counties Business Meeting

Sun. February 13 | 8:00 am to 9:30 amColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

The vital role that counties play in creating and sustaining healthy communities has never been more evident. County leaders and public health departments have been at the forefront of combatting the COVID-19 pandemic and creating equitable opportunities for county residents to thrive. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and other state and local fiscal recovery funds are offering a chance for county leaders to invest in the future of their communities’ health in ways that promote equity and positive outcomes. NACo’s Healthy Counties Initiative works to create and sustain healthy communities, supporting collaboration and sharing innovative approaches to pressing health issues. Join your peers for a discussion of county priorities to support healthy, thriving communities.

Gulf States Counties and Parishes Caucus Meeting

Sun. February 13 | 8:00 am to 10:00 amColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

Hear from policy experts on pressing federal issues impacting Gulf Coast counties and parishes. Caucus members will also discuss federal legislative priorities and strategize for future GSCPC events and initiatives. Caucus membership is open to all NACo county and parish government officials from Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida.

9:00 am

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Office Hours with Witt O’Brien’s

Sun. February 13 | 9:00 am to 10:00 amHolmead, Lobby Level

The U.S. Treasury has the Final Rule on the American Rescue Plan Act’s Coronavirus State & Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, which provides $65.1 billion in direct, flexible aid to every county in America, as well as other crucial investments in local communities. During these office hours, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage with policy experts about the Final Rule.

Resorts, Tourism and Gateway Counties Working Group: Resort Workforce Housing Crisis: What’s Happening and the Results

Sun. February 13 | 9:00 am to 10:30 amMorgan, Lobby Level

The  Resorts, Tourism and Gateway Counties Working Group will hear from a panel of county officials and others about what selected counties are doing to address workforce housing needs in resort communities. Examples of housing-related regulatory actions, revenue proposals, developer incentives, and other initiatives will be presented and discussed. Panel includes:

  • Eagle County, Colo. (Vail)
  • Pitkin County, Colo. (Aspen)
  • Summit County, Utah (Park City)
  • Mono County, Calif. (Mammoth)
  • Teton County, Wyo. (Jackson Hole)
  • Nevada County, Calif. (Tahoe/Truckee Area)
9:30 am

GIS Subcommittee Meeting

Sun. February 13 | 9:30 am to 10:45 amColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

The Geographic Information Systems subcommittee is a subcommittee of the Information Technology Standing Committee, with a focus on GIS education, national trends and proposed legislation that might affect GIS. Members are county elected officials, including surveyors and planners, GIS directors and other county GIS leadership. The committee often hears from national organizations such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National States Geographic Information Council, and Esri and is working to include updates from organizations like Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. 

10:00 am

Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC) Meeting

Sun. February 13 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmInternational Ballroom East, Concourse Level

NACo's Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC) is the premier national forum for the exchange of ideas and solutions that help urban counties address their most pressing issues. The LUCC meeting at NACo's 2020 Legislative Conference will feature conversations with federal officials and national leaders on topics including substance use disorder, COVID-19 mitigation and urban mobility. All urban county officials are welcome to attend; table seating is reserved for LUCC Steering Committee members.

Rural Action Caucus (RAC) Meeting

Sun. February 13 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmInternational Ballroom West, Concourse Level

The Rural Action Caucus will convene to discuss issues important to rural America and to hear from guest speakers, including senior federal officials from the U.S Department of Transportation and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

11:00 am

IT Standing Committee Meeting

Sun. February 13 | 11:00 am to 1:30 pmColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level
12:00 pm

Healthy Counties Advisory Board and Arts & Culture Commission Luncheon: Healing through the Arts (By invitation only)

By invitation only

Sun. February 13 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pmGeorgetown, Concourse Level

Counties across the country are working to support residents experiencing behavioral health challenges and trauma, which in many cases have been exacerbated by social isolation and other aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Incorporating the arts into the healing process is a proven tool to support emotional and mental recovery for veterans, people involved in the justice system and other county residents. It reduces anxiety and depression, supports the coping process and often decreases the need for other forms of medical care. Use of the arts in many forms, including visual and performing arts as well as written word, is happening in community-based organizations as well as health care settings around the country. This joint luncheon between the Healthy Counties Advisory Board and the Arts & Culture Commission will highlight key issues and resources related to the arts as a mechanism for healing.

Membership Standing Committee Meeting

Sun. February 13 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pmColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

Defined Contribution Retirement (DCR) Advisory Committee Meeting

Sun. February 13 | 12:00 pm to 1:45 pmTenleytown East, First Floor

Lunch Break (on your own)

Sun. February 13 | 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

National Council of County Association Executives (NCCAE) Business Meeting (By invitation only)

Sun. February 13 | 12:00 pm to 2:00 pmLincoln East, Concourse Level
1:00 pm

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Office Hours with Tidal Basin

Sun. February 13 | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pmHolmead, Lobby Level

The recently enacted bipartisan infrastructure package, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, created many new programs accessible by counties. Over the next five years, the U.S. Department of Transportation alone will award roughly $100 billion to state and local governments through competitive grant programs. Join this workshop to learn more about new funding and financing opportunities and how counties can access available resources. During these office hours, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage with policy experts about the infrastructure package and how to access funds. 

National Association of County Civil Attorneys (NACCA) Business Meeting and Discussion of Legal Guidance for ARPA Programs

Sun. February 13 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pmKalorama, Lobby Level

National Association of County Civil Attorneys (NACCA) meeting and discussion of legal guidance for ARPA programs.

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

Sun. February 13 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pmFairchild, Terrace Level

National Association of County Intergovernmental Relations Officers (NACIRO) business meeting, including updates from federal agency partners, consideration of bylaw changes and election of new President and Officers.

Western Interstate Region (WIR) Board of Directors Meeting

Sun. February 13 | 1:00 pm to 3:15 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

The Western Interstate Region (WIR) Board of Directors will be joined by officials responsible for improving the health of the National Forest System, experts in best practices for wildfire prevention, and administration officials leading infrastructure improvement policy. Partner organizations supporting better land management and wildlife conservation laws will also discuss their latest efforts to advance shared goals.

Veterans and Military Services Committee Meeting

Sun. February 13 | 1:00 pm to 3:30 pmInternational Ballroom East, Concourse Level

The Veterans and Military Services Committee will meet to discuss federal policy priorities and best practices for serving veterans in 2022. Members will receive an update from the Department of Veterans Affairs on pressing issues facing veterans, hear from a panel of federal partners, national experts and peers on strategies to eliminate veteran homelessness and learn about advances in art therapy for veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injuries.

1:15 pm

Immigration Reform Task Force (IRTF) Meeting

Sun. February 13 | 1:15 pm to 3:15 pmInternational Ballroom West, Concourse Level
1:30 pm

International Economic Development (IED) Task Force Meeting

Sun. February 13 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

Two years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, international trade and business still faces many disruptions and challenges. County leaders have the opportunity to help residents and businesses navigate these challenges by fostering international business connections and promoting their region abroad. Furthermore, counties provide the key infrastructure necessary for global trade to reach local economies. In this session, county leaders will connect with embassy and business representatives from top U.S. trading partners to learn about the importance of these nations’ investments, as well as how counties can better connect with businesses from these nations. Hosted by the IED Task Force, this session is open to all conference attendees.

Programs and Services Committee Meeting

Sun. February 13 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

The Programs and Services Committee will engage in an After-Action Report (AAR) style discussion on the county experience during the COVID-19 pandemic to result in a set of recommendations to the NACo board of directors on future NACo programs and services related to pandemic preparedness. Topics will include reflections on county preparedness and utility of the resources provided to counties by NACo and the Federal government. This meeting is open to all conference attendees.

1:45 pm

State Association Meeting Planners Meeting

Sun. February 13 | 1:45 pm to 3:15 pmColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level
2:00 pm

Estate Planning Workshop

Sun. February 13 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pmTenleytown West, First Floor

In this Nationwide sponsored webinar learn about the concepts used in estate planning and wealth transfer, and what you can learn now to prepare. The topics covered include:

  • What is legacy planning?
  • Understanding the process
  • The conversation you can have with your financial professionals
  • The steps to get the estate planning ball rolling

The Power of the Arts: Arts as an Economic Driver

Sun. February 13 | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pmColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

The Arts and Culture Commission will hear from expert speakers and commission members on leveraging the creative arts as an economic driver at the county level. This meeting is hosted by the NACo Arts and Culture Commission and open to all.

3:00 pm

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Office Hours with KPMG

Sun. February 13 | 3:00 pm to 4:00 pmHolmead, Lobby Level

The U.S. Treasury has the Final Rule on the American Rescue Plan Act’s Coronavirus State & Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, which provides $65.1 billion in direct, flexible aid to every county in America, as well as other crucial investments in local communities. During these office hours, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage with policy experts about the Final Rule.

County Administrators Idea Exchange

Sun. February 13 | 3:00 pm to 5:00 pmLincoln East, Concourse Level

State Association Deputy Directors & Staff Meeting

Sun. February 13 | 3:00 pm to 5:45 pmRock Creek, First Floor
3:15 pm

NACo Board of Directors Forum

Sun. February 13 | 3:15 pm to 4:45 pmJefferson & Lincoln West, Concourse Level
5:00 pm

Alabama Delegates Caucus (By invitation only)

By invitation only

Sun. February 13 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmMorgan, Lobby Level

Florida Delegates Reception

Sun. February 13 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmNorthwest, Lobby Level

North Carolina Caucus (By invitation only)

By invitation only

Sun. February 13 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

National Democratic County Official (NDCO) Annual Reception

Sun. February 13 | 5:00 pm to 6:30 pmShaw, First Floor

New York State Delegation Meeting (By invitation only)

By invitation only

Sun. February 13 | 5:00 pm to 6:30 pmColumbia 2, Terrace Level

Next Generation Network / CLI / HPLA & CLA Alumni Reception

Sun. February 13 | 5:00 pm to 6:30 pmGunston, Terrace Level

National Association of County Administrators (NACA) Reception (by invitation only)

Sun. February 13 | 5:00 pm to 7:00 pmGeorgetown, Concourse Level
6:00 pm

North Carolina Reception (By invitation only)

By invitation only

Sun. February 13 | 6:00 pm to 7:00 pmTenleytown, First Floor
6:15 pm

This is an invitation only event. Only guests with a personal invitation will be admitted.

Mon. February 14
7:00 am

Registration Open

Mon. February 14 | 7:00 am to 5:00 pmColumbia West, Terrace Level
7:30 am

Central Region Caucus Meeting

Mon. February 14 | 7:30 am to 8:30 amColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

Northeast Region Caucus Meeting

Mon. February 14 | 7:30 am to 8:30 amColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

South Region Caucus Meeting

Mon. February 14 | 7:30 am to 8:30 amColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

West Region Caucus Meeting

Mon. February 14 | 7:30 am to 8:30 amColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level
8:00 am

Meet and Greet with Federal Agency Representatives

Mon. February 14 | 8:00 am to 12:00 pmConcourse Foyer, Concourse Level

Join us for coffee with representatives from several federal agencies to ask questions and discuss how they can work with your county.

 • U.S. Department of Commerce
 • U.S. Department of Transportation
 • U.S. Department of Agriculture
 • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
 • U.S. Department of Energy
 • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
 • U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
 • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
 • U.S. Department of Education
 • U.S. Economic Development Administration
 • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

9:00 am
10:45 am

Workshop Block #1

Mon. February 14 | 10:45 am to 11:45 am

Accessing Federal Resources for Wildfire and Flood Mitigation

Mon. February 14 | 10:45 am to 11:45 amColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

One in three Americans live in a county that was impacted by a natural disaster in 2021. County officials are often the first responders and on the frontlines of protecting the health and safety of residents during natural disasters. Learn how to access federal resources to protect your county against the impacts of wildfire and floods.

Federal Policy Landscape: Government Affairs Teams Lightening Round Update

Mon. February 14 | 10:45 am to 11:45 amColumbia 6 & 8, 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!

Primer for County Leaders: Implementation of Treasury's Final Rule for the Fiscal Recovery Fund

Mon. February 14 | 10:45 am to 11:45 amColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

On January 6, the U.S. Treasury released the Final Rule for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (Recovery Fund), which allocated $65.1 billion in direct, flexible funding to every county, parish and borough in America. Join NACo staff for a preliminary overview of the Final Rule of the Recovery Fund and eligible uses of these critical dollars. This session will prepare county leaders for NACo's Tuesday session, which will feature federal speakers that are spearheading the implementation of the Recovery Fund at the local level.

Strengthening Anti-Hunger Resources through the 2023 Farm Bill

Mon. February 14 | 10:45 am to 11:45 amColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

With work on the 2023 Farm Bill reauthorization beginning in earnest, Congress and the administration will be negotiating changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides food assistance to millions of low-income county residents and is county-administered in ten states. Join this session for an update from our federal partners on the process and a discussion of key county priorities for strengthening and improving the SNAP program.

Watching WOTUS: How a Change in Definition Impacts Counties

Mon. February 14 | 10:45 am to 11:45 amColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

The administration recently announced the signing of a proposed rule to revise the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). The agencies propose to reinstate the pre-2015 definition of WOTUS, updated to reflect the consideration of Supreme Court decisions. The WOTUS definition directly impacts counties as owners and operators of local infrastructure. Counties may need to apply for a federal permit to maintain or build new infrastructure projects under the rule. Join this discussion with federal officials responsible for implementing WOTUS to understand the potential impacts of a new rule.

11:00 am

Credentials Committee Meeting

Mon. February 14 | 11:00 am to 12:00 pmNorthwest, Lobby Level

U.S. Department of Transportation Office Hours: RAISE Grant Program

Mon. February 14 | 11:00 am to 1:00 pmMorgan, Lobby Level

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $1.5 billion in grant funding through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program. The popular program helps communities around the country carry out projects with significant local or regional impact. Come speak with senior officials from USDOT, as well as grant writing staff, to learn how to navigate new and existing federal transportation resources.

 

12:00 pm

Grab-n-Go Lunch

Mon. February 14 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pmInternational Terrace, Terrace Level

Head over to the International Terrace for a hot, marketplace-style lunch meant to take on the go. From there, you can find a quiet spot, head back to your room, or seek out one of our seven topic rooms where you can enjoy lunch with peers and discuss what's impacting your county. This lunch is open to all conference attendees and is included with your registration fee.

  • Peer Lunch Room #1: American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) | Lincoln East, Concourse Level
  • Peer Lunch Room #2: Broadband | Fairchild, Terrace Level
  • Peer Lunch Room #3: Infrastructure | Georgetown West, Concourse Level
  • Peer Lunch Room #4: Public Health | Gunston, Terrace Level
  • Peer Lunch Room #5: Public Lands | Holmead, Lobby Level
  • Peer Lunch Room #6: Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) & Regulations | Columbia 2, Terrace Level
  • Peer Lunch Room #7: Human Services & Early Childhood Development | Georgetown East, Concourse Level
  • Peer Lunch Area #8: For those that would prefer some fresh air | Heights Courtyard, Lobby Level (weather permitting) 

*Head to the International Terrace first to grab your lunch. Topic rooms will only have seating available and no direct food service. Topic rooms are unmoderated and intended for self-directed, peer-based informal conversation.

National Democratic County Officials (NDCO) Business Luncheon

Mon. February 14 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pmTenleytown, First Floor
12:30 pm

NOBCO/NABCO Countdown to the Economic Development Conference

Mon. February 14 | 12:30 pm to 1:30 pmRock Creek, First Floor
1:30 pm

Workshop Block #2

Mon. February 14 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Implementing Local Infrastructure Investments through the Intergovernmental Partnership

Mon. February 14 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

On November 15, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) into law. This historic bipartisan legislation is extremely significant for counties, which own and operate more roads and bridges than any other level of government and range beyond transportation to public water systems, electric grids and capital construction of schools, hospitals and jails. Counties invest $134 billion annually in the construction of infrastructure and the operation and maintenance of public works. Learn how county officials can work with state and federal partners to successfully implement the bipartisan infrastructure package.

1:45 pm

County-Based Strategies to Advance Housing Access and Affordability

Mon. February 14 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

County residents are struggling with rising housing costs and relatively stagnant wage growth, leaving many families behind. As housing becomes less affordable, homelessness rises, commutes lengthen and economic activity stagnates. Because of the county role in planning and zoning, counties are in a unique position to respond to affordable housing challenges. Hear from county officials who are pursuing innovative approaches to address the housing affordability crisis.

Leveraging Federal Funding to Strengthen Mental Health in Schools

Mon. February 14 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the health, well-being and educational outcomes of children and youth across the country. With the need for youth behavioral health services at an all-time high, county leaders can play a key role in supporting and facilitating programs that promote resilience and trauma-informed education through Social Emotional Learning. This workshop will focus on strategies for county governments to partner with the federal government, Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and other key stakeholders to improve student well-being.

Someone to Call: Reimagining the County Crisis Response System through 988 Implementation

Mon. February 14 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

As key administrators of the local behavioral health safety net, counties leverage crisis response services to meet the immediate mental and behavioral needs of residents. The enactment of the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act created a new pillar in the infrastructure of crisis response to assist people experiencing a mental health or suicidal crisis by directly connecting them with the appropriate services. This panel discussion will explore how the implementation of the National 988 Suicide Hotline will shape the county crisis response infrastructure and how federal legislation can further support its implementation.

Working With the Media: Strategies to Effectively Tell Your County’s Story

Mon. February 14 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

As county leaders, we often find ourselves in the news. While most large counties have dedicated communications teams to handle media relations, many smaller counties have only one person responsible for speaking to the media on top of other duties. In this session you will hear from National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) board members on effective strategies and tactics for working with your local media. After the workshop, they will stay to answer questions. In addition, NACIO members offer professional communication advice and consult throughout the year.

NACo Board of Directors Meeting

Mon. February 14 | 1:45 pm to 4:30 pmJefferson & Lincoln West, Concourse Level
3:15 pm

Workshop Block #3

Mon. February 14 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

Getting The Cash Out Of Cannabis: Understanding The Impacts of Proposed Cannabis Banking Legislation

Mon. February 14 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

To date, 18 states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational usage of cannabis to some extent and 36 states have legalized medicinal usage in some form. Yet the industry remains largely cash-only, leading to many public safety concerns for counties in these states. The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act being considered by Congress would provide access to vital banking services such as checking accounts and loans for cannabis-related legitimate businesses. Hear from Capitol Hill, industry and county experts on the potential impacts of the SAFE Banking Act for counties.

How to Maximize American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds for Cyber and Technology Modernization

Mon. February 14 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

Hear from counties that have successfully identified technology projects relating to cyberdefense and technology infrastructure improvements and how they defined projects and met the requirements of the American Rescue Plan's government services and lost revenue allowance. Examples will include broadband, remote work, third-party access, infrastructure improvements, and incorporating best practices and lessons learned from NACo's Cyberattack Simulation on third party threats.

Trends in State Election Laws and Impact on Local Election Administration

Mon. February 14 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

Last year, 3,676 election bills were introducd across the country. Major enactments addressed absentee/mail voting, ballot drop boxes, voter ID, how elections are run and much more. Although these bills were introduced on the state level, they impact how counties administer elections at the local level. Join national and local experts for a discussion on major trends in state election laws and how they impact local elections.

What’s Next for NEPA: Proposed Reforms from the Biden Administration

Mon. February 14 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

The Biden Administration recently proposed reforms to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental review process that would return much of the review criteria to that established under the original law in 1978. These regulatory changes are significant for counties, who serve as environmental co-regulators with our federal partners. Join this workshop to hear from federal officials responsible for implementing NEPA and county officials and representatives of private industries directly impacted by the regulation to better understand impending changes.

Workforce Development in a Post-COVID World: A Local Approach

Mon. February 14 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

With millions of Americans suddenly unemployed and entire industries becoming obsolete or vastly altered, America’s workforce system will need to play a key role in our nation’s recovery. Counties are intimately involved in the planning, management and implementation of the job training programs within the larger workforce system, designed to prepare individuals for jobs that respond to local and regional economic development policies and business needs. Hear from experts on the importance of locally-driven workforce programs as counties continue to economically recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

5:00 pm

National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) Membership Meeting

Mon. February 14 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmRock Creek, First Floor

North Carolina Association of Black County Officials (NCABCO) Meeting (By invitation only)

Mon. February 14 | 5:00 pm to 6:30 pmGeorgetown West, Concourse Level

Minnesota Caucus (By invitation only)

By invitation only

Mon. February 14 | 5:00 pm to 7:00 pmMorgan, Lobby Level
6:30 pm

This is an invitation only event. Only guests with a personal invitation will be admitted. 

Tue. February 15
7:30 am

Registration Open

Tue. February 15 | 7:30 am to 3:00 pmColumbia West, Terrace Level
8:00 am

Workshop Block #4

Tue. February 15 | 8:00 am to 9:15 am

Demonstrating your County is Better Off: Leveraging ARPA Funds for Data and Evidence

Tue. February 15 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), through the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF), is providing $350 billion for state and local governments to make critical and historical investments in people and infrastructure. As counties develop plans for their ARPA-funded initiatives, leveraging data and evidence will be key to ensuring long-term, equitable outcomes for their residents. Join Results for America and State Recovery Now to learn more about the importance of using and investing in data and evidence with ARPA funds. In this workshop, you will learn current trends and best practices in the use of data and evidence for policymaking, and listen from counties that are leading the field.

How has COVID-19 Changed County Community & Economic Development Planning?

Tue. February 15 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed how county residents learn and work, forcing counties to adapt quickly to new challenges. Community and economic development planning is critical to ensuring county preparedness, resilience and long-term prosperity. Hear from academic and local planning experts on strategies and frameworks for counties to consider during long-term pandemic recovery planning.

Navigating Federal Resources to Improve Rural COVID-19 Response Efforts

Tue. February 15 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

COVID-19 vaccination is one of the tools to reduce the rate of severe illness and death in your county. Learn how you can improve vaccination rates in your community to protect rural residents from COVID-19.

The Latest Funding Opportunities for Broadband Deployment and Infrastructure

Tue. February 15 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

With the passage of the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act, there are various funding opportunities that will lead to much-needed broadband deployment across all unserved and underserved communities. Hear from the Department of Commerce and the Department of Agriculture on the latest funding opportunities for broadband deployment and infrastructure.

9:30 am
11:45 am

Lunch Break

Tue. February 15 | 11:45 am to 12:30 pm
12:00 pm

Capitol Hill & Federal Agency Visits

Free time for members to schedule visits with federal agencies or representatives

Tue. February 15 | 12:00 pm to 5:00 pmOffsite

Advocate for county priorities at the federal level by scheduling appointments on Capitol Hill. Engage policymakers, staff members and leadership, and let them know that federal policies matter to counties, and counties matter to America.

12:30 pm

Tune in with NACo, county leaders and our federal partners for a live virtual discussion on local government priorities including strengthening the intergovernmental partnership, implementation of the historic American Rescue Plan Act’s Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, critical need for full mandatory funding for the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, impacts of the Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy (MIEP) and need to amend its current policies and the county role in addressing intergenerational poverty.

1:00 pm
3:00 pm

Q&A Breakout: Information Sharing with U.S. Treasury Officials on Recovery Fund Final Rule

Tue. February 15 | 3:00 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

Rural Action Caucus (RAC) Farm Bill Advocacy Session

Tue. February 15 | 3:00 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level
5:00 pm

Women of NACo (WON) Leadership Network Reception

Tue. February 15 | 5:00 pm to 6:30 pmHolmead, Lobby Level

Join the Women of NACo (WON) Leadership Network for discussion, networking and fellowship. All are welcome. Please RSVP here.

7:00 pm

NACo President's Reception

Tue. February 15 | 7:00 pm to 9:00 pmInternational Ballroom, Concourse Level

Connect with fellow conference participants at our closing reception and wind down from a busy week with good food, friends and games.

Wed. February 16
8:00 am

Luggage Storage at NACo Headquarters

Wed. February 16 | 8:00 am to 3:00 pmNACo Offices

Need a place to store your luggage while on the Hill or visiting federal agencies? Stop by the lobby of the first-floor conference center at NACo HQ to drop your bags and grab a cup of coffee.

660 North Capitol Street, NW

First Floor Conference Center

Washington, D.C. 20001

Capitol Hill & Federal Agency Visits

Free time for members to schedule visits with federal agencies or representatives

Wed. February 16 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pmOffsite

Advocate for county priorities at the federal level by scheduling appointments on Capitol Hill. Engage policymakers, staff members and leadership, and let them know that federal policies matter to counties, and counties matter to America.

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