2023 NACo Annual Conference & Exposition


2023 NACo Annual Conference & Exposition

Participants from counties of all sizes come together to shape NACo’s federal policy agenda, share proven practices and strengthen knowledge networks to help improve residents’ lives and the efficiency of county government.
Thu. July 20
8:00 am

FEMA Just-in-Time Recovery Management Training

RSVPs will be capped at 70

Thu. July 20 | 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

As the frequency, severity and cost of natural disasters continues to increase, county officials must be prepared to respond to and recover from these events. To assist in this effort, NACo has partnered with FEMA to provide members with a day-long training. Known as the “Just In Time” program, this training will highlight all the federal resources available to counties following a disaster, information on how to apply for these funding opportunities and an overview of the documentation procedures.

Fri. July 21
9:30 am

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee Meeting

Fri. July 21 | 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Join NACo's Agriculture & Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee to learn about the diverse challenges facing rural America today, as well as key insights and innovations that may provide county leaders with tools to help their rural communities thrive. Committee members will hear from leading thinkers and decisionmakers from across the agriculture sector and rural development space, including natioanlly reknowned policy experts, stakeholders, and federal partners. The committee will also participate in discussions on the 2023 Farm Bill and its impact on counties, and consider resolutions to shape NACo's advocacy on agriculture and rural policy.

Environment, Energy and Land Use Policy Steering Committee

Fri. July 21 | 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Federal partners and national policy experts will join the Environment, Energy and Land Use Policy Steering Committee to discuss committee policy priorities including the implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law; recycling and waste management; the status of the Waters of the U.S. regulation; addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances; and building resilient water infrastructure.

Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee

Fri. July 21 | 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee members will be joined by Congressional and federal agency officials to discuss critical issues, including addressing mental health in the criminal justice system, disaster mitigation and response, and the outlook for the committee's policy priorities in the 118th Congress.

Public Lands Policy Steering Committee

Fri. July 21 | 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Join the Public Lands Policy Steering Committee for discussions with federal land management agencies on implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, species conservation efforts, wildfire mitigation, energy and mineral development and improving recreation-based economies.

Transportation Policy Steering Committee

Fri. July 21 | 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Join the Transportation Policy Steering Committee to learn more about how counties are working together with our intergovernmental partners, as well as one another, to rebuild and modernize our nation's infrastructure. During this meeting, we will hear from subject matter experts who will discuss various aspects of the significant role counties play in transportation and infrastructure. The committee will also vote on policy resolutions during this meeting.

Sat. July 22
8:00 am

Gulf States Counties and Parishes Caucus Meeting

Sat. July 22 | 8:00 am to 10:00 am

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.

8:30 am

Resilient Counties Advisory Board Meeting and Breakfast

Sat. July 22 | 8:30 am to 10:00 am

Join RCAB's members to learn how counties can plan for preventative measures to reduce loss of life and property resulting from severe weather conditions. In addition to plan development to prepare for disasters, presenters will provide specific building code options to prevent structural damage and disaster housing for displaced residents following disasters.

10:00 am

Rural Action Caucus (RAC) Business Meeting

Sat. July 22 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

NACo's Rural Action Caucus will discuss issues important to rural America and to hear from guest speakers who are helping to shape policies important to rural communities.

1:30 pm

Western Interstate Region (WIR) Board of Directors Meeting

Sat. July 22 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

The Western Interstate Region (WIR) is dedicated to the promotion of Western interests within NACo, including public land issues (use and conservation), community stability and economic development, and the promotion of the traditional western way of life. WIR Board Members will discuss county involvement in energy production, balancing resource development needs and public access to federal lands and opportunities to grow rural Western economies.

Sun. July 23
8:45 am

Evaluating Clean Energy Opportunities in Your County

Sun. July 23 | 8:45 am to 10:00 am

Resources from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act are available for clean energy initiatives that reduce emissions, invest in infrastructure and purchase equipment. Panelists will highlight pathways for preparing your county for alternative energy generation, including solar and agrivoltaics, distributed wind, electric vehicle charging networks, and geothermal technology. Panelists will touch on site and permits, installation and workforce, and state preemption as well as partnership and funding opportunities. This workshop will include the Solsmart program’s technical assistance resource for local governments to expand affordable solar energy.

10:30 am

Deploying Resources from the Department of Defense and other Federal Partners for Environmental Stewardship

Sun. July 23 | 10:30 am to 11:45 am

This workshop will bring together officials from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Readiness & Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program and leaders from counties that neighbor military installations to discuss partnerships to advance climate resiliency. Participants will learn about the REPI Program's critical role in strengthening local capacity to build resiliency and discover opportunities to leverage REPI funding to match other federal funds.

2:30 pm

Safeguarding Our Counties: Summit on Disaster Resiliency

Sun. July 23 | 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm

As the frequency, severity and cost of natural disasters increases, this summit will provide attendees with an overview of federal resources available to help bolster community resiliency, including strengthening local energy grids, critical infrastructure and households. This session will also highlight innovative county solutions that have been implemented to safeguard against future disasters.

5:30 pm

Pew Charitable Trust Reception

Sun. July 23 | 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Hosted by The Pew Charitable Trusts, this networking reception will offer opportunities to meet Pew researchers and talk county priorities.

Mon. July 24
3:00 pm

Trends in Federal and State Preemption

Mon. July 24 | 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

County authority and responsibility is granted by state constitutions and statutes, and states are increasingly passing laws that preempt county authorities and limit local policymaking in a range of issues. This session will explore county authority in revenue generation and land use planning, state preemption of county authority to manage, protect and tax local land, and point participants toward solutions that can be tailored for unique local circumstances.

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