2023 NACo Legislative Conference


2023 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 10
9:00 am

CIO Technology Speed Sharing

Fri. February 10 | 9:00 am to 10:00 amColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

This session is open to county IT leaders and will provide networking and discussion opportunities on current technology trends, priorities and challenges.

10:30 am

CIO Forum: RISE to the Future

Separate registration required

Fri. February 10 | 10:30 am to 5:00 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

This all-day event will feature dialogues on data sharing, infrastructure transformation, and digital equity and inclusion. Attendees will also explore content from policy steering committees on elections, data privacy, workforce development and cybersecurity.

5:30 pm

CIO Forum Reception

Separate registration required

Fri. February 10 | 5:30 pm to 7:00 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level
Sun. February 12
2:00 pm

2023 Farm Bill: Overview, Updates, and Forecasts

Sun. February 12 | 2:00 pm to 3:15 pmColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

With the current law set to expire on September 30, 2023, congressional negotiations are underway for the reauthorization of the Farm Bill. This crucial legislative package establishes federal policy and programs across many issue areas, including agriculture, conservation, nutrition, and rural development. Key federal partners, policy experts and critical stakeholders will join workshop attendees for a survey of the current state of Farm Bill negotiations.

Capitol Hill Day Boot Camp: Negotiation and Advocacy Across Levels of Government

Sun. February 12 | 2:00 pm to 3:15 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

Join this workshop to prepare for Tuesday's advocacy opportunities on Capitol Hill. Speakers at this session will discuss how to engage with lawmakers and staff, craft a winning argument, and seek progress and compromise with other levels of government. In addition to advocating for county priorities in Washington, these tools will help attendees navigate policy negotiations with state houses and within communities.

Investments and Opportunities! Implementing the Energy and Climate Provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act at the County Level

Sun. February 12 | 2:00 pm to 3:15 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

Join this workshop to hear from federal partners, national policy experts and local leaders on the opportunities for counties in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The workshop will explore the clean energy tax incentives offered by the IRA and how local officials can work to attract investment to their counties and make their own investments by using the new direct pay election established by the law. Attendees will also learn about the many traditional grant programs in the IRA at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Visiting the Ballot (Mail)Box: Managing Mail-in Ballots

Sun. February 12 | 2:00 pm to 3:15 pmColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

The administration in elections in the United States has dramatically changed in the past two years, as "Election Day" has turned into "Election Season" due to the increased use of in-person early voting and access to vote-by-mail. During this workshop, panelists will examine the impacts mail-in ballots have had on the administration of elections and the county role therein. Additionally, panelists will discuss policy considerations to address emerging issues such as federal election funding and the elections workforce.

3:30 pm

Closing the Loop: Compliance and Reporting for ARPA and LATCF

Sun. February 12 | 3:30 pm to 4:45 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) made an historic investment in county governments through the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, which provided $65.1 billion in direct, flexible aid to counties, and the Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund (LATCF), which provided $1.5 billion over two years to eligible "revenue sharing" counties. Join this workshop to hear detailed guidance from U.S. Treasury officials on continued reporting and compliance requirements related to the ARPA Recovery Funds and the LATCF. 

Paving a Path through the Overdose Epidemic: Enhancing Health and Safety through Harm Reduction

Sun. February 12 | 3:30 pm to 4:45 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

The opioid epidemic is now driven by substances that are stronger and more deadly than ever before. In 2021, over 100,000 people died of drug overdose in the U.S. – more than any year in American history. Harm reduction, like prevention, treatment and recovery, is one of the pillars of the National Drug Control Policy. However, the availability of proven harm reduction services, like naloxone distribution and syringe services programs, is far below levels needed to save lives and prevent the spread of infectious diseases. This session will explore the role of harm reduction in counties’ opioid response strategies through a conversation with county health officials, community corrections officials and service providers. 

Understanding the Child Care Workforce & Mapping the Policy Landscape

Sun. February 12 | 3:30 pm to 4:45 pmColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

Ongoing shortages in the child care workforce continue to limit county residents' access to affordable, high-quality child care, often hindering local economic recovery. During this workshop, panelists will discuss federal policy goals for strengthening and expanding the child care workforce to boost the supply of affordable child care at the county level while driving economic and workforce development.

What's the Buzz About? Deploying Electric Vehicle Infrastructure at the Local Level

Sun. February 12 | 3:30 pm to 4:45 pmColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

One year since the enactment of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, America's counties continue to make transformational investments in our local communities, including through the use of new transportation technologies, such as electric vehicles (EV). Join this workshop to learn more about the BIL's formula and competitive funding for EV infrastructure, and hear from the public and private entities working to deploy EVs in communities across the country.

Mon. February 13
7:30 am

Nationwide Workshop: Income for Life Strategies

Mon. February 13 | 7:30 am to 9:15 amGeorgetown, Concourse Level

Planning for a successful future includes not only strategies for accumulating enough financial resources to live comfortably, but also just strategies to spend down savings in a strategic and purposeful way. Join our partners at Nationwide for a session on “Income for Life Strategies” and how best to not outlive your retirement savings. Topics covered will be Social Security, Pensions, and a new investment offering (5ForLife) being added to the NACo Standard Investment Line-up in April. 5ForLife provides you an opportunity of income for life from your Deferred Compensation Plan in retirement, so you can never outlive your retirement savings.

A continental breakfast will be available from 7:30-8:00 a.m. on a first-come first-served basis.

Tue. February 14
8:15 am

Demo and Deep Dive of NACo's County Explorer

Tue. February 14 | 8:15 am to 9:15 amColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

Social Media: Accelerating Advocacy

Tue. February 14 | 8:15 am to 9:15 amColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

Whether you hate to love it or love to hate it, social media is probably your single most accessible tool for mass communication. Join the National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) to examine the significant potential, and a few of the possible pitfalls, associated with leveraging social media for advocacy efforts.

Storytime for Your County's Financial Future

Tue. February 14 | 8:15 am to 9:15 amColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

Value of Professional County Management with NACA

Tue. February 14 | 8:15 am to 9:15 amColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level
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