2020 NACo Legislative Conference

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.
2020 NACo Legislative Conference
Chief Financial Officer, Greene County, Penn.  
 

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.

Speakers

Chief of Staff and General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality  
 

Environment Energy and Land Use Policy Steering Committee - Resolutions Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 11:00 amColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

Join the Environment, Energy and Land Use (EELU) Steering Committee’s Resolutions Meeting as members will 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 at the EELU business meeting.

Senior Advisor to the Secretary & Regulatory Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture  
 

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.

 

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.

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.

 

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Affairs, Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce  
 

Community Economic and Workforce Development Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 29 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

NACo’s three Community, Economic and Workforce Development Subcommittees will discuss federal policy issues impacting counties related to housing, economic and workforce development and hear from federal partners and policy experts on issues regarding funding and partnership opportunities.

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Association of American Railroads  
 

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 29 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmInternational Ballroom West, Concourse Level

NACo’s four Transportation Subcommittees will discuss federal policy issues related to transportation and infrastructure development, including an outlook on transportation policy in 2020 from the U.S. Department of Transportation, an update on the status of America's freight rail network and a discussion around an innovative mechanism for delivering infrastructure projects.

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.

Speakers

Senior Policy Advisor, Government Finance Officers Association  
 

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.

Director, Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  
 

Human Services and Education Policy and Steering Committee - Joint Subcommittees Meetings

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 11:30 amColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

Join the Human Services and Education Steering Committee’s Joint Subcommittees Meeting for a discussion on the latest federal developments impacting human services programs at the county level. Committee members will be joined by officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families to learn how counties and our federal partners may work together to help leverage federal resources to serve local residents.

A brass quintet from the U.S. Army Band will perform a patriotic opening and the Armed Forces Color Guard will present the colors at the start of the General Session, a patriotic event you won’t want to miss.

Co-Director of the Center for Digital Government (eRepublic)  
 

IT Standing Committee Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

Join the Information Technology Standing Committee as they hear updates and presentations on information technology issues and innovation. This committee provides advice to the Board of Directors on technology matters and oversight on NACo information technology programs, including the new NACo Technology Blueprint.

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.

Speakers

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.

Clinical Research Advisor for Creative Forces, National Endowment for the Arts’ Military Healing Arts Network  
 

Using the Arts to Heal Trauma: A Meeting of the Arts & Culture Commission

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

Join the Arts & Culture Commission for a panel discussion on healing trauma through the arts, with a focus on post-disaster, abused and neglected children and veterans. 

Chief Engineer and Operations Officer, Elmore County, Ala.  
 

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pmInternational Ballroom West, Concourse Level

Join the Transportation Steering Committee’s Business Meeting where members will hear about the latest transportation federal policy issues facing counties, including grassroots efforts to highlight the need for local infrastructure investments, counter drone technology and a panel on best practices for funding road and bridge infrastructure improvement from the National Association of County Engineers. Steering committee members will also consider and vote on interim policy resolutions used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

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.

Executive Director and CEO, The Solid Waste Association of North America  
 

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.

Professional Staff Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs  
 

Veterans and Military Services Committee Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pmInternational Ballroom East, Concourse Level

County governments play a critical role as public service providers for America’s citizens, including millions of veterans. NACo’s Veterans and Military Services Committee provides a forum for county leaders – many of whom are members of military families or veterans themselves – to discuss how counties can work with each other and with our state, federal and local partners to address issues facing our nation’s veterans. During this session, members will review the outlook for legislative and regulatory proposals in the 116th Congress and discuss action steps for the committee.

County Engineer, Champaign County, Ill.  
 

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pmInternational Ballroom West, Concourse Level

Join the Transportation Steering Committee’s Business Meeting where members will hear about the latest transportation federal policy issues facing counties, including grassroots efforts to highlight the need for local infrastructure investments, counter drone technology and a panel on best practices for funding road and bridge infrastructure improvement from the National Association of County Engineers. Steering committee members will also consider and vote on interim policy resolutions used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

NACo Central Region Representative; Commissioner, Grant County, Okla.  
 

Capitol Hill Briefing: Investing in Infrastructure: County Priorities in Transportation and Infrastructure Legislation

Tue. March 03 | 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

As the 116th Congress works to reauthorize a surface transportation bill and considers developing comprehensive infrastructure legislation, a strong federal-state-local partnership is critical. Owning 45 percent of public roads, almost 40 percent of the National Bridge Inventory and operating 78 percent of all public transit systems, county priorities must be included in any federal transportation and infrastructure package. Join this Capitol Hill briefing to hear from members of Congress on the status of this legislation, as well as from county leaders about the unique infrastructure challenges local governments face and how the federal government can implement public policy to improve our nation’s transportation infrastructure system. 

 

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.

Regional Conservationist, National Resources Conservation Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture  
 

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.

 

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.

Capitol Hill Briefing: All Elections are Local: The County Role in Ensuring Safe & Secure Elections

Tue. March 03 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm485 Russell Senate Office Building

Counties administer and fund elections at the local level, including overseeing polling places and coordinating poll workers for federal, state and local elections. County election officials work diligently with federal, state and other local election officials to ensure the safety and security of our voting systems. Join us to learn how election administration works at the local level and how county leaders administer elections in a way that is accurate, safe, secure and accessible for all voters.

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.

Chief Operating Officer, Association of Defense Communities  
 

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.

 

Chief, Integrated Partnerships and Communications Branch, Decennial Communications and Coordination Office, U.S. Census Bureau  
 

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.

Capitol Hill Briefing: Investing in Infrastructure: County Priorities in Transportation and Infrastructure Legislation

Tue. March 03 | 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

As the 116th Congress works to reauthorize a surface transportation bill and considers developing comprehensive infrastructure legislation, a strong federal-state-local partnership is critical. Owning 45 percent of public roads, almost 40 percent of the National Bridge Inventory and operating 78 percent of all public transit systems, county priorities must be included in any federal transportation and infrastructure package. Join this Capitol Hill briefing to hear from members of Congress on the status of this legislation, as well as from county leaders about the unique infrastructure challenges local governments face and how the federal government can implement public policy to improve our nation’s transportation infrastructure system. 

 

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.

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.

 

 

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.

 

County Administrator/Controller, Kent County, Mich  
 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Associate Director for Operations, U.S. Selective Service System  
 

Veterans and Military Services Committee Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pmInternational Ballroom East, Concourse Level

County governments play a critical role as public service providers for America’s citizens, including millions of veterans. NACo’s Veterans and Military Services Committee provides a forum for county leaders – many of whom are members of military families or veterans themselves – to discuss how counties can work with each other and with our state, federal and local partners to address issues facing our nation’s veterans. During this session, members will review the outlook for legislative and regulatory proposals in the 116th Congress and discuss action steps for the committee.

Using the Arts to Heal Trauma: A Meeting of the Arts & Culture Commission

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

Join the Arts & Culture Commission for a panel discussion on healing trauma through the arts, with a focus on post-disaster, abused and neglected children and veterans. 

Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-Mich.)  
 

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 10:30 am to 12:00 pmGeorgetown East & West, Concourse Level

The Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee will be joined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and fellow local leaders who will provide an update on the current challenges facing rural communities, including lack of access to affordable housing and the impacts of economic strains on the farming industry. Members will disucss how local officials can best work with our federal partners to address these ongoing issues. Members will also consider and vote on interim policy resolutions used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

Immigration Reform Task Force Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

In September 2019, members of NACo’s Immigration Reform Task Force participated in a tour along the U.S.-Mexico border. During this meeting, members will hear from Task Force colleagues and national experts about the new policies that have been implemented along the southwest border in response to the new wave of migrants, and how these measures impact counties both on and off the border.

Director of Human Resources, Benefits, Wellness & Risk Manager, Dunn County, N.D.  
 

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.

Capitol Hill Briefing: Investing in Infrastructure: County Priorities in Transportation and Infrastructure Legislation

Tue. March 03 | 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

As the 116th Congress works to reauthorize a surface transportation bill and considers developing comprehensive infrastructure legislation, a strong federal-state-local partnership is critical. Owning 45 percent of public roads, almost 40 percent of the National Bridge Inventory and operating 78 percent of all public transit systems, county priorities must be included in any federal transportation and infrastructure package. Join this Capitol Hill briefing to hear from members of Congress on the status of this legislation, as well as from county leaders about the unique infrastructure challenges local governments face and how the federal government can implement public policy to improve our nation’s transportation infrastructure system. 

 

National Field Director, Nationwide Retirement Institute  
 

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.

Capitol Hill Briefing: Investing in Infrastructure: County Priorities in Transportation and Infrastructure Legislation

Tue. March 03 | 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

As the 116th Congress works to reauthorize a surface transportation bill and considers developing comprehensive infrastructure legislation, a strong federal-state-local partnership is critical. Owning 45 percent of public roads, almost 40 percent of the National Bridge Inventory and operating 78 percent of all public transit systems, county priorities must be included in any federal transportation and infrastructure package. Join this Capitol Hill briefing to hear from members of Congress on the status of this legislation, as well as from county leaders about the unique infrastructure challenges local governments face and how the federal government can implement public policy to improve our nation’s transportation infrastructure system. 

 

Clerk, U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development  
 

Community Economic and Workforce Development Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 29 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

NACo’s three Community, Economic and Workforce Development Subcommittees will discuss federal policy issues impacting counties related to housing, economic and workforce development and hear from federal partners and policy experts on issues regarding funding and partnership opportunities.

A brass quintet from the U.S. Army Band will perform a patriotic opening and the Armed Forces Color Guard will present the colors at the start of the General Session, a patriotic event you won’t want to miss.

Capitol Hill Briefing: The Intersection of Health and Justice: A Look Inside County Jails

Tue. March 03 | 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm485 Russell Senate Office Building

In early 2019, NACo and the National Sheriffs' Association formed a joint task force that examined the impact of the Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy (MIEP), a federal policy that strips federal health and veterans benefits from individuals upon admission to jail – not upon conviction. The MIEP has contributed to the national behavioral and mental health crisis as well as increased rates of recidivism in our local jails. During this briefing, hear from key congressional champions working to amend this federal policy and members of the task force, who will provide insights from group’s comprehensive report. 

Associate Administrator of Resiliency, Federal Emergency Management Agency  
 

Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee - Afternoon Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 1:30 pm to 4:00 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

Justice and Public Safety Committee members will consider and vote on proposed interim policy resolutions. The committee will be joined by congressional staff to discuss federal legislation and oversight efforts that could impact county emergency management and homeland security efforts in 2020 and beyond and hear from the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency about upcoming policy changes and federal assistance opportunities on the horizon in 2020.

Capitol Hill Briefing: The Intersection of Health and Justice: A Look Inside County Jails

Tue. March 03 | 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm485 Russell Senate Office Building

In early 2019, NACo and the National Sheriffs' Association formed a joint task force that examined the impact of the Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy (MIEP), a federal policy that strips federal health and veterans benefits from individuals upon admission to jail – not upon conviction. The MIEP has contributed to the national behavioral and mental health crisis as well as increased rates of recidivism in our local jails. During this briefing, hear from key congressional champions working to amend this federal policy and members of the task force, who will provide insights from group’s comprehensive report. 

Deputy Director, Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice  
 

Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee - Morning Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

The Justice and Public Safety Committee will be joined by congressional staff to discuss the outlook for congressional action that could impact county justice systems and hear from the U.S. Department of Justice about upcoming policy and justice program assistance opportunities in 2020. This committee will also review and discuss interim policy resolutions.

Western Interstate Region (WIR) Board of Directors Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 1:00 pm to 3:30 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

The Western Interstate Region (WIR) is dedicated to the promotion of Western interests within NACo. Its membership consists of fifteen Western states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah and Washington). WIR Members will receive an update from the U.S. Forest Service on their efforts to implement new forest management authorities. Members will also learn about newly unveiled federal environmental regulations and NACo’s efforts to end the inmate Medicaid exclusion policy.

National Association of Counties LGBTQ Leaders & Allies Reception

Tue. March 03 | 5:00 pm to 7:00 pmPitchers DC, 2317 18th Street NW

Co-hosted with the Washington D.C. Mayor’s Office

In July 2019, the National Association of County LGBTQ Leaders & Allies launched the “Elected County Officials for LGBTQ Equity” campaign. This campaign asks elected county officials nationwide to pledge their support for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) inclusive local government policies. County officials are invited to celebrate the progress of the campaign and pledge their support.

 

Senior Counsel, Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) (Chair, House Committee on Ways and Means)  
 

Health Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 2:00 pm to 4:30 pmLincoln West, Concourse Level

NACo's Health Policy Steering Committee will be joined by congressional staff and health policy experts to discuss upcoming legislation on congressional policy priorities for health. Committee members will consider and vote on interim policy resolutions. 

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. 

Systems Analyst/GIS Analyst, Lehigh County, Pa.  
 

GIS Subcomittee Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 9:30 am to 11:30 amColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

Join the GIS Subcommittee for a discussion focused on the innovative use of geospatial technologies including drones, unmanned vehicles and mobile applications. Discussion will also be providing free resources, learning tools and apps that will help build-up your county's GIS.

Healthy Counties Advisory Board Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 8:30 am to 10:00 amColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

Community health is strongly correlated with and dependent on the conditions in which residents live, work, and play. Counties are leading the charge in working to integrate health-based decision making throughout various sectors. At this meeting of the Healthy Counties Advisory Board, attendees are invited to hear from county peers and experts on how they are using the social determinants of health to guide their work in creating innovative multi-sector approaches to health issues.

Director for the Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  
 

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.

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

Sat. February 29 | 1:45 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

Members will hear from federal officials and policy experts on the latest environmental and energy federal policy issues. The steering committee will review the federal outlook for environment and energy issues in 2020, including potential legislation and regulations in the 116th Congress related to “Waters of the U.S.,” climate and renewable energy and pending EPA regulations. Steering committee members will also consider policy resolutions used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

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.

Speakers

A brass quintet from the U.S. Army Band will perform a patriotic opening and the Armed Forces Color Guard will present the colors at the start of the General Session, a patriotic event you won’t want to miss.

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.

 

Chief, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Federal Communications Commission  
 

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.

A brass quintet from the U.S. Army Band will perform a patriotic opening and the Armed Forces Color Guard will present the colors at the start of the General Session, a patriotic event you won’t want to miss.

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.

Assistant Vice President - Analyst, Moody's Investors Service  
 

Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 11:45 amLincoln East, Concourse Level

The Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs (FPIGA) Steering Committee will be joined by national and local experts for a discussion on the role diversity, inclusion and equity play when it comes to strengthening our nation’s business community. The committee will also hear from national agencies and market experts about how changing threats such as equity, climate and cybersecurity are shaping the future of municipal bond ratings and how counties can protect our fiscal health and creditworthiness.

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

Sat. February 29 | 1:45 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

Members will hear from federal officials and policy experts on the latest environmental and energy federal policy issues. The steering committee will review the federal outlook for environment and energy issues in 2020, including potential legislation and regulations in the 116th Congress related to “Waters of the U.S.,” climate and renewable energy and pending EPA regulations. Steering committee members will also consider policy resolutions used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

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. 

Capitol Hill Briefing: All Elections are Local: The County Role in Ensuring Safe & Secure Elections

Tue. March 03 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm485 Russell Senate Office Building

Counties administer and fund elections at the local level, including overseeing polling places and coordinating poll workers for federal, state and local elections. County election officials work diligently with federal, state and other local election officials to ensure the safety and security of our voting systems. Join us to learn how election administration works at the local level and how county leaders administer elections in a way that is accurate, safe, secure and accessible for all voters.

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.

Speakers

Professional Staff Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs  
 

Veterans and Military Services Committee Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pmInternational Ballroom East, Concourse Level

County governments play a critical role as public service providers for America’s citizens, including millions of veterans. NACo’s Veterans and Military Services Committee provides a forum for county leaders – many of whom are members of military families or veterans themselves – to discuss how counties can work with each other and with our state, federal and local partners to address issues facing our nation’s veterans. During this session, members will review the outlook for legislative and regulatory proposals in the 116th Congress and discuss action steps for the committee.

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.

GIS Subcomittee Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 9:30 am to 11:30 amColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

Join the GIS Subcommittee for a discussion focused on the innovative use of geospatial technologies including drones, unmanned vehicles and mobile applications. Discussion will also be providing free resources, learning tools and apps that will help build-up your county's GIS.

Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs, Americans for the Arts  
 

Using the Arts to Heal Trauma: A Meeting of the Arts & Culture Commission

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

Join the Arts & Culture Commission for a panel discussion on healing trauma through the arts, with a focus on post-disaster, abused and neglected children and veterans. 

Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC)

Sun. March 01 | 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 affordable housing, economic development and justice and public safety. All urban county officials are welcome to attend; table seating is reserved for LUCC Steering Committee members.

Capitol Hill Briefing: All Elections are Local: The County Role in Ensuring Safe & Secure Elections

Tue. March 03 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm485 Russell Senate Office Building

Counties administer and fund elections at the local level, including overseeing polling places and coordinating poll workers for federal, state and local elections. County election officials work diligently with federal, state and other local election officials to ensure the safety and security of our voting systems. Join us to learn how election administration works at the local level and how county leaders administer elections in a way that is accurate, safe, secure and accessible for all voters.

Executive Vice President & General Manager, Security Best Practices  
 

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.

Speakers

VP, Intergovernmental Affairs, National Association of Home Builders  
 

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

Sat. February 29 | 1:45 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

Members will hear from federal officials and policy experts on the latest environmental and energy federal policy issues. The steering committee will review the federal outlook for environment and energy issues in 2020, including potential legislation and regulations in the 116th Congress related to “Waters of the U.S.,” climate and renewable energy and pending EPA regulations. Steering committee members will also consider policy resolutions used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

Policy Director & State Debt Management Network Association Director, National Association of State Treasurers  
 

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.

Director of Center for Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  
 

Health Policy Steering Committee - Joint Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 11:30 amLincoln West, Concourse Level

The increasing national suicide rate and rural hospital closings have strained local communities and systems of care. Join NACo's Health Steering Committee and subject matter experts from federal agencies and local practicioners to explore policy and programmatic options for suicide prevention on the local level and policy solutions and innovations at the federal and local level to help communities mitigate the challenges of rural hospital closures and ensure that healthcare providers and hospitals can provide continuous, safe and high-quality care to county residents. 

 

Branch Chief Partnerships, Stakeholder Engagement, CISA  
 

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.

Speakers

President & CEO, Congressional Management Foundation  
 

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.   

Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  
 

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

Sat. February 29 | 1:45 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

Members will hear from federal officials and policy experts on the latest environmental and energy federal policy issues. The steering committee will review the federal outlook for environment and energy issues in 2020, including potential legislation and regulations in the 116th Congress related to “Waters of the U.S.,” climate and renewable energy and pending EPA regulations. Steering committee members will also consider policy resolutions used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

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.

Director, Emergency Management & Homeland Security, Ramsey County, Minn.  
 

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.

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.

President, League of United Latin American Citizens, D.C. Lambda Chapter  
 

National Association of LGBT Leaders & Allies

Sun. March 01 | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pmTenleytown West, First Floor
Grant Manager, Department of Justice Services, St. Louis County, Mo.  
 

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. 

Tax & Economic Policy Advisor, Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.)  
 

Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 11:45 amLincoln East, Concourse Level

The Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs (FPIGA) Steering Committee will be joined by national and local experts for a discussion on the role diversity, inclusion and equity play when it comes to strengthening our nation’s business community. The committee will also hear from national agencies and market experts about how changing threats such as equity, climate and cybersecurity are shaping the future of municipal bond ratings and how counties can protect our fiscal health and creditworthiness.

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 10:30 am to 12:00 pmGeorgetown East & West, Concourse Level

The Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee will be joined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and fellow local leaders who will provide an update on the current challenges facing rural communities, including lack of access to affordable housing and the impacts of economic strains on the farming industry. Members will disucss how local officials can best work with our federal partners to address these ongoing issues. Members will also consider and vote on interim policy resolutions used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

Associate Administrator, Office of International Trade, Small Business Association  
 

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.

Capitol Hill Briefing: All Elections are Local: The County Role in Ensuring Safe & Secure Elections

Tue. March 03 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm485 Russell Senate Office Building

Counties administer and fund elections at the local level, including overseeing polling places and coordinating poll workers for federal, state and local elections. County election officials work diligently with federal, state and other local election officials to ensure the safety and security of our voting systems. Join us to learn how election administration works at the local level and how county leaders administer elections in a way that is accurate, safe, secure and accessible for all voters.

Ranking Member, U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, R-Mo. (6th District)  
 

Capitol Hill Briefing: Investing in Infrastructure: County Priorities in Transportation and Infrastructure Legislation

Tue. March 03 | 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

As the 116th Congress works to reauthorize a surface transportation bill and considers developing comprehensive infrastructure legislation, a strong federal-state-local partnership is critical. Owning 45 percent of public roads, almost 40 percent of the National Bridge Inventory and operating 78 percent of all public transit systems, county priorities must be included in any federal transportation and infrastructure package. Join this Capitol Hill briefing to hear from members of Congress on the status of this legislation, as well as from county leaders about the unique infrastructure challenges local governments face and how the federal government can implement public policy to improve our nation’s transportation infrastructure system. 

 

Director of Constituent Engagement, Victory Institute  
 

National Association of LGBT Leaders & Allies

Sun. March 01 | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pmTenleytown West, First Floor
Associate Administrator, Office of Entrepreneurial Development, U.S. Small Business Administration  
 

Community Economic and Workforce Development Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 29 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

NACo’s three Community, Economic and Workforce Development Subcommittees will discuss federal policy issues impacting counties related to housing, economic and workforce development and hear from federal partners and policy experts on issues regarding funding and partnership opportunities.

Public Lands Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 29 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmInternational Ballroom East, Concourse Level

Public Lands Steering Committee (PLSC) members will hear from federal land agency officials about efforts to improve landscape health, enhance wildlife habitat and create new economic growth opportunities for public lands counties. Members will also have discussions on changing workforce needs at the U.S. Forest Service and proposed long-term solutions to issues surrounding county payments.

Director, Election Security Initiative, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency/Department of Homeland Security  
 

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

Sat. February 29 | 1:30 pm to 4:30 pmLincoln East, Concourse Level

The FPIGA Steering Committee will be joined by congressional staff and the U.S. Department of Treasury to hear about the latest activity around federal tax policies and outlook for 2020. Additionally, members will be joined by national and local experts for a discussion on how counties can incorporate best practices ahead of the 2020 election. Members will consider and vote on interim policy resolutions used to guide NACo's advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

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.

Staff Director & Counsel, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure  
 

Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee - Afternoon Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 1:30 pm to 4:00 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

Justice and Public Safety Committee members will consider and vote on proposed interim policy resolutions. The committee will be joined by congressional staff to discuss federal legislation and oversight efforts that could impact county emergency management and homeland security efforts in 2020 and beyond and hear from the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency about upcoming policy changes and federal assistance opportunities on the horizon in 2020.

Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  
 

Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC)

Sun. March 01 | 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 affordable housing, economic development and justice and public safety. All urban county officials are welcome to attend; table seating is reserved for LUCC Steering Committee members.

Policy Director, National Association for County Community and Economic Development  
 

Community Economic and Workforce Development Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 29 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

NACo’s three Community, Economic and Workforce Development Subcommittees will discuss federal policy issues impacting counties related to housing, economic and workforce development and hear from federal partners and policy experts on issues regarding funding and partnership opportunities.

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pmInternational Ballroom West, Concourse Level

Join the Transportation Steering Committee’s Business Meeting where members will hear about the latest transportation federal policy issues facing counties, including grassroots efforts to highlight the need for local infrastructure investments, counter drone technology and a panel on best practices for funding road and bridge infrastructure improvement from the National Association of County Engineers. Steering committee members will also consider and vote on interim policy resolutions used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

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.

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

Sat. February 29 | 1:30 pm to 4:30 pmLincoln East, Concourse Level

The FPIGA Steering Committee will be joined by congressional staff and the U.S. Department of Treasury to hear about the latest activity around federal tax policies and outlook for 2020. Additionally, members will be joined by national and local experts for a discussion on how counties can incorporate best practices ahead of the 2020 election. Members will consider and vote on interim policy resolutions used to guide NACo's advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

Capitol Hill Briefing: Investing in Infrastructure: County Priorities in Transportation and Infrastructure Legislation

Tue. March 03 | 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

As the 116th Congress works to reauthorize a surface transportation bill and considers developing comprehensive infrastructure legislation, a strong federal-state-local partnership is critical. Owning 45 percent of public roads, almost 40 percent of the National Bridge Inventory and operating 78 percent of all public transit systems, county priorities must be included in any federal transportation and infrastructure package. Join this Capitol Hill briefing to hear from members of Congress on the status of this legislation, as well as from county leaders about the unique infrastructure challenges local governments face and how the federal government can implement public policy to improve our nation’s transportation infrastructure system. 

 

Highway Superintendent, Genesee County, N.Y., President, National Association of County Engineers  
 

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pmInternational Ballroom West, Concourse Level

Join the Transportation Steering Committee’s Business Meeting where members will hear about the latest transportation federal policy issues facing counties, including grassroots efforts to highlight the need for local infrastructure investments, counter drone technology and a panel on best practices for funding road and bridge infrastructure improvement from the National Association of County Engineers. Steering committee members will also consider and vote on interim policy resolutions used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

Executive Director, Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council  
 

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.

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

Sun. March 01 | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pmGeorgetown East & West, Concourse Level
Chair, United States Election Assistance Commission  
 

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

Sat. February 29 | 1:30 pm to 4:30 pmLincoln East, Concourse Level

The FPIGA Steering Committee will be joined by congressional staff and the U.S. Department of Treasury to hear about the latest activity around federal tax policies and outlook for 2020. Additionally, members will be joined by national and local experts for a discussion on how counties can incorporate best practices ahead of the 2020 election. Members will consider and vote on interim policy resolutions used to guide NACo's advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

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.

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.

Speakers

Capitol Hill Briefing: All Elections are Local: The County Role in Ensuring Safe & Secure Elections

Tue. March 03 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm485 Russell Senate Office Building

Counties administer and fund elections at the local level, including overseeing polling places and coordinating poll workers for federal, state and local elections. County election officials work diligently with federal, state and other local election officials to ensure the safety and security of our voting systems. Join us to learn how election administration works at the local level and how county leaders administer elections in a way that is accurate, safe, secure and accessible for all voters.

Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture  
 

Public Lands Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pmInternational Ballroom East, Concourse Level

Public Lands Steering Committee (PLSC) Members will hear from federal officials on the latest public lands issues, including new efforts to better manage our national forests, reduce the threat of wildfire and partner with federal agencies to accomplish shared goals. The PLSC will review the federal outlook for public lands issues in 2020 and learn about the new NACo-U.S. Forest Service guidebook. Members will also consider policy resolutions used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

IT Standing Committee Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

Join the Information Technology Standing Committee as they hear updates and presentations on information technology issues and innovation. This committee provides advice to the Board of Directors on technology matters and oversight on NACo information technology programs, including the new NACo Technology Blueprint.

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. 

Program Advisor to the Assistant Secretary, Office of Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  
 

Community Economic and Workforce Development Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 2:00 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

Members will hear from federal officials and congressionl staff on the latest community, economic and workforce development federal policy and funding issues, including the latest on the FY 2021 appropriations process. CEWD Steering Committee members will vote on interim policy resolutions discussed during the morning resolutions meeting.

Chief, Rural Broadband Task Force, Federal Communications Commission  
 

Rural Action Caucus (RAC) Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmInternational Ballroom West, Concourse Level

With the success of NACo’s TestIT App, the Rural Action Caucus is set to release a report on rural broadband coverage, including data collected by the app. Members will discuss the findings of the report and underscore the challenges and opportunities for rural broadband connectivity alongside senior officials from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development and Federal Communications Commission. This meeting will examine the impact of natural disasters and trade negotiations on the rural economy through the lens of USDA’s Farm Service Agency, which provided over $15 billion in trade and disaster relief in 2019.

Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee - Morning Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

The Justice and Public Safety Committee will be joined by congressional staff to discuss the outlook for congressional action that could impact county justice systems and hear from the U.S. Department of Justice about upcoming policy and justice program assistance opportunities in 2020. This committee will also review and discuss interim policy resolutions.

Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  
 

Human Services and Education Policy and Steering Committee - Joint Subcommittees Meetings

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 11:30 amColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

Join the Human Services and Education Steering Committee’s Joint Subcommittees Meeting for a discussion on the latest federal developments impacting human services programs at the county level. Committee members will be joined by officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families to learn how counties and our federal partners may work together to help leverage federal resources to serve local residents.

Board Chair, Washington County, N.C., Second Vice President, North Carolina Association of County Commissioners  
 

Health Policy Steering Committee - Joint Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 11:30 amLincoln West, Concourse Level

The increasing national suicide rate and rural hospital closings have strained local communities and systems of care. Join NACo's Health Steering Committee and subject matter experts from federal agencies and local practicioners to explore policy and programmatic options for suicide prevention on the local level and policy solutions and innovations at the federal and local level to help communities mitigate the challenges of rural hospital closures and ensure that healthcare providers and hospitals can provide continuous, safe and high-quality care to county residents. 

 

Executive Director, Washington State Association of Counties  
 

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.

CAPT, US Public Health Service, Associate Director, Office of Strategy and Innovation, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  
 

Health Policy Steering Committee - Joint Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 11:30 amLincoln West, Concourse Level

The increasing national suicide rate and rural hospital closings have strained local communities and systems of care. Join NACo's Health Steering Committee and subject matter experts from federal agencies and local practicioners to explore policy and programmatic options for suicide prevention on the local level and policy solutions and innovations at the federal and local level to help communities mitigate the challenges of rural hospital closures and ensure that healthcare providers and hospitals can provide continuous, safe and high-quality care to county residents. 

 

National Council of County Association Executives (NCCAE) Continuing Education Workshop

Mon. March 02 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmGeorgetown East & West, Concourse Level

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.

Managing Director of Policy, National Skills Coalition  
 

Community Economic and Workforce Development Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 29 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

NACo’s three Community, Economic and Workforce Development Subcommittees will discuss federal policy issues impacting counties related to housing, economic and workforce development and hear from federal partners and policy experts on issues regarding funding and partnership opportunities.

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

Sat. February 29 | 1:30 pm to 4:30 pmLincoln East, Concourse Level

The FPIGA Steering Committee will be joined by congressional staff and the U.S. Department of Treasury to hear about the latest activity around federal tax policies and outlook for 2020. Additionally, members will be joined by national and local experts for a discussion on how counties can incorporate best practices ahead of the 2020 election. Members will consider and vote on interim policy resolutions used to guide NACo's advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

Immigration Reform Task Force Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

In September 2019, members of NACo’s Immigration Reform Task Force participated in a tour along the U.S.-Mexico border. During this meeting, members will hear from Task Force colleagues and national experts about the new policies that have been implemented along the southwest border in response to the new wave of migrants, and how these measures impact counties both on and off the border.

Executive Director, State International Development Organizations  
 

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.

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pmInternational Ballroom West, Concourse Level

Join the Transportation Steering Committee’s Business Meeting where members will hear about the latest transportation federal policy issues facing counties, including grassroots efforts to highlight the need for local infrastructure investments, counter drone technology and a panel on best practices for funding road and bridge infrastructure improvement from the National Association of County Engineers. Steering committee members will also consider and vote on interim policy resolutions used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

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.

Administrator, Rural Housing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture  
 

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 10:30 am to 12:00 pmGeorgetown East & West, Concourse Level

The Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee will be joined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and fellow local leaders who will provide an update on the current challenges facing rural communities, including lack of access to affordable housing and the impacts of economic strains on the farming industry. Members will disucss how local officials can best work with our federal partners to address these ongoing issues. Members will also consider and vote on interim policy resolutions used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

Legislative Assistant, Office of U.S. Senator Tim Scott  
 

Community Economic and Workforce Development Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 2:00 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

Members will hear from federal officials and congressionl staff on the latest community, economic and workforce development federal policy and funding issues, including the latest on the FY 2021 appropriations process. CEWD Steering Committee members will vote on interim policy resolutions discussed during the morning resolutions meeting.

Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture  
 

Rural Action Caucus (RAC) Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmInternational Ballroom West, Concourse Level

With the success of NACo’s TestIT App, the Rural Action Caucus is set to release a report on rural broadband coverage, including data collected by the app. Members will discuss the findings of the report and underscore the challenges and opportunities for rural broadband connectivity alongside senior officials from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development and Federal Communications Commission. This meeting will examine the impact of natural disasters and trade negotiations on the rural economy through the lens of USDA’s Farm Service Agency, which provided over $15 billion in trade and disaster relief in 2019.

Global Manager: State/Provincial Government Industry Solutions and Government Trade Associations, Esri  
 

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.

 

 

GIS Subcomittee Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 9:30 am to 11:30 amColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

Join the GIS Subcommittee for a discussion focused on the innovative use of geospatial technologies including drones, unmanned vehicles and mobile applications. Discussion will also be providing free resources, learning tools and apps that will help build-up your county's GIS.

Executive Director, North Carolina Association of County Commissioners  
 

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.

Program Manager, IT Strategy and Prioritization Development, Hennepin County, Minn.  
 

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.

President & CEO, America's Warrior Partnership  
 

Veterans and Military Services Committee Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pmInternational Ballroom East, Concourse Level

County governments play a critical role as public service providers for America’s citizens, including millions of veterans. NACo’s Veterans and Military Services Committee provides a forum for county leaders – many of whom are members of military families or veterans themselves – to discuss how counties can work with each other and with our state, federal and local partners to address issues facing our nation’s veterans. During this session, members will review the outlook for legislative and regulatory proposals in the 116th Congress and discuss action steps for the committee.

Using the Arts to Heal Trauma: A Meeting of the Arts & Culture Commission

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

Join the Arts & Culture Commission for a panel discussion on healing trauma through the arts, with a focus on post-disaster, abused and neglected children and veterans. 

Subcommittee on Federal Spending and Emergency Management, U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee  
 

Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee - Afternoon Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 1:30 pm to 4:00 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

Justice and Public Safety Committee members will consider and vote on proposed interim policy resolutions. The committee will be joined by congressional staff to discuss federal legislation and oversight efforts that could impact county emergency management and homeland security efforts in 2020 and beyond and hear from the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency about upcoming policy changes and federal assistance opportunities on the horizon in 2020.

Capitol Hill Briefing: Investing in Infrastructure: County Priorities in Transportation and Infrastructure Legislation

Tue. March 03 | 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

As the 116th Congress works to reauthorize a surface transportation bill and considers developing comprehensive infrastructure legislation, a strong federal-state-local partnership is critical. Owning 45 percent of public roads, almost 40 percent of the National Bridge Inventory and operating 78 percent of all public transit systems, county priorities must be included in any federal transportation and infrastructure package. Join this Capitol Hill briefing to hear from members of Congress on the status of this legislation, as well as from county leaders about the unique infrastructure challenges local governments face and how the federal government can implement public policy to improve our nation’s transportation infrastructure system. 

 

Information Technology Director, National League of Cities  
 

IT Standing Committee Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

Join the Information Technology Standing Committee as they hear updates and presentations on information technology issues and innovation. This committee provides advice to the Board of Directors on technology matters and oversight on NACo information technology programs, including the new NACo Technology Blueprint.

Executive Director, United States Interagency Council on Homelessness  
 

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.

Majority Senior Advisor for Human Services, U.S. Senate Finance Committee  
 

Human Services and Education Policy and Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 2:00 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

Members will be joined by congressional staff to hear updates on human services policies and the outlook for the remainder of the 116th Congress. Members will consider and vote on interim policy resolutions used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies. Members will hear from sponsors who have submitted interim resolutions and have the opportunity to ask questions before voting on proposed measures.

Partner and Executive VP, Resource Recycling Systems  
 

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.

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pmInternational Ballroom West, Concourse Level

Join the Transportation Steering Committee’s Business Meeting where members will hear about the latest transportation federal policy issues facing counties, including grassroots efforts to highlight the need for local infrastructure investments, counter drone technology and a panel on best practices for funding road and bridge infrastructure improvement from the National Association of County Engineers. Steering committee members will also consider and vote on interim policy resolutions used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

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.

 

Health Policy Fellow - U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy M.D. (R-LA)  
 

Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee - Morning Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

The Justice and Public Safety Committee will be joined by congressional staff to discuss the outlook for congressional action that could impact county justice systems and hear from the U.S. Department of Justice about upcoming policy and justice program assistance opportunities in 2020. This committee will also review and discuss interim policy resolutions.

Director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration  
 

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.

 

Associate Director of the Health Project, Bipartisan Policy Center  
 

Health Policy Steering Committee - Joint Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 11:30 amLincoln West, Concourse Level

The increasing national suicide rate and rural hospital closings have strained local communities and systems of care. Join NACo's Health Steering Committee and subject matter experts from federal agencies and local practicioners to explore policy and programmatic options for suicide prevention on the local level and policy solutions and innovations at the federal and local level to help communities mitigate the challenges of rural hospital closures and ensure that healthcare providers and hospitals can provide continuous, safe and high-quality care to county residents. 

 

Senior Science Advisor to the Assistant Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  
 

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.

Director, Public Works Department, Santa Barbara County, Calif.  
 

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pmInternational Ballroom West, Concourse Level

Join the Transportation Steering Committee’s Business Meeting where members will hear about the latest transportation federal policy issues facing counties, including grassroots efforts to highlight the need for local infrastructure investments, counter drone technology and a panel on best practices for funding road and bridge infrastructure improvement from the National Association of County Engineers. Steering committee members will also consider and vote on interim policy resolutions used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

Capitol Hill Briefing: All Elections are Local: The County Role in Ensuring Safe & Secure Elections

Tue. March 03 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm485 Russell Senate Office Building

Counties administer and fund elections at the local level, including overseeing polling places and coordinating poll workers for federal, state and local elections. County election officials work diligently with federal, state and other local election officials to ensure the safety and security of our voting systems. Join us to learn how election administration works at the local level and how county leaders administer elections in a way that is accurate, safe, secure and accessible for all voters.

Senior Vice President of Advocacy & Government Relations, AUVSI  
 

GIS Subcomittee Meeting

Sun. March 01 | 9:30 am to 11:30 amColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

Join the GIS Subcommittee for a discussion focused on the innovative use of geospatial technologies including drones, unmanned vehicles and mobile applications. Discussion will also be providing free resources, learning tools and apps that will help build-up your county's GIS.

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.

 

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.

Capitol Hill Briefing: The Intersection of Health and Justice: A Look Inside County Jails

Tue. March 03 | 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm485 Russell Senate Office Building

In early 2019, NACo and the National Sheriffs' Association formed a joint task force that examined the impact of the Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy (MIEP), a federal policy that strips federal health and veterans benefits from individuals upon admission to jail – not upon conviction. The MIEP has contributed to the national behavioral and mental health crisis as well as increased rates of recidivism in our local jails. During this briefing, hear from key congressional champions working to amend this federal policy and members of the task force, who will provide insights from group’s comprehensive report. 

Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture  
 

Human Services and Education Policy and Steering Committee - Joint Subcommittees Meetings

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 11:30 amColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

Join the Human Services and Education Steering Committee’s Joint Subcommittees Meeting for a discussion on the latest federal developments impacting human services programs at the county level. Committee members will be joined by officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families to learn how counties and our federal partners may work together to help leverage federal resources to serve local residents.

Majority Staff Director, Subcommittee on Human Resources, U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means  
 

Human Services and Education Policy and Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 29 | 2:00 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

Members will be joined by congressional staff to hear updates on human services policies and the outlook for the remainder of the 116th Congress. Members will consider and vote on interim policy resolutions used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies. Members will hear from sponsors who have submitted interim resolutions and have the opportunity to ask questions before voting on proposed measures.

Commissioner, Tooele County, Utah.; Chair, Next Generation NACo Network  
 

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.

Health Policy Steering Committee - Joint Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 11:30 amLincoln West, Concourse Level

The increasing national suicide rate and rural hospital closings have strained local communities and systems of care. Join NACo's Health Steering Committee and subject matter experts from federal agencies and local practicioners to explore policy and programmatic options for suicide prevention on the local level and policy solutions and innovations at the federal and local level to help communities mitigate the challenges of rural hospital closures and ensure that healthcare providers and hospitals can provide continuous, safe and high-quality care to county residents. 

 

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.

Information Security Officer, Office of the Recorder, Maricopa County, Ariz.  
 

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.

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.

Speakers

Director, Office of State and Local Finances, U.S. Department of the Treasury  
 

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

Sat. February 29 | 1:30 pm to 4:30 pmLincoln East, Concourse Level

The FPIGA Steering Committee will be joined by congressional staff and the U.S. Department of Treasury to hear about the latest activity around federal tax policies and outlook for 2020. Additionally, members will be joined by national and local experts for a discussion on how counties can incorporate best practices ahead of the 2020 election. Members will consider and vote on interim policy resolutions used to guide NACo's advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

Senior Policy Advisor, Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho)  
 

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 29 | 9:00 am to 10:30 amGeorgetown East & West, Concourse Level

Join the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee’s Joint Subcommittees Meeting for a discussion on the latest federal developments impacting rural communities across the country. Committee members will be joined by representatives from Capitol Hill who will discuss the local impacts of recent federal legislation including the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act.