2022 NACo Legislative Conference


2022 NACo Legislative Conference

The NACo Legislative Conference brings together nearly 2,000 elected and appointed county officials to focus on federal policy issues that impact counties and our residents.
Fri. February 11
1:00 pm

CIO Forum

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

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

Sat. February 12
9:30 am

Health Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittees Meeting

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

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



1:15 pm

Health Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 12 | 1:15 pm to 4:00 pm ESTColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level
Sun. February 13
9:00 am

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

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

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

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

GIS Subcommittee Meeting

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

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

10:00 am

Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC) Meeting

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

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

Rural Action Caucus (RAC) Meeting

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

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

11:00 am

IT Standing Committee Meeting

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

International Economic Development (IED) Task Force Meeting

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

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

2:00 pm

The Power of the Arts: Arts as an Economic Driver

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

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

Mon. February 14
9:00 am
10:45 am

Accessing Federal Resources for Wildfire and Flood Mitigation

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

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

Federal Policy Landscape: Government Affairs Teams Lightening Round Update

Mon. February 14 | 10:45 am to 11:45 am ESTColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

Join the NACo government affairs team for a rapid-fire discussion on the top federal policy issues facing counties, including strengthening the intergovernmental relationship, transportation and infrastructure, broadband and 5G development, public lands management and payments, health and justice, disaster and resiliency, community and workforce development, environmental regulations and much more!

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

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

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

Strengthening Anti-Hunger Resources through the 2023 Farm Bill

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

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

Watching WOTUS: How a Change in Definition Impacts Counties

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

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

1:30 pm

Implementing Local Infrastructure Investments through the Intergovernmental Partnership

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

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

1:45 pm

Leveraging Federal Funding to Strengthen Mental Health in Schools

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3:15 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trends in State Election Laws and Impact on Local Election Administration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tue. February 15
8:00 am

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

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

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

Navigating Federal Resources to Improve Rural COVID-19 Response Efforts

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

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

The Latest Funding Opportunities for Broadband Deployment and Infrastructure

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

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

9:30 am
12:30 pm

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

1:00 pm
3:00 pm

Rural Action Caucus (RAC) Farm Bill Advocacy Session

Tue. February 15 | 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ESTColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level
Back to Top