2023 NACo Annual Conference & Exposition


2023 NACo Annual Conference & Exposition

Participants from counties of all sizes come together to shape NACo’s federal policy agenda, share proven practices and strengthen knowledge networks to help improve residents’ lives and the efficiency of county government.
Thu. July 20
10:30 am

NACo's 2023 CIO Forum

Thu. July 20 | 10:30 am to 5:15 pm EDTLevel 4 | Ballroom F

This year's annual CIO Forum is focused on moving beyond being successful and making an impact by building resiliency through neurodiversity and skills training for IT, as well as developing short term and long-term strategies that bring innovation and transformation and keeps pace with the changing landscape of technology. Technology areas that will be covered include workforce, cybersecurity collaboration, change management, criminal justice and innovative opportunities.

Sat. July 22
8:00 am

NACo GIS Subcommittee Meeting

Sat. July 22 | 8:00 am to 9:45 am EDTLevel 4 | Room 18B

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Subcommittee of the Information Technology Standing Committee focuses on GIS education, national trends and proposed legislation that might affect GIS. Members are county elected officials, surveyors and planners, GIS directors and other county GIS leadership. The subcommittee will hear from national organizations and partners on relevant topics on current and future landscape of GIS policies and practices including uncrewed vehicles.

10:00 am

NACo IT Standing Committee

Sat. July 22 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm EDTLevel 4 | Room 18B

The Information Technology Standing Committee, which consists of elected officials and county IT leaders, will focus on national trends and policies that could impact county technologies. Topics will cover cyber security resiliency, technology best practices, cloud vendor checklists. An overview of NACo pilots will be shared with members as well.

1:30 pm

Arts as a Catalyst for Change: Hosted by the NACo Arts & Culture Commission

Sat. July 22 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm EDTLevel 3 | Room 8

County leaders are partnering with the arts to advance policy priorities and expand opportunities across our communities. Learn about federal policies and resources that affect the creative sector, the accomplishments and challenges facing Austin’s growing cultural scene, and strategies to deploy the arts to build more prosperous communities with highlights from both urban and rural initiatives. Hear from a national expert on economic development and from local representatives of Austin’s globally renowned arts and music scene, including an artist representative from the Austin Music Commission and the co-president of South by Southwest.

NACo Programs and Services Committee Meeting

Sat. July 22 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm EDTLevel 4 | Room 12

The NACo Programs and Services Standing Committee will receive updates on NACo’s programs and services and generate recommendations for the NACo officers and the board on future programming. This meeting is open to all conference attendees.

Sun. July 23
2:30 pm

Achieving the American Dream: Summit on Strategies to Promote Economic Mobility

Sun. July 23 | 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm EDTLevel 4 | Ballroom F

County policies, programs, partnerships and funding create pathways to improved financial prosperity for our residents. This capstone to NACo's multi-year partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will focus on four key policy areas to support inter-generational wealth-building, including equitable access to broadband, effective workforce development, housing finance and measuring progress. Presenters will feature subject matter experts as well as elected county leaders who are members of NACo’s Economic Mobility Leadership Network.

Enhancing Wellbeing: Summit on Mental Health

Sun. July 23 | 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm EDTLevel 1 | Ballroom A

In response to increasing mental health caseloads across the country, county officials are partnering with local and state leaders to develop behavioral health continuums of care. NACo’s Mental Health Commission will lead a discussion of best practices around intergovernmental partnerships that support the 988 Lifeline and crisis response, the entry point to behavioral health systems of care; bolster the increased need and resulting shortage of a behavioral health workforce; and to address exclusionary policies that often preclude effective behavioral health care options that can reduce recidivism and other cyclical service utilization patterns.

Mon. July 24
3:00 pm

The Opioid Epidemic in Rural America: Creating Justice System Pathways to Care

Mon. July 24 | 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm EDTLevel 3 | Room 9 B & C

While no corner of the country has been untouched by the opioid epidemic, the overdose crisis has hit rural America particularly hard. Between 1999 and 2015, overdose deaths increased 325 percent in rural counties. Additionally, people with substance use disorder are often routed into the legal system and incarcerated, which may disrupt treatment and increase overdose risks. Hear from members of NACo's Opioid Solutions Leadership Network and the Reaching Rural Initiative about how rural counties are adopting solutions to the persistent challenges in addressing substance use disorder.

Enacting Policies and Service Delivery that Benefit All

Mon. July 24 | 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDTLevel 4 | Room 11

County leaders can help improve the trajectory for everyone in our communities by making equitable decisions in policy and service delivery. Learn about the unique opportunities open to each of us, regardless of our function in county government, and how we can leverage resources to ensure equity is central to our governance.

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