The County Countdown – October 23, 2023

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Every other week, NACo’s County Countdown reviews top federal policy advocacy items with an eye towards counties and the intergovernmental partnership.   

Watch the video and explore NACo resources below on some of the top issues we're covering this week. 

2024 Appropriations

NACo urges Congress to finalize fiscal year 2024 appropriations without delay, to stave off a potential government shutdown.

Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC) Symposium 

The LUCC Symposium, held this month in Orange County, Fla., offered a productive platform for county officials and our partners.

  • County-led solutions: The symposium featured in-depth dialogues on disaster readiness and response, housing affordability, mental and behavioral health, and artificial intelligence.
  • Survey: Were you there? Share your thoughts in the attendee survey

Federal Grants

NACo supports the bipartisan Streamlining Federal Grants Act, introduced last month. The bill would facilitate more straightforward grant application processes for counties.

  • Key takeaway: The legislation tasks the Office of Management and Budget with guiding federal agencies towards streamlined grant application processes.
  • Support for counties: The legislation includes a special focus on aiding counties, particularly rural counties, in accessing grant opportunities.

Black Maternal and Infant Mortality

On October 16, NACo hosted an event on disproportionate Black maternal and infant mortality rates.

  • A collaborative effort: County leaders, federal officials and thought partners identified actionable policy solutions to address this public health crisis.
  • Catch up: Watch the recording here

2024 NACo Legislative Conference

The 2024 NACo Legislative Conference is scheduled for February 10-13 in Washington, D.C. 

  • Join your peers: The conference convenes nearly 2,000 county officials to tackle federal policy matters impacting counties and citizens. 
  • Highlights: This year’s conference will include policy sessions, opportunities to engage with members of Congress, and robust interactions with federal agency representatives
  • Register today to secure early bird rates and hotel availability. 

Featured This Week


NACo sends letter to congressional leadership urging prioritization of county activities in FY 2024 appropriations

NACo has sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to prioritize federal investments in crucial local government activities through the FY 2024 appropriations process.

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2023 Large Urban County Caucus Symposium

Orange County, Fla.

The 2023 NACo Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC) Symposium will gather county executives, governing board members and other senior elected officials alongside national thought leaders and partners in Orange County, Florida to identify urban challenges and elevate solutions through peer-to-peer information exchanges and national policy discussions. 


Improving access to federal grants through the Streamlining Federal Grants Act

The Streamlining Federal Grants Act simplifies the grant application process for local governments to improve access to federal grant funding.  


Breaking Down Silos to Address Maternal and Infant Mortality: Lessons from the Local Level

Join NACo for a briefing focused on innovative county solutions to address disproportionate Black maternal and infant mortality rates


2024 NACo Legislative Conference

Washington, D.C.

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.

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Upcoming Events

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Navigating the Future of Public Finance: 2024 Top 10 Economic Outlook Mid-Year Update- Assessing Developments and Implications, a NACo EDGE Webinar

As we reach the midpoint of 2024, this webinar will explore the key insights and significant developments that have unfolded in 2024. Explore critical factors such as interest rate movements, the evolving economic landscape, inflation trends, and shifts in the role of cash as an income-generating asset.

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Panel Discussion: Strategies for Transparent and Effective County Budgeting, a NACo EDGE Webinar

Join us for an informative, live discussion as a panel of your peers share their budget transformation stories. Learn how counties like yours have adopted solutions to streamline, modernize, and strengthen how they build and communicate their budgets.

See firsthand how these counties:

  • Streamlined and modernized their budgeting approach for greater efficiency
  • Eliminated spreadsheet errors and version control issues
  • Increased collaboration between departments and internal stakeholders
  • Improved budget transparency and citizen engagement

ClearGov Speakers/Moderators:

  • Stephanie Bergman, Partner Marketing Manager, ClearGov
  • Carlie Larffarello, Senior Product Marketing Manager, ClearGov

Guest speakers:

  • Kari Miller, Assistant to the County Judge: Polk County, Texas
  • Amy Dent, Christian County Auditor; Christian County, Missouri
  • Caitlyn Glendenning, ERP Analyst: St. Johns County, Florida
  • Jesse Dunn, Management and Budget Director: St. Johns County, Florida

Promising Practices for Collaboration on State and Local Opioid Settlement Spending

This webinar is a partnership between NASHP and the National Association of Counties.


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Introducing Digital ACFR: Financial Reporting Made Easy, a NACo EDGE Webinar

Introducing Digital ACFR: Financial Reporting Made Easy

Build an award-winning ACFR in a fraction of the time

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NACo Cyberattack Simulation: Financial Access

Financial transaction systems are prime targets for cyber threats due to the value and sensitivity of the data. This cyber simulation assesses risks and fortifies safeguards within financial access systems.