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AI County Compass: A Comprehensive Toolkit for Local Governance and Implementation of Artificial Intelligence

The NACo AI Compass and Resource Hub provides county governments with essential tools and knowledge to navigate the complexities of generative artificial intelligence (GenAI). This toolkit covers key themes such as responsible applications, policy models, ethical frameworks, and workforce preparation, helping counties leverage GenAI for improved operations and services.



Housing Affordability for America's Counties

Discover how counties play a crucial role in addressing the housing crisis through community planning, zoning, financial policies, and federal partnerships in our "Housing America's Residents" series of briefs.

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County Policy Playbook for an Equitable Economic Recovery

In July of 2021, NACo’s Economic Mobility Leadership Network (EMLN) launched a small sub-cohort within the EMLN to focus on developing equitable economic recovery initiatives that ensure short- and long-term recovery and sustainability.

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Bridging Divides: Tools for County Leaders to Overcome Division and Foster Collaboration

Part of NACo President Mary Jo McGuire’s “Forward Together” theme, the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution has developed a toolkit to help county leaders connect with one another, inspire trust and engagement in county government, and lead intergovernmental partnerships.


The County Maternal Health Landscape: Inequities, Barriers and Recommendations

This report highlights survey findings and insights from county officials on their role in supporting pregnant and postpartum people, addressing gaps in care, and promoting equitable maternal health outcomes.

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County Policy Priorities for Transforming the Child Welfare System

Regardless of population size, geography and available resources, counties are deeply invested in our residents’ health and well-being. Every day, we provide services that help vulnerable individuals and families thrive, functioning as an integral part of the federal, state and local partnership in human service delivery.

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Understanding the State and Local Role in Home-Based Child Care

High-quality child care is essential to the success of families and economies, and state and local leaders play an important role in ensuring this care is affordable, responsive and accessible to working families.

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County Policy Playbook for an Equitable Economic Recovery

In July of 2021, NACo’s Economic Mobility Leadership Network (EMLN) launched a small sub-cohort within the EMLN to focus on developing equitable economic recovery initiatives that ensure short- and long-term recovery and sustainability.

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Promising Practices for Collaboration on State and Local Opioid Settlement Spending

Between 2022 and 2040, states, counties and cities expect to receive over $50 billion in payments from the national opioid settlements. As settlement payments are disbursed in the coming years, continued state-local coordination is key to ensuring that these resources are effectively invested.

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Revitalizing Main Street and Urban Corridors: Exploring the Potential of Commercial to Residential Conversion Projects

This report delves into the transformative trend of converting commercial properties, including high-rise office buildings and various smaller commercial structures, into residential dwellings.

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Building a Legacy of Health: Transforming the Health and Wellbeing of Our Communities

From designing neighborhoods and public spaces, maintaining the corridors that allow us to travel within and across communities, caring for our physical and mental health, ensuring public safety, and strengthening environmental stewardship, county leaders make decisions that impact our everyday lives.

Advocacy Resources

Detailed analysis and customizable tools to support outreach on federal policy issues.


Implementing Infrastructure Investments at the County Level: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (P.L. 117-58)

On November 15, 2021, President Biden enacted the five-year, $973 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, formally known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

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Legislative Analysis for Counties: FY 2024 Appropriations

In March 2024, Congress passed and the president signed two Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 “minibus” appropriations bills to fund the federal government through September 30, 2024.

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Legislative Analysis: Impact of PFAS Regulations on Counties

NACo's analysis provides an in-depth examination of current and proposed regulations on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and their implications for county governments.

Featured Programs & Resources

NACo programs and signature projects convene county leaders, produce best practice programming, dive deep on keys issues and more.

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Opioid Solutions Center

NACo's Opioid Solutions Center empowers local leaders to invest resources in effective treatment, recovery, prevention and harm reduction practices that save lives and address the underlying causes of substance use disorder.

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NACo Commission on Mental Health and Wellbeing

Launched in February 2023, the NACo Commission on Mental Health and Wellbeing brings together county leaders from across the nation to take action to address the ever-growing mental health crisis from the county government perspective.

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Artificial Intelligence Exploratory Committee

NACo's AI Exploratory Committee covers emerging policies, practices and potential applications and consequences of Artificial Intelligence (AI), through the lens of county government governance, operations, constituent services, innovation, public trust, privacy, and security, and workforce productivity.


Building Resilient Economies in Coal Communities

BRECC serves coal communities seeking to revitalize and diversify their economies. 

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Familiar Faces Initiative

The Familiar Faces Initiative empowers communities to share data and integrate care options between health and justice systems so they can intervene earlier, improve outcomes and reduce incarceration and hospitalization rates.

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County Resources on Economic Mobility

Explore these resources to promote inclusive economic prosperity for county residents.