Tools to grow and strengthen county officials to create healthy, safe and vibrant counties across America.
About Counties Lead
NACo's education and training programs offer elected and appointed county officials a diverse range of resources, including webinars, intensive leadership training, workshop and more. These opportunities, designed to enhance best practices in county government, aim to bolster the skills and knowledge of leaders in county government.
Counties Lead Toolkits and Resources
This toolkit provides resources that are handpicked by NACo staff to help county officials further develop their leadership skills and traits. The page is periodically updated with new leadership resources consistently.
Explore the Curriculum
County Leadership Curriculum
The County Leadership Curriculum is a program dedicated to enhancing the professional development and leadership skills of Counties officials and staff. Recognizing the evolving landscape of Counties governance, NACo’s curriculum is designed to reflect the continuous growth essential for effective leadership.
Practical Leadership Skills
NACo High Performance Leadership Academy
The NACo High Performance Leadership Academy is an innovative, completely online 12-week program created to equip frontline county government professionals with practical leadership skills to deliver results for counties and communities.
The NACo Enterprise Cybersecurity Leadership Academy is an online 12-week collaborative readiness program led by Fortune 500 CISOs and peers who deliver a proven framework and insights on leading and securing a network and an organization.
The County Leadership Institute is a rigorous program comprised of three days of in-person instruction to enhance the capability of county officials to identify and implement innovation solutions.
The NACo County Tech Xchange is an online portal designed to connect county CIOs, IT Directors, CISOs, and other county IT leadership. This portal provides valuable resources in a central location that counties can use to improve their overall technology infrastructure.
Next Generation NACo Network
The Next Generation Network provides a grassroots forum for new county officials and their staff to network, become engaged in NACo and enhance on professional development skills.