2015 Fall RAC Symposium Agenda

Chair Hon. Lynn Padgett, Commission Chair, Ouray County, CO
Vice Chair Hon. J.D. Clark, County Judge, Wise County, TX
Vice Chair Hon. Kenneth Dahlstedt, Commissioner, Skagit County, WA
Vice Chair Hon, Craig Gregory, Council Member, St. Martin Parish, LA
Vice Chair Hon. Tommie Cline Martin, Supervisor, Gila County, AZ
Vice Chair Hon. Mandy Metzger, Supervisor, Coconino County, AZ
Vice Chair Hon. Michael Victorino, Council Member, Maui County, HI

Symposium Agenda

Wednesday, October 14 (Optional Pre-Symposium Events)

9:00am to 4:00pm

Backcountry Jeep Tour (*Special Pre-Registration Required)

Open air Jeeps will tour the two oldest hydro-electric plants in the nation and visit the Ouray Ice Park, historic Atlas Mill, Yankee Boy Basin and Governor Basin. In Governor Basin members will look at a proposed Good Samaritan project site. The tour will also visit the historic town sites of Ironton and Red Mountain Town. This field trip will highlight rural economic development efforts and quality of life enhancement through motorized and other outdoor recreational opportunities, resource extraction, forest health, and discuss the need for full funding of the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) programs.

Cost: $95 (Includes Lunch)

Thursday, October 15 (Optional Pre-Symposium Events)

10:00am to 7:00pm

Durango-Siverton Narrow Gage Railroad Tour (*Special Pre-Registration Required)

Shuttles will pick up attendees at their lodging and drive to Silverton over the Million Dollar Highway, about 30 miles (1 hour) to the south. Members will be given the opportunity to explore the historic mining town of Silverton's business district and have lunch in Silverton. At the Silverton Train Station, members will board a first class rail car departing at 1:45PM. Members will be joined by a representative of the historical society. Due to the off-season timing, members will shuttle back to Ouray after arriving in Durango at 5:15 pm and go straight to the RAC Welcome Reception.

Cost: $179 (Not including shuttle)

7:30pm to 9:30pm

RAC Welcome Reception 

Join RAC leadership, NACo colleagues and Ouray County guests for a Welcome Reception featuring an evening of networking with hors d’oeuves, drinks and unique southwestern fare.

Friday, October 16

7:30am Telluride Express Shuttle (three 15-person shuttles)
8:00am to 8:30am

Networking Breakfast - Ouray County Fairgrounds and 4H Event Center

22739 Highway 550 
Ridgway, CO 81432

8:30am to 10:30am

2015 RAC Strategy Session

This discussion will examine ways to make NACo’s Rural Action Caucus more relevant in the federal legislative and policy arena. Caucus members will take an in-depth look at the annual calendar of events to determine how to efficiently and effectively address key county priorities through RAC engagements.

10:30am to 12:00pm

Rural Substance Abuse Trends and Drug Trafficking

Rural areas are seeing a surge in heroin use. The rise comes as Mexican heroin production has increased in recent years. Officials seized 1,989 kilograms of heroin at the Southwest border, from Texas to California, in 2012 - up from 487 kilograms in 2008. Administered by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) under the U.S. Department of Justice, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program provides assistance to federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the United States. This panel will discuss drug abuse trends in rural America and how counties can utilize the HIDTA program.

12:00pm to 1:00pm Networking Lunch (Guest Speaker Spot)
1:00pm to 2:30pm

Preparing for an Aging Rural Population

The demographic of older adults is growing more rapidly than at any other time in the country’s history. By 2030, 1 in every 5 Americans will be 65 or over—and even more in many rural areas. Local governments and community leaders must prepare to capitalize on the opportunities an aging society presents and prepare to meet the unique needs that older adults have. This session will provide an overview of area agencies on aging and the broader national aging network and how rural communities are preparing for the increasingly aging population.


Combating Rural Childhood Poverty

The White House Rural Council recently announced renewed efforts to address childhood poverty in rural areas. As the Senior Policy Advisor on Rural Affairs, Doug McKalip will lead this initiative. This session will provide an in-depth look at the overall goals of the initiative and identify opportunities for counties to participate.

6:00pm Adjourn
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Dinner - Beaumont Hotel

505 Main Street
Ouray, CO 81427

Saturday, October 17

8:00am Telluride Express Shuttle (three 15-person shuttles)
8:30am to 9:00am

Networking Breakfast - Special Guest Speaker - Ouray County Fairgrounds and 4H Event Center

22739 Highway 550
Ridgway, CO 81432

9:00am to 12:00pm

Mobile Workshop: Ridgway Historic Business District (Ridgway Creative District)

Tour will highlight Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) benefits for rural small businesses in the new Creative District and examine a Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnerships (RAMP) project featuring local-state partnership to pave the district and create a more pedestrian-friendly environment. MFA gives states and local governments the ability to enforce existing sales tax laws allowing Main Street retailers to compete on a level playing field against out-of-state Internet retailers.

12:00pm to 1:00pm Catered Lunch
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Mobile Workshop: Acme Greenhouse and Wellness Center

Members will visit the Acme Greenhouse and Wellness Center for a discussion with representatives from the Department of Revenue, Sheriff’s Department, Public Health Department and County Attorney regarding the nuances of a marijuana grow facility in the county.

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Mobile Workshop: Log Hill Mesa Overlook and County Road 1

The Ouray County school system no longer operates bus routes on County Road 1 - a proposed TIGER Grant Project - due to the high cost of maintaining and repairing busses servicing this route. The tour will discuss the need for a long-term reauthorization of the federal surface transportation bill, MAP-21, and examine impacts the measure has on county infrastructure and services.

3:30pm Adjourn

Sunday, October 18 (Optional Post-Symposium Events)

9:00am to 5:00pm

Ridgway Cascade Bike Tour (*Special Pre-Registration Required)

Interested members will meet at Cascade Bikes in Ridgway at 9:00 am for light breakfast fare and hear about the history and benefits of the new Ridgway Area Trail (RAT) system on a combination of Town, BLM, and State Park land. Cascade Bikes will outfit participants with a mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle. RAT members will lead a ride down the River Trail path toward popular trails that are part of the Weaver (Dennis Weaver) system and the newest trail system. This field trip will highlight regional rural economic development efforts and need for full funding of PILT/SRS. Trailside box lunch will be served. Riders can choose to walk or ride up to a scenic overlook. There will be easy-moderate and moderate-advanced options. There will not be 8 hours of solid riding.

Cost: $30 Hard-Tail Bike/$50 - Full-Suspension Bike (Includes Lunch)

10:00am to 3:00pm

Ouray Trail Group Tour (*Special Pre-Registration Required)

Hike will be led by members of the Ouray Trail Group which voluntarily maintains and builds (in partnership with USFS) hundreds of miles of public trails in the National Forests within Ouray County. Hike will feature the Ouray Perimeter Trail, which provides outdoor recreational opportunities for locals and visitors and has a very positive economic impact on the City of Ouray and Ouray County. Boxed lunch will be served trailside in Box Canyon Falls Park. Bring hiking gear, water bottle, trail snack, camera, waterproof layers and weather appropriate clothes/hat/gloves.

Cost: $12 (Includes Lunch)

About Arthur Scott (Full Bio)

Associate Legislative Director – Political Outreach Manager

Arthur Scott serves as Associate Legislative Director for NACo’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs portfolio, lobbying on a broad range of issues facing rural counties. Arthur also serves as Political Outreach Manager for NACo developing and leveraging strategic partnerships to help address key county priorities in Congress and the Administration.

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