MISSION Strengthen America’s counties.
VISION Healthy, safe and vibrant counties across America.
When counties are united at the national level, we are an immense force for the public good. Throughout the past year, NACo multiplied that force alongside our members.
We achieved significant victories on some of the most important issues counties, parishes and boroughs face. These included disaster preparedness and recovery; the opioid epidemic and other substance abuse; mental illness in jails; affordable housing; infrastructure; federal public lands and active forest management, to name a few.
Through the “Connecting the Unconnected” initiative, we highlighted how counties connect residents to society. Focusing on technology, data and financing, we showcased how counties deliver people-centered services that help our residents live well and thrive. This initiative also supported several new programs:
- The TestIT app collects accurate data on the availability of high-speed internet. This will help us advocate for broadband infrastructure investments to bridge the digital divide.
- NACo invested in the future of the county government workforce. With the High Performance Leadership Academy and Enterprise Cybersecurity Leadership Academy, counties have access to affordable, world-class online training for rising stars in county government.
- NACo and the National Sheriffs’ Association created a task force to reduce jail inmate recidivism through continuity of health care services.
The 2018-19 Annual Report provides a snapshot of NACo’s accomplishments on behalf of the nation’s 3,069 counties.
We thank our members and partners. We look forward to continuing to work with you, as we strengthen our force for the public good.
In partnership with the Professional Development Academy, including Gen. Colin Powell, NACo launched the High Performance Leadership Academy and Enterprise Cybersecurity Leadership Academy – world-class online professional development designed for county employee
20 county leaders participated in the County Leadership Institute
Since its inception 15 years ago, 243 total counties, parishes and boroughs in 44 states and 18 state associations of counties have been represented in the program
- Disaster Recovery Reform Act prohibited FEMA from taking back funds provided to local governments starting three years after the funding is released
- Maintained investments in key economic and workforce development programs, including Community Development Block Grants, Economic Development Administration and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
- New active forest management authorities for federal agencies to partner with counties and renewed legislative traction on permanent Secure Rural Schools funding
- Spearheaded local feedback on the EPA’s new “Waters of the U.S.” rule
- Secured local government consultation requirements with the Army Corps of Engineers in the Water Resources Development Act
- Included the Second Chance Act in justice reform bill, providing consistent investments in local reentry programs to help reduce recidivism
- Preserved the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by maintaining eligibility and work requirements for SNAP recipients
- With the TestIT app, helping to improve the FCC’s broadband mapping process and subsequently the broadband funding decisions made by the federal government
» 9,500 app downloads with over 60,000 tests
- Five-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration, including wins for counties that own or are involved in airports
- Favorable ruling in the South Dakota v. Wayfair decision regarding online sales tax collection
Secured increased federal investments in programs important to counties:
Payments in Lieu of Taxes: fully funded at $515 million
Secure Rural Schools: $261 million
2020 Census: $3.8 billion, a $1-billion increase
Opioids & Substance Abuse: $1.4-billion increase to fight the opioid epidemic
Farm Bill: Five-year, $867-billion reauthorization to support rural and underserved communities
USDA Rural Development: $3 billion, including $550 million for rural broadband
Focusing on major opportunities and threats, including:
Transportation and infrastructure⎪ FCC regulations that impact local zoning authority⎪ Long-term PILT/SRS funding certainty and active forest management⎪ National Flood Insurance Program⎪ Entitlement program reform⎪ “Waters of the U.S.” rule finalization⎪ Online sales tax Supreme Court ruling impacts⎪ Election security⎪ Opioid epidemic and other substance abuse
Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails
NACo, The Council of State Governments Justice Center, the American Psychiatric Association Foundation and other partners continued efforts to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails
With the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the New Venture Fund, NACo is providing counties with resources and tools on important information related to Census 2020 to ensure fair and accurate counts
Counties Advancing Economic Mobility and Opportunity
Launched a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to assess the barriers to economic mobility and share scalable, transferable programs across the country
Connecting the Unconnected: Counties Addressing Poverty
Under the leadership of NACo President Greg Cox, NACo embarked on an initiative focused on the critical role counties play in delivering people-centered services to vulnerable populations through effective use of technology, data and financing
Counties Matter Campaign
Refreshed the Counties Matter campaign with updated data and graphics featured in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and The Hill
616 Achievement Awards were given to counties and state associations in 32 states
My County Works – an activity book for elementary students – distributed more than 4,300 copies, and thousands more through 970 online downloads
Counties Work educational game – more than 2 million game plays since its 2017 launch
County Solutions middle and high school curriculum – 13,000 downloads since 2017
Additional signature projects include:
MacArthur Foundation Safety & Justice Challenge⎪ Pritzker Children’s Impact Network⎪ County Health Rankings and Roadmaps⎪ Data-Driven Justice Initiative⎪ Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge⎪ Healthy Counties Initiative⎪ Resilient Counties Initiative⎪ Creative Counties Placemaking Program⎪ Strengthening Economies in the West: An Economic Diversification Initiative for Coal-Reliant Communities⎪ USDA Rural Economic Development Challenge⎪ SolSmart Initiative⎪
Livestreaming & Webinars
Delivered 162 webinars, conference workshop recordings and livestreamed events – including the PILT/SRS Capitol Hill press conference and topics like ethics and leadership, affordable housing, early childhood development, immigration reform, county resiliency and infrastructure – with over 12,000 attendees and viewers
NACo.org and County Explorer
31 interactive toolkits and reports, utilizing infographics, interactive charts and maps, photos, videos and more
Updated County Explorer includes the latest data for the nation’s 3,069 counties and has more than 800 indicators, each telling a unique county story
More than 100 new videos, with more than 89,900 views and 90 days of watch time – a watch time increase of over 50%
NACo’s Defined Contribution and Retirement Services Program offers county employees a voluntary, tax-deferred savings opportunity to supplement employer-sponsored retirement plans. It also offers a 401(a) match and stand-alone defined contribution plans.
NACo FSC Revenue Recovery
NACo FSC’s new local government debt offset service helps counties collect outstanding debt in a timely, cost-effective manner. The service allows counties to compile and submit delinquencies for offset against pending state personal income tax refunds and lottery winnings.
Standing Committee Chairs
Policy Steering Committee Chairs
Board of Directors
NACo Officials on Federal/External Boards and Committees
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Foundations and Non-Profits
Large Urban County Caucus
Resilient Counties and Community and Economic Development
Rural Action Caucus