Jacobs Promotes County Priorities at NACo Legislative Conference
Chair Wendy Jacobs joined more than 160 county officials from North Carolina and representatives from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) at the National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. Over 1,700 county leaders throughout the country convened for the conference, which was held February 24 to March 1.
Also attending the conference were Vice Chair James Hill and Commissioner Brenda Howerton.
The conference provided an opportunity for county leaders to meet with federal policy makers from the Trump Administration and Congress to promote county legislative priorities including mental health reform, protection for municipal bonds, enhanced services for opioid and substance abuse, and marketplace fairness measures. The conference offered more than two dozen educational workshops on issues impacting counties such as the opioid crisis, homelessness, workforce and economic development, transportation and infrastructure, public health and safety, mental health and jails, and cybersecurity and technology.
Jacobs added, “NACo offered an impressive lineup of workshops. Of particular interest were an outlook for Federal Legislative and Policy Issues impacting counties, the Opioid Epidemic and Reinvesting Justice Dollars to reduce Mental Illness in Jails.”
Conference attendees heard from U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Mark Warner, U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop and White House Intergovernmental Affairs Director Justin Clark. In addition, the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners hosted its annual Congressional Breakfast, which was widely attended by the North Carolina federal Congressional delegation. Many delegates pledged to work with counties on the 10 federal priorities adopted by the NCACC Board of Directors for 2017-18.
While attending the conference, Commissioners participated in a special breakfast for the NC Congressional Delegation. Durham County Commissioners also paid office visits to Senators Tillis and Burr and Representatives Price and Butterfield to discuss local and regional issues.
The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. Founded in 1935, NACo assists America’s 3,069 counties in pursuing excellence in public service to produce healthy, vibrant, safe and resilient counties. NACo promotes sound public policies, fosters county solutions and innovation, promotes intergovernmental and public-private collaboration and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money. More information at: www.naco.org.