83rd Annual NACo Conference Update
Richie Beyer
NACE Legislative Committee Chairman


During July 13-16, 2018, county officials converged on Nashville/Davidson County, TN, for the 83rd Annual NACo Conference and Exposition. NACE had several members along with our new Executive Director Kevan Stone represent our organization during the conference events.

The conference began for most NACE members on Friday with a day full of Transportation Steering Committee activities. Our own Kevan Stone assisted NACo by staffing the committee meetings. The Honorable Judge Gary Moore, Judge/ Executive from Boone County, KY, chaired what would prove to be his last set of meetings as the steering committee chair. Committee members heard a range of topics related to freight rail, a new rural bridge bundling program, smart technologies, and federal planning efforts before finishing the day adopting nine previously approved transportation related resolutions. NACE had two specific resolutions that were reintroduced for adoption: Support of Direct Funding to Local Governments for the Improvement and Maintenance of Locals Roads in America within any Proposed Infrastructure Spending Bill and Support of Eliminating Regulatory Impediments for Effective Delivery of Federal Aid Projects.

Your NACE Executive Committee spent the day on Saturday reviewing NACE financials, discussing strategic plan items, examining exit surveys related to our NACE 2018 Conference, and reporting on regional and grant related activities before participating in the NACo Board Forum. The NACo Board Forum included talks from two White House officials, Ja’Ron Smith (Special Assistant to the President, White House Office of Legislative Affairs) and Britt Carter (Associate Director, White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs). After the presentations by the Administration representatives, NACo’s Executive Director Matt Chase presented a proposal entitled NACo’s High Performance Leadership Academy. The proposal would be approved unanimously by the NACo Board at its Sunday’s Board of Director’s Business meeting.

On Sunday, I represented NACE at the NACo Board of Director’s Business meeting. The board heard many committee reports and updates on ongoing projects including NACo Executive Director Matt Chase’s report and the preliminary findings of a membership focus group and digital survey. The group ended the meeting hearing reports from all NACo steering committees and then voting on the reports. Two policy steering committees had a single contentious resolution that were removed from the committee’s resolution slate and were voted on separately after all committee reports were completed.

Mixed in with all the committee meetings, over three dozen workshops and technical sessions took place during the annual conference. The conference ended with the interesting election of NACo’s 2018-2019 2nd Vice-President. After three rounds of balloting amongst the candidates, Judge Gary Moore, Judge/Executive from Boone County, KY, was elected 2nd Vice President. Moore joined 1st Vice President Mary Ann Borgeson, President Greg Cox, and Immediate Past President Roy Charles Brooks being sworn in to their new positions. President Cox announced his presidential initiative, Connecting the Unconnected. The Initiative will explore ways that county governments are connecting our residents in the spirit of building healthy, safe and vibrant communities. This initiative builds on NACo’s previous effort, Serving the Underserved, by continuing to inform and illustrate how counties connect all residents, including our most vulnerable citizens, to services that help forge pathways to residents’ self-sufficiency.

As NACE’s representative to the NACo Board, it is refreshing to see NACE’s increasing partnership with our elected officials. The addition of Kevan Stone and the work of many present and past NACE leaders has us in position to take our advocacy efforts to another level. I thank you for the honor of representing our association on the NACo Board of Directors and look forward to our continued progression as an association.



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