July 2020

NACE Update from President Scott McGolpin

I hope this month’s letter finds all of you, your families, and colleagues safe and healthy from the pandemic we are all experiencing. Here in Santa Barbara County, we are experiencing increased COVID-19 cases at the moment which has unfortunately required the Governor to initiate the second round of business closures across California. My hope is this round will not be as long as the first as small businesses within our community just cannot bear much more of this.

As you may know, Monday was NACE’s 64th Birthday. What began as a small group of people who met as an aside at a National Association of Counties Meeting 64 years ago, has turned into an organization its founders can certainly be proud of. The past week few weeks have illustrated this statement emphatically.

Last week, a delegation of NACE members from 6 states were invited to the White House for an event hosted by President Trump on the South Lawn. This was memorable for many reasons, but two resonate with me. First, being invited to the White House is not something one gets to do every day, but the second reason reminds me how far we have come as an organization. In 2020 alone, NACE members have been invited to an event with the President of the United States twice, had meetings with numerous Executive Branch agencies in the White House, and participated in events with congressional committee chairmen. Also, it is not every day we see the White House retweeting NACE!

When we look at new highway bills coming out of the House and Senate, we see a direct correlation between what we advocate for, and what is being written as legislative text. This is no coincidence. When we hear the President announce new executive orders on infrastructure project permit reform, we know our voices are being heard. I take great pride in knowing we played a part in the formulation of these policies. I take even more pride when I know that when our federal government addresses infrastructure, a seat is saved for NACE at that all-important table. This is not something we will take for granted and continue to advocate for county infrastructure priorities.

I would like to pause for a moment here to thank all of our NACE Former Leaders who have built this outstanding organization into what it is today. Their efforts on Capitol Hill and with federal agencies over the last six decades have built a level of trust in Washington, DC that has opened these doors. Those heavy lifts from the past have provided the opportunities for all of us today to be heard as the voice of county road officials.

When I or our Executive Director travel the country, we try not only to update our affiliates on the goings-on in Washington and within NACE, but to translate the value of membership and involvement in the Association. This past year alone represents what I feel is a monumental return on your investment, and we intend for it to grow even more in the years to come.

NACE is also working to improve our corporate relations. Realizing that many of our corporate members and sponsors are also struggling through this unprecedented public health crisis, NACE is working towards adding new services and opportunities for our supporters to get their products and services in front of our members. As hard as it was for NACE to cancel this year’s conference, it was just as hard on these good people. Each of them is dedicated to our organization and they rely on the connections and business they receive from our membership.

With this in mind, this week, myself and Corporate Services Chairman Mark Servi hosted a virtual meet and greet with our corporate friends and look forward to continuing a dialogue to bring even more value to their NACE membership. We look forward to introducing you to more products and services from our partners in the coming months as we work towards our conference in Palm Springs next April.

I do have a few trips on the horizon with Wisconsin being my first state visit in a COVID year. I very much look forward to seeing everyone there in a couple of weeks and seeing all of you at events once conferences are all back online and travel begins in earnest again. In the meantime, if anyone would like to reach out to me to discuss NACE or anything else please do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached at [email protected] or my cell phone (805) 896-5574.

Thank you to each of you for the tremendous value you bring to NACE by being a member of this outstanding organization, and for your public service.


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