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EPA Announces Stormwater Runoff from Forest Road Plan

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Julie Ufner, Associate Legislative Director

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it will revise current stormwater regulations to state that National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits are no longer required for stormwater discharges from forest roads.

NACo's 'Counties Work' Game Receives National Recognition

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Jim Philipps, Media Relations Manager

NACo has received a 2012 Gold Circle Award for Innovative Communications from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) for its online game, Counties Work, which educates students about the role and responsibilities of county government.

Counties Continue to Roll Out Smartphone Applications

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Charlie Ban, Staff Writer, NACo County News

As smartphone use increases across demographics, counties are continuing to take advantage of the popularity of mobile applications to deliver information and service to residents.

Returning Troops Focus of NACo Annual Town Hall Session

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Jim Sawyer, Financial Services Corporation Director; Maeghan Gilmore, Program Director

The troops are coming home to our counties after admirably serving the country in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many will be looking for jobs, some will seek counseling services, and others will need assistance with their families.

Counties Reach Out to Communities During National County Government Month

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Jim Philipps, Media Relations Manager

James Madison argued in 1822 information is essential for a popular and effective government. That’s why it’s critical that counties remain committed, creative and aggressive informing the communities they serve about the role and responsibilities of county government, and the essential services and programs available. During the month of April, hundreds of counties did just that during the 2012 National County Government Month.

MACo Endorses the NACo Prescription Discount Card Program

Posted Date: 
May 26, 2012
Contact: 
Shantil Siaperas, Montana Association of Counties

The Montana Association of Counties now officially endorses the NACo Prescription Discount Card Program, which is one of the largest discount programs in the country serving county residents.

House Votes to Change Budget Agreement

Posted Date: 
May 21, 2012
Contact: 
Paul Beddoe & Marilina Sanz, NACo Associate Legislative Directors

The House of Representatives passed the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act (H.R. 5652) May 10 by a 218–199 vote.

Off-System Bridge Program

Posted Date: 
May 9, 2012
Contact: 
Bob Fogel, Senior Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

The Senate-House Conference Committee on the reauthorization of the surface transportation program met for the first time yesterday.  Nothing substantive occurred and it will now be up to staff to work out the necessary compromises that could lead to the legislation being enacted.  As you know, NACo was successful in getting Senators Blunt (R-MO) and Casey (D-PA) to successfully offer a bipartisan amendment to restore off-system bridge funding to the Senate bill.  It is essential that the Senate language prevail in the Conference Committee, which would mean that approximately $650 million in federal off-system bridge funds would be available annually, much of it going to counties.  

Suspension of New Forest Highway Designation Requests

Posted Date: 
May 9, 2012
Contact: 
Phyllis Chun, Planning & Programs Manager for the Western Area, Federal Highway Admistration

Please note memo below from Phyllis Chun Planning and Program Manager for the Western Area, Federal Highway Administration announcing that they have suspended NEW requests for designations of roads as Forest Highways.  With the uncertainly about future funding for this program in whatever Congress may end up passing as new Transportation bill, this was determined to be the prudent thing to do.  This decision WILL NOT AFFECT any current designations, including those recently approved.

Farmers Market Promotion Program Grants Available

Posted Date: 
May 1, 2012
Contact: 
Anita Cardwell, National Association of Counties

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) provides funding to improve and expand domestic farmers’ markets and other types of direct-to-consumer food market operations. Nearly $10 million is available to eligible entities including local governments. Priority will be given to projects in low-income areas or areas considered to be “food deserts.” The application deadline is May 21.