MACo enhances the public service mission of counties by promoting integrity and providing proactive leadership while acknowledging and respecting Montana’s diversity.
With 2019 nearing an end, the National Association of Counties (NACo) is leading a coalition of counties, school districts and other interested organizations in sending a letter to congressional leaders urging them to fully fund the Payments In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program for FY 2020 and reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program until a permanent solution is developed. Congress must work quickly to pass several bills to keep the government open and fund important programs before the end of the year – ideal opportunities to fully fund PILT and reauthorize the SRS program.
Applications are now open for the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2020 Achievement Awards! The Achievement Awards Program is a non-competitive awards program that seeks to recognize innovative county government programs. One outstanding program from each category will be selected as the “Best of Category.”
NACo is encouraging our divided government to unite and develop and pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill to address key priorities that include a fix to reoccurring shortages in the Highway Trust fund, an effort to create efficiencies such as accelerating the federal permitting process, while continuing to provide environmental protections, and to deliver a well-functioning national infrastructure network driven by a long-term vision and funding stability.
The National Association of Counties (NACo) Community, Economic, and Workforce Development (CEWD) Committee met off site at the Boulder Highway Collaborative Campus for the first meeting. The Boulder Highway Campus is an innovative and affordable housing site created in partnership with NV HAND, Clark County, the Boys & Girls Club and the Lutheran Social Services of Southern Nevada. It highlighted the collaborative efforts to address affordable & workforce housing.
WASHINGTON – At the National Association of Counties (NACo) 84th Annual Conference and Exposition, Cascade County, Mont. Commissioner Joe Briggs was elected to serve on NACo’s Executive Committee as the West region representative.
On Friday July 12, the T&T Steering Committee convened for official business during the NACO Annual Conference. Outside the temperature was in the 105-108 range but inside the facility we moved the business of NACo and MACo forward.
County officials are encouraged to participate in the NACo High Performance Leadership Academy (HPLA). The curriculum is delivered by successful leaders from a number of different sectors including some of the world’s foremost thought leaders including General Colin Powell and Marshall Goldsmith.
The 2019 NACo Western Interstate Region (WIR) Conference was held May 15-17 in Spokane, Washington. This Conference brings together county officials from across the nation to focus on pressing issues facing counties and our residents. Each year the conference is hosted by a county within the fifteen Western states—Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai’i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming—and provides attendees with the opportunity to interact with federal, state, and regional policymakers, participate in educational sessions, and take home tools to address challenges.
On March 2, the Telecommunications & Technology Steering Committee convened for official business during the Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. At the meeting, members were joined by several Capitol Hill staffers who provided updates on legislative activities to improve and advance rural broadband as well as legislation to rescind the Federal Communication Commissions’ (FCC) controversial 5G order. Afterwards, the committee considered three proposed interim policy resolutions.