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September 26 – 30, 2021

MACo’s 2021 Annual Conference is scheduled for September 26-30 in Kalispell at the Hilton Garden Inn, and all elected officials are invited to attend.

Venue/Location Information

Hilton Garden Inn
1840 Highway 93 South
Kalispell, MT
(406) 756-4500

We are a member services organization, and we represent the wide-ranging interests of our 56 member counties through education and advocacy. Our upcoming conference provides a unique opportunity to build and strengthen relationships, and we look forward to your participation!

Event Materials & Resources

Prior to the conference, all MACo members will be sent conference materials via email.

IMPORTANT: We are providing virtual access for those who wish to participate remotely, which will be sent via email prior to the conference. If you’re interested in participating remotely and didn’t receive the access information, please contact MACo Staff: shantil@mtcounties.org.

MACo Committee Meetings

MACo’s Committees Are Convening!

MACo’s Policy Committees are convening September 28th.  The meetings are split into two blocks of time with four committees meeting from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. and four meeting from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Members are encouraged to attend committee meetings regardless of holding a position on the committee.

Meeting Block 1  |  8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Meeting Block 2 | 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

What Are MACo Committees?

MACo’s Policy Committees are essential to our Association’s operation, as they represent the interests of the members and serve to guide the actions of the Association. 

What Are They Doing at the Conference ?

We just completed a legislative year, so instead of working on resolutions and policy statements (as we did last year) the committees will be hearing from various speakers and having timely and pertinent round-table discussions that could very well lead to committee resolutions—one of the first steps to MACo’s 2023 legislative package!

We encourage everyone to attend the meeting(s) of his/her choice.  Even if you are not an appointed member on a committee, your input and voice is valuable and will be heard.   Please get involved.  We can’t be successful without your participation!

Montana County Coalition Meetings

Montana County Coalitions Are Also Convening!

Montana County Coalitions are separate entities from MACo–not like MACo Committees, which are created within and managed by the Association.  Because many members are all gathered in the same location for MACo Conferences, they often choose to convene outside of conference hours to conduct some business. Very smart! See below to see what coalitions are coming together and when.

Monday, September 27:  4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Montana Coalition of Forest Counties (CFC):  Agenda
  • Montana Association of Oil, Gas & Coal Counties (OGC):  Agenda
Tuesday, September 28:  4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • 6-County Fort Peck Lake Group:  Agenda
  • Coalition of Wildlife Counties:  Agenda
Wednesday, September 29
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
  • Montana Association of Reservation Counties:  Agenda
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
(or upon adjournment of the General Session, whichever is sooner)
  • Montana Hard Rock Mining Counties Coalition:  Agenda
  • MACo Urban Counties Coalition (created under MACo):  Agenda

MACo Board of Directors, Boards of Trustees & HCT Trust Members

MACo BOD, Trustees & HCT Trust Members Will Convene

MACo’s Board of Directors, Health Care Trust (HCT) Board of Trustees, Property & Casualty Trust/Workers’ Compensation Trust (PCT/WCT) Board of Trustees, and the Trust Members for the HCT will also all convene during our Annual Conference.

Sunday, September 26
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • WCT/PCT Trustees Lunch Meeting
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • MACo Board of Directors Meeting:  More Info
Wednesday September 29:  7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
  • HCT Trustees Breakfast Meeting
Wednesday September 29:  4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • HCT Member Meeting:  Agenda

American Hero Quilt Project

“The American Hero Quilt Project” is on again this year during the MACo Annual Conference in Kalispell. Please bring your sewing machine, rotary cutter, mat and ruler and any other basic sewing supplies.  We will spend our time making red, white, and blue quilts that will be given to injured soldiers at the Madigan Army Hospital in Washington State. In 2019 we made 8 quilt tops, so let’s try to beat that number this year!

The Forsyth PieceMakers Quilt Guild will furnish the backing and batting, finish quilting them and ship them or deliver them to the hospital.  If you don’t sew, that’s okay.  We will teach you how to cut, press or design.  There is a place for everyone!!

You can come for an hour, a day or for the whole process.  Do not feel obligated to stay the whole time.  We welcome everyone for as much time as they would like to spend.

Our Ask: We also ask that each county please bring at least 1 yard of red, white, or blue fabric. We also use cream, beige, or gold. (The fabric cannot have any sparkle or metallic thread in it.)

If any of the exhibitors would like to bring one yard of material, it would be greatly appreciated. And please feel free to be a part of this project!

If you have any questions, please e-mail Marlys Lee at marlyslee@rangewb.net or call her at (406) 346-2969 (home) or (406) 351-3039 (cell).

Thank you so much for helping make this project successful every year.  We look forward to seeing you in Kalispell!

Notice Regarding Venue/Location

The venue hotel is booked, but we have overflow rooms reserved at two other hotels (info below). When making your reservation, be sure to ask for in-house reservations and refer to the MACo Conference in order to get the $96 (plus tax) state rate:

Cancellation Policy

Registration will be refunded minus administrative costs only if cancellation is requested in writing by e-mailing either khouston@mtcounties.org or smcgowan@mtcounties.org no later than September 17th.

Conference Contact Information

Main Contact

Karen Houston
Phone: 406-441-5481
khouston@mtcounties.org

Secondary Contact

Sara McGowan
Phone: 406-449-4360
smcgowan@mtcounties.org

Venue/Location Information

Hilton Garden Inn (click here to get directions)
1840 Highway 93 South, Kalispell, MT  |  (406) 756-4500