Applications Open for NACo County Prosperity Summits

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is accepting applications for County Prosperity Summits. As noted on the NACo website:

NACo will host up to four one-day county summits to convene local leaders in rural and mid-size counties to generate creative solutions around local economic development opportunities.

T​he purpose of these summits will be to:

  1. Introduce counties to innovative approaches to economic development using the WealthWorks​ framework and principles as a guide,
  2. Assist counties in building strategies to strengthen relationships among local and regional players in community and economic development,
  3. Work with counties to identify ways to deepen and sustain current economic development activities, based on local assets, and
  4. Investigate ways to infuse equitable development principles into local economic strategies and improve the livelihood of vulnerable populations in persistently poor counties.

Counties are invited to apply to host a summit in their community, and NACo will work with each selected county to develop a personalized agenda and individualized content relevant to specific local issues.  Each summit will convene approximately 25-50 participants, including a broad mixture of county elected officials and staff, other local and regional public officials, business owners, representatives of the nonprofit and philanthropic community and other relevant stakeholders.

Counties with a population of 250,000 or less, or multi-county regions with a total population of 400,000 or less are eligible to apply. Applications are due October 3, 2014 at 5 p.m. EDT.

For more information visit the NACo website or contact Kathy Nothstine at