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.
The purpose of these summits will be to:
- Introduce counties to innovative approaches to economic development using the WealthWorks framework and principles as a guide,
- Assist counties in building strategies to strengthen relationships among local and regional players in community and economic development,
- Work with counties to identify ways to deepen and sustain current economic development activities, based on local assets, and
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.