MACo Director Michael Sanderson Tapped to Lead County Association Peers

Michael Sanderson, MACo’s Executive Director, has been elected as President of the Conference of Southern County Associations (CSCA) – a regional group of county associations from 15 states.

MACo hosted the CSCA Annual Conference on May 4-6 in Annapolis. CSCA’s members are the Executive Directors of county associations from 15 southeastern states – the organization represents 45% of the nation’s counties.

CSCA Conference attendees discussed the local impacts of national issues like the Zika virus and the drug epidemic.

Conference attendees included the Executive Directors, legislative, research, and communications staff from the various associations. They meet annually to discuss regional policy issues and association governance best practices.

On the agenda for this year were topics such as: the Zika virus, recycling regulations, the Flint water crisis, the national heroin/drug epidemic, wage increases for exempt employees, and policy updates from the National Association of Counties (NACo) leadership.

As part of their annual business meeting, the membership elected MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson to serve a one-year term as President of CSCA. Immediate Past President Chris Villines, Executive Director of the Association of Arkansas Counties commented on the conference and Mr. Sanderson’s election:

CSCA is one of the most beneficial peer-to-peer groups I am a member of, and the exchange of ideas strengthens county associations across the region. This association prepares us all to look at common issues and work cooperatively to help our counties speak in unison. I am excited to see Michael Sanderson elected as president of CSCA. His ability to facilitate the exchange of ideas will be invaluable for us, not to mention the example he has set with MACo’s forward-thinking and very effective association. We look forward to his leadership of CSCA.

Other highlights of the conference included a review of legislation-tracking software, comparisons of grassroots advocacy efforts, and training on social media and press relations as advocacy tools.

The attendees also toured Annapolis, taking in the history and culture of the town by visiting the Banneker-Douglass Museum, the State House, and the Naval Academy.

Thanks to the following sponsors for their support of the CSCA conference: Association of Arkansas Counties, Capitol Impact, Cigna, LGIT, PNC Bank, and WGL Energy Services, Inc.