NACo/Nationwide Now Accepting Aspire Award Submissions

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Aspire Awards. The awards, created in partnership with Nationwide Retirement Solutions, recognize county governments for innovative solutions  promoting employee retirement savings. The deadline is June 12, 2020. NACo and Nationwide Retirement Solutions have partnered to recognize county governments for innovative employees benefits with the Aspire Awards. This year, solutions could be in response to COVID-19. From NACo's website: Are you aware that…

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NACo Opens Creative Counties Placemaking Challenge

The National Association of Counties (NACo) opens the application process for the Creative Counties Placemaking Challenge. The goal of the challenge is for teams to identify and strengthen ways to integrate arts into solutions to local challenges. Winning teams will be invited to attend an in-person, one-day training and peer exchange workshop on July 16, 2020 in or around Orlando, Florida, in conjunction with NACo's Annual Conference. Teams should include at least one county official,…

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Heads Up! Deadline for NACo 2020 Interim Policy Resolutions Next Week

The National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference is a little over a month away – February 29 - March 4 – and the deadline to submit interim policy resolutions is next Wednesday, January 29. From NACo's website: The NACo resolutions process provides members with the ability to participate in national policy decisions affecting county governments. During the Legislative Conference, NACo’s ten policy steering committees and Board of Directors consider legislative and policy resolutions that will guide…

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Registration for NACo 2020 Legislative Conference Open

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has opened registration for their 2020 Legislative Conference. Conference dates at February 29 - March 4, in Washington, D. C. From NACo's website: The National Association of Counties Legislative Conference brings together nearly 2,000 elected and appointed county officials to focus on federal policy issues that impact counties and our residents. Attendees have the opportunity to engage in second-to-none policy sessions, interact with federal officials and participate in congressional…

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NACo Accepting Submissions for 2020 Achievement Awards

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is now accepting submissions for the 2020 County Achievement Awards. Applications can be submitted via their website. NACo's Achievement Awards Program is a non-competitive awards program that seeks to recognize innovative county government programs. Last year, NACo recognized 616 award entries from 32 states. This year they're celebrating a milestone – 50 years of County Innovations! Awards will be given to counties with innovations in the following areas: Arts,…

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Community Colleges Fill a Training Gap for Welding Jobs

A recent article in The New York Times described the anticipated increase in the number of welding jobs in the United States over the next couple of years, and the key role that community colleges are playing in training for this well-paid skill. Quoting nationwide statistics for expected demand for welders, the story focuses on Texas where, as described, The insistent hunger for welders in the Gulf Coast region has created an unusually close partnership between…

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Free Online Educational Workshops Offered to County Officials

Join thousands of county officials and staff around the country in timely, practical education in one or more of the many topics on NACo’s agenda. Register by linking to the webinar(s) from the list that follows.  When you join the webinar, you’ll hear the presentation live by your choice of either phone or computer, and you’ll see the presentation on your computer screen. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Odorimah, Education and Training…

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Report Ranks the Health of Maryland Counties

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin's Health Institute, have released the second annual report of health rankings for U.S. counties, providing a snapshot of local health conditions. The rankings are determined on a model of population health that emphasizes individual health behaviors, education and jobs, quality of health care, and the environment.  According to the 2011 County Health Rankings report for Maryland the top five healthiest counties are as…

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NACo Offers Free Webinar on Prevention & Wellness in Health Reform

Promoting County Public Health: Prevention & Wellness in Health Reform Thursday, April 21, 2011 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Investing in prevention and health promotion has the potential to reduce costs of treating chronic diseases and lessen the burden on county health care safety net services. Join this webinar to learn about funding opportunities for prevention and public health and other aspects of the Affordable Care Act that can help improve your county's public health…

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