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At a large building in San Diego County, rows of desks in cubicles are lined up on the second floor where operators are taking phone calls from residents in need of everything from affordable housing to their next meal. 

Bill York (l), executive vice president of 211 San Diego, gives county officials and NACo staff a tour Dec. 7 of the call center during NACo’s 2018 LUCC Symposium. Photo by Hugh Clarke

Large urban county officials get the 411 on 211 San Diego

NACo applauds U.S. Senate approval of 2018 farm bill, which preserves many key county priorities. Counties call on the U.S. House to follow suit before the end of the 115th Congress

U.S. Senate passes five-year farm bill authorization; House vote expected by Thursday, December 13

When I first got involved in NACo more than 15 years ago, I never would have thought that I would be serving years later as NACo’s president.

NACo President Greg Cox shows off County News' Hot Topics issue on Connecting the Unconnected at the 2018 Large Urban County Caucus symposium. DeKalb County, Ga. Commissioner Larry Johnson, LUCC chairman, is seated to the right. Photo by Hugh Clarke.

How can counties best connect the unconnected?

Counties play a pivotal role when it comes to connecting residents to critical human services. When it comes to breaking the cycles of poverty, counties provide and administer federal, state and local systems of services from early childhood development and nutrition assistance programs to workforce and economic development.

What's next? Federal human services policy in the 116th Congress

As part of NACo’s 2018-2019 Connecting the Unconnected initiative, a significant opportunity for counties to demonstrate innovative ways to deliver “people-centered” services, maximize government efficiency and ensure responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars, is through the provision of accessible healthcare.

Telemedicine improves healthcare through innovative service delivery

In September, Macomb County, Ill. Prosecutor Eric J. Smith announced what is likely the nation’s first program to use technology developed by ride-hailing pioneer Uber to connect crime victims and witnesses to court appearances.

Going the extra mile to fight crime

In 2019, the Lancaster County, Neb. Treasurer’s Office will lead a Future of Digital Payments Pilot Project in consultation with the Visa Government Solutions and Innovations Department. The purpose of the project is to identify ways the county can save time and money when collecting revenue, such as fees and taxes.

Leading the charge toward digital payments

Arapahoe County, Colo. doesn’t contain any mountains, but for the last five years, it’s had a warning system for an avalanche of human service delivery problems. Before then, if things weren’t going smoothly, nobody knew it until it was a major problem.

Performance measures warn of service delivery disconnects

In Pennington County, S.D., which abuts three Native American reservations, county leaders and local law enforcement are working to create trust and cooperation between the county, city and the nearby tribes to ensure public safety and a fair and equal justice system for all members of its diverse community.

A South Dakota county closes the cultural gap

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Bridgeport, WV's, UHC adds free shuttle transport for visitors and patients BRIDGEPORT — United Hospital Center has unveiled its new free shuttle system, the People Mover, that will help patients and visitors navigate the hospital campus in a more convenient way.
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