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Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) to the Opening General Session audience that has not forgotten her county roots as the Montgomery County, Iowa auditor, a role she held 2005-2011.

Sen. Jodi Ernst (R-Iowa), former Montgomery County auditor, addresses conference attendees at Monday's general session. Photo by Denny Henry.

Ernst stresses county roots in Senate service

Lobbyist Saphira Galoob updated a packed room on federal cannabis legislation trends. 

Federal cannabis lobbyist Saphira Galoob, CEO of the Liaison Group, addresses the Cannabis Roundtable March 3. Photo by Leon Lawrence III.

Federal legislation moving on cannabis

“Top-down leadership does work,” for transportation safety improvements. “You have the ability and influence to say ‘we have to do more.’”

A road map toward zero deaths

With nearly 41 percent of forest land under federal management at moderate-to-high risk of catastrophic fire or insect infestation, the farm bill and 2018 omnibus gave the Forest Service new tools to combat those threats.

Vicki Christiansen, chief of the U.S. Forest Service, speaks to the WIR Board of Directors March 3. Photo by Leon Lawrence III

Farm bill, omnibus gives Forest Service tools to fight wildfires

A packed room of county officials Sunday heard from immigration experts who said county officials frustrated by worker shortages in their communities need to tell their stories to members of Congress in order to make changes to immigration policy.

The Immigration Reform Task Force meeting drew a large audience. Photo by Denny Henry.

Immigration policies exacerbate worker shortages, county officials say

Pasco County, Fla. Commissioner Kathryn Starkey wants to get the word out to counties that there are foreign companies out there looking to expand. Just ask her — she travels to Switzerland and Germany on trade missions to talk to company heads that have located in her county. Pasco County sits just north of Tampa.

Marek Gootman (r), fellow and director of Strategic Partnerships and Global Initiatives at the Brookings Institution, urges counties to form strategic partnerships with other counties when seeking international trading partners. Photo by Denny Henry,

Counties can boost economies by wooing foreign investment

Members of NACo’s Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC) discussed ways they can conquer homelessness at their meeting at NACo’s Legislative Conference.

At NACo's Large Urban County Caucus meeting, Sunday, Orange County, Calif. Supervisor Andrew Do emphasizes the importance of collaboration in addressing the issue of homelessness. Photo by Denny Henry.

Urban counties eye strategies to ease homelessness

The National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) today announced the formation of a joint task force to reduce jail inmate recidivism through continuity of health care services.

National Association of Counties and National Sherriffs’ Association Form Joint Task Force to Study Inmate Health Care and Recidivism

Watch Monday's General Session of the 2019 NACo Legislative Conference live on C-SPAN 2

2019 NACo Legislative Conference General Session

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Spotlight West Virginia This height comparison graphic gives you a new look at the New River Gorge Bridge. - By Carly Norosky
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'One in a Million' Yellow Cardinal Spotted Experts propose different theories for why bird's plumes have a mysteriously mustard hue.
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2019 NACo Conference and Exposition
07.12.2019 - 07.15.2019

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