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With nearly $900 billion in annual federal funding at stake, an accurate census is crucial to any county. But with harder to reach residents and limited internet connectivity — when the Census Bureau wants to prioritize online responses — rural counties face additional challenges to getting a complete count.

Cynthia Clark, executive director of the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics, chuckles while addressing the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Steering Committee.
Cara Brumfield, senior policy analyst Georgetown University Center on Poverty and Inequality, is in the background. Photo by Leon Lawrence III

Rural counties face challenges and high stakes in 2020 census

At their meeting Saturday, members of NACo’s Telecommunications and Technology Policy Steering Committee expressed frustration over lack of internet and cellphone service in many parts of the country, but there was one bright spot: NACo plans to launch a mobile app, dubbed “TestIT,” geared toward getting accurate information when it comes to who

Allan Angel, vice chair Telecommunications and Technology Committee and Kent County, Del. commissioner, relates his experience with poor cellphone service in his county. Photo by Denny Henry.

NACo rolling out mobile app to test broadband speeds

It was standing room only Saturday at the NACo Legislative Conference Resilient Counties Luncheon: “Addressing Ongoing and Emerging Threats Due to Adverse Weather Patterns.” Over the past three years, on average, 25 percent of all counties received at least one major presidential disaster declaration due to devastating wildfires, hurricanes, flo

Commissioner Anna Hansen, Santa Fe County, N.M., participates in the Q&A exchange during the Resilient Counties luncheon, Saturday. Photo by Denny Henry.

Prepare now for disasters: 'The buck stops here'

BLM Deputy Director Brian Steed updated the Public Lands Committee on improved efficiencies and the looming Department of Interior reorganization

Brian Steed, Bureau of Land Management deputy director for policy and programs, speaks to the Public Lands Steering Committee. Photo by Leon Lawrence III

BLM continues streamlining, addresses grazing

Andre Bethea, policy advisor for Corrections and Reentry, Justice Department, has a message for counties: “I can’t make awards if you don’t apply — creativity is on you,” he told members of NACo’s Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee Saturday morning at the kick-off to the association’s annual Legislative Conference.

Caren Harp, administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, briefs members of the Justice and Public Safety Committee at their meeting Saturday. Photo by Denny Henry.

DOJ grants: 'Identify a need in your community'

March 2 — Policy deliberations in NACo’s 10 steering committees dominate Saturday's schedule as the 2019 Legislative Conference begins ramping up. Committees were scheduled to discuss 31 interim policy resolutions today ranging in subject matter from immigration levels to nursing home staffing.

#NACoLeg: County News at the 2019 NACo Legislative Conference

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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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2019 NACo Conference and Exposition
07.12.2019 - 07.15.2019

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05 October 2018
We just held our 2018 Fall Board Meeting of WVACo at the Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg - Wood ...
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