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On November 14, NACo joined a coalition letter expressing concerns regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposed rule usurping local franchising authorit

Counties concerned that proposed FCC rule could jeopardize local finances


Workers secure the final structural beam that topped off the new MULTNOMAH COUNTY Courthouse under construction.
The beam bore messages and signatures of county employees.
The 325-foot building is scheduled to open in spring 2020 and will include 44 courtrooms and space for free child-care services for low-income families with court business.
The current courthouse is being sold and The Oregonian reports it is likely to be redeveloped as a hotel or office building.
Photo courtesy of Multnomah County

News From Across the Nation - Nov. 26, 2018

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Wise County, Texas Judge J.D. Clark (l), NACo’s Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee vice chair, meets HUD Sec. Ben Carson Nov. 16 at the White House. Photo by Daria Daniel

On the Move - Nov. 26, 2018

Charlotte Sandvik

Board Member

Treasurer, Cass County, N.D.

Number of years involved in NACo: 22

Years in public service: 28    

Occupation: Cass County treasurer

Education: Business college 

Profiles in Service - Nov. 26, 2018

The first inkling that Butte County Supervisor Doug Teeter had of the Camp Fire was seeing “whole black leaves, about the size of quarters, falling from the sky.” Gale-force winds were blowing that day at about 50 MPH in some areas.

A flag hangs on a charred residence in the Skyway Villa Mobile Home and RV Park in Butte County, Calif. after the state’s worst wildfire ripped through the county in the Sierra foothills. High winds and drought contributed to the fire’s swift and deadly path through the county. Photo by Shealah Craighead/Courtesy of the White House

County officials and residents recount first hours of deadliest fire in California history

The Linn County, Iowa Secondary Road Department was in charge of clearing roads, so it seemed natural for equipment to bear pictures of snow plows, hard at work. Visual shorthand for the county’s conservation department? A tree, of course.

County branding: more than just a seal

We at MetroLab Network are setting out to change the way that new insights — shaped by data and technology — impact your county’s activities. If you are like other counties, it’s a good bet that you are faced with new opportunities to leverage your data as a strategic asset.

Counties invited to enter MetroLab’s Ideas Competition

Two dozen county officials from across the country gathered earlier this month in Polk County, Iowa, to participate in a Stepping Up peer exchange. Stepping Up is a national initiative that aims to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in local jails.

Cathy Hatch, Polk County, Fla. (l), Mary Ross Cunningham, Lake County, Ill. (r) and Helen Stone, Chatham County, Ga. (in second row) listen at Stepping Up discussion. Photo by Nastassia Walsh

Counties ‘Step Up’ in Polk County, Iowa

In the Call 311: Connecting Citizen to Local Government report, by the International City/County Management Association, one of the recommendations for implementing a 311/citizen relationship management (CRM) program at the local government level is to do so in phases.

Slowly, but surely, Washoe County 311 initiative grows

This Secluded West Virginia Forest Lake Belongs In A Fairy Tale This lake is one of West Virginia's best kept secrets.
West Virginia Association of Counties shared a link.
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.
West Virginia Association of Counties shared a link.
I-RIDE 79 Bus Service West Virginia Association of Counties shared a link.
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