Golden State Shines at Annual NACo Conference
Snuggled between the boisterous capital and rich ecological wonders of the Centennial State, county elected and appointed officials from across the country are gathered for the 2022 National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference in Adams County, Colorado. More than 100 representatives from 37 Counties, including NACo Second Vice President Candidate and Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore, CSAC President and Siskiyou County Supervisor Ed Valenzuela, CSAC 1st Vice President and Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington, and CSAC 2nd Vice President and San Luis Obispo Supervisor Bruce Gipson will represent California in person throughout the multi-day conference.
Tomorrow’s first General Session features White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Dr. Rahul Gupta and The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together author and advocate Heather McGhee, followed by policy steering committee meetings where attendees will consider a number of policy resolutions that guide NACo’s federal lobbying efforts. CSAC is sponsoring one resolution in partnership with Santa Cruz County Supervisor Zach Friend. This proposed resolution relates to amending federal law regarding the use of Federal Highway Administration Emergency Relief funds. In addition, 21 other platform changes or resolutions are sponsored or co-sponsored by California Supervisors, counties, affiliates, or staff. The California Caucus will be held on Sunday. The Honorable John Hickenlooper, U.S. Senator and former governor of Colorado, will speak during Sunday’s general session, closing out another successful meeting of counties of all sizes.
In between, attendees both in-person and virtual have a host of sessions and meetings to choose from, on topics ranging from broadband and the implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, local workforce development, wildfire and disaster resilience, and much, much more.
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