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Immediately after finishing up their annual Leadership Workshop at home, the Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners flew to Washington DC during the first week of March for the 2020 National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference. The event brings together county officials from across the U.S. to engage federal government representatives, share best practices and learn from peers and national experts.
There are 3,069 counties across the nation that invest almost $600 billion every year in taxpayer programs and services, and NACo’s role is to “support federal policies and programs that equip county governments with the resources and flexibility needed to effectively serve [all] residents.” Among the organization’s priorities this year are securing counties’ role as essential partners in the governmental matrix; promoting county-level infrastructure priorities; supporting mental health and substance use treatment, and addressing criminal justice reforms; and improving a variety of services, such as schools and broadband, to rural areas.
The Arapahoe County commissioners had packed schedules throughout the week. Among the highlights: