WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lake County Commissioner Welton Cadwell, who chairs a policy committee at the National Association of Counties (NACo), traveled to the nation’s capital this month to coordinate with fellow county government leaders from across the nation to firm up strategies to deliver the county message to Capitol Hill.
Commissioner Cadwell was appointed as chairman of NACo’s Community and Economic Development Steering Committee for 2013-14 in July by NACo President Linda Langston, supervisor, Linn County, Iowa. The committee is responsible for NACo policy development on issues involving community and economic development, commercial and industrial development and public works including the creation of residential and affordable housing and building and housing codes.
NACo’s 2014 Chairs’ Strategic Planning Fly-In was held Jan. 7-8 at NACo headquarters in Washington, D.C. The meetings included the policy and caucus committee chairs, NACo officers and key staff who discussed targeted advocacy and communications strategies for achieving the association’s legislative and policy goals.
“Congress will be hearing from counties this year about the challenges we face to deliver essential services and innovative programs to our constituents,” Commissioner Cadwell said. “I am optimistic that we can achieve many of our goals here in Lake County.”
Legislation and policy is the heart of NACo's role in Washington, D.C. As the voice of America's counties, the association is responsible for representing counties in Congress and within the federal executive agencies. Each policy committee has identified its legislative priorities for 2014.
- Protecting the federal-state-local partnership for Medicaid
- Supporting the key federal investments in programs that promote local job creation and economic growth
- Protecting county revenue and investment strategies
- Supporting federal land revenue sharing and the payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) programs
- Opposing unfunded and underfunded mandates
- Promoting county priorities within immigration reform
- Supporting rural development and the Farm Bill
- Supporting county priorities in the reauthorization of the surface transportation bill
The National Association of Counties is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. Founded in 1935, NACo assists America’s 3,069 counties in pursuing excellence in public service to produce healthy, vibrant, safe and resilient counties.
For more information, contact Jim Philipps at 202-942-4220, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.naco.org.