The Groups Report Highlights


Winter Policy Conference | February 25-27

Arlington, Virginia

Stateside Contact: Meghan Holihan at

The Winter Policy Conference will begin with an Executive Committee meeting February 25 followed by a NASDA Foundation Board meeting. Regional breakout sessions are being scheduled for February 25. A reception is scheduled for the evening.

Committees will meet throughout the day on February 26. The following sessions have been scheduled for February 26:

  • Moving Cell Based Meat to Market
  • Innovation and Consumer Demand in Retail Markets
  • Perspectives on Trade with China

The following sessions have been scheduled for February 27:

  • Cannabis Legal Roundtable
  • Food Safety Crisis Communications
  • Understanding the Future of Artificial Intelligence

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Legislative Conference | March 2-6

Washington, D.C.

Stateside Contact: Michael Behm at

The Legislative Conference will begin with pre-conference board and committee meetings March 1. The Resilient Counties Advisory Board will meet March 2. NACo Policy Steering Committees will meet March 2. A Resilient Counties Luncheon entitled Addressing Ongoing and Emerging Threats Due to Adverse Weather Patterns is scheduled for March 2.

A Healthy Counties Advisory Board meeting will be held March 3. The Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC) and Rural Action Caucus (RAC) will meet March 3. The NACo Board Forum is also scheduled for March 3.

The NACo Board of Directors will convene March 4. The following workshops have been scheduled for March 4:

  • Online Sales Tax Collection: What's Next?
  • Opportunity Zones: Your Chance for Community Investment
  • Outlook for Federal Policy Issues in the 116th Congress
  • Reimagining County Behavioral Health Crisis Response Systems and Policies
  • Smarter Counties Summit Session 1: Bridging the Digital Divide
  • Smarter Counties Summit Session 2: Borrowing From the Tech Industry: How to Improve Services and Customer Experiences with Design Thinking
  • Connecting Federal and County Systems of Care
  • Backstage Pass: Behind the Scenes of Congressional Decision Making
  • Understanding FEMA's New Policy Guidelines Before Disasters Hit
  • Unveiling the New County Explorer Tool and How it can Strengthen Your Advocacy
  • Upcoming Supreme Court Cases Hold Consequences for Counties
  • Coming to You Soon? Emerging Trends in State Legislature
  • Evolving Cash Bail Policy Could Impact Your County
  • How Elections Shift Power in Congress: Identifying and Building Relations in a New Congress
  • Strengthening Your County's Fiscal Fitness 

The following workshops have been scheduled for March 5:

  • Building a Skilled Workforce for the Future
  • Finding Better Solutions: Supporting People with Mental Illness Awaiting Trial
  • Repaving the Federal Permitting Process
  • Advancing Civility in the County Workplace
  • Dealing with Difficult Topics and Stakeholders 

The NACo President’s Reception will be held the evening of March 5. County legislators and leaders will participate in Hill Day March 6.

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Winter Meeting | March 4-6

Washington, D.C.

Stateside Contact: Steve Arthur at

The Winter Meeting is usually the best attended NAAG event of the calendar year. Throughout the meeting, NAAG will welcome newly elected Attorneys General.

The NAAG Executive Committee and Mission Foundation will meet March 4. The U.S. Supreme Court Perspectives Luncheon will take place March 5. A reception will also take place at the Supreme Court building March 5.

The agenda is still being planned. Expected topics of panels include free speech, public safety, and natural disaster mortgage issues.

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Interested in receiving a copy of the February Groups Report? Contact Michael Behm at