Rockdale County Chairman and CEO Richard Oden and County Commissioners Oz Nesbitt and JaNice Van Ness represented the county’s interests in the nation’s capital during the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) 2014 Legislative Conference, March 2-5, in Washington, D.C.
More than 1,500 county officials from the nation’s 3,069 county governments attended the conference, which provided County officials with an opportunity to spotlight to Congress and federal officials the ongoing need for County governments to create healthy, vibrant and safe communities. During the conference, NACo leadership and members met with dozens of key Congressional and House and Senate committee offices to discuss common challenges and offered to work collaboratively with their federal partners to meet the needs of the American people. County officials also participated in a variety of concurrent workshop sessions and heard from national leaders on issues important to counties and communities, including key public infrastructure, transportation and economic development; creating and sustaining a skilled workforce; ensuring public health and public safety and implementing federal, state and local programs in a cost-effective manner.
“Whether you’re talking about transportation, housing and economic development, health care or justice and public safety, it’s important that Congress and federal officials hear directly from County officials about how we can work together to effectively serve the public,” Chairman and CEO Richard Oden said. “Our county’s membership and active involvement in NACo makes that not only possible but highly effective. NACo and its strong voice are well respected in Washington.”
The primary focus of this year’s conference was transportation. NACo members urged Congress to pass a multi-year surface transportation bill this year that provides long-term funding certainty for transportation infrastructure. A two-year surface transportation bill known “MAP-21” which supports many county surface transportation priorities expires in September. The conference concluded with NACo leaders and members rallying in support of the transportation bill at the Capitol Visitor Center joined by a half-dozen members of Congress.
For comprehensive coverage of the 2014 Legislative Conference, visit County News online at: http://www.naco.org/newsroom/countynews/Pages/NACo-Conference-Daily.aspx