The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners is also strongly involved in advocating for counties at the federal level through the National Association of Counties (NACo). NACo is the only national organization representing the nation’s 3,069 counties, parishes and boroughs, and nearly every county in North Carolina is a member of NACo. Driven by a strong membership, NACo’s Board of Directors represents counties across America. NACo’s Executive Committee is composed of 4 officers elected by the membership and a regional representative from each of the 4 regions in the country. County leaders develop and shape the association’s mission, goals and legislative priorities. NACo is headquartered on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Events & Training
NACo Legislative Conference
The 2021 NACo Legislative Conference is scheduled for February 20 – February 24, 2021 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC. Please check back for further details.
Each month, NACo schedules a series of webinars for county officials. These online sessions make it easy for county officials to stay connected with happenings in Washington, D.C., and also offer training on specific areas or emerging issues, such as cybersecurity.
Visit the NACo website for a listing of upcoming webinars.
NACo regularly prepares presentations on federal issues of concern to help county officials better understand what is happening in Washington, D.C., and how it will impact county governments.
Biggert Waters and the National Flood Insurance Program: The County Perspective
The National Flood Insurance Program is a program administered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that provides flood insurance to home and business owners. Biggert-Waters is federal legislation enacted in 2012 that aimed to remedy NFIP’s insolvency by phasing out subsidized insurance premium rates. S.1864/H.R. 3370 (Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act) is proposed federal legislation that would delay drastic premium rate increases resulting from Biggert-Waters.
Counties, states and other localities are the main funders of infrastructure in the United States. Municipal bonds enable state and locals to build essential infrastructure projects, such as schools, hospitals and roads. Congress and the Administration are currently debating federal tax reform, including a cap or a repeal of the tax-exempt status of municipal bond interest.