NACA News Update – April 2018
April is National County Government Month
National County Government Month (NCGM), held each April, is an annual celebration of county government. The theme for this year’s NCGM is “Serving the Underserved.”
Since 1991, the National Association of Counties (NACo) has encouraged counties to actively promote county services and programs. Counties can schedule activities any time during the month. NCGM is an excellent opportunity to highlight effective county programs and raise public awareness and understanding about the many services provided to the community. Get the Toolkit here!
What Can Local Governments Do to Control Benefit Costs?
In this "Ask a Manager" blog post by Steve Mokrohisky, NACA At-Large Director, West Coast Region/County Administrator, Lane County, Oregon, recommends 5 things that local governments can do to control benefit costs. Read it here.
Congratulations to the NACA Scholarship Recipients for the 2018 ICMA Regional Conferences
With the generous support of ICMA-RC, NACA was pleased to offer scholarships for each of the ICMA Regional Conferences this spring. The following individuals were awarded scholarships this year:
- Midwest: Benjamin L. Gilbertson, Senior Budget & Operations Analyst, County of Lake, Illinois
- Northeast: Sidnee T. McDonald, MPA Student, The College at Brockport, State University of New York
- Mountain Plains: Alyssa R. Wolverton, MPA Student, University of North Texas
- Southeast: Reuben I. Ovbiebo, MPA Student, Tennessee State University
- West Coast: TBD
Apply now for NACA’s Scholarships for the 104th ICMA Annual Conference!
This year, NACA will offer the Tom Lundy Scholarship for the ICMA Annual Conference to two members! The scholarships include complimentary registration and up to $1,500 for travel and lodging expenses for first-time attendees. The application deadline is June 1. Learn more here and apply today!
Registration is Open for NACo’s 83rd Annual Conference & Exposition
The NACo Annual Conference & Exposition, being held this year in Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee, draws a cross section of elected officials and county staff from across the country. Attendees come together to shape NACo's federal policy agenda, learn, network, and share leading practices. As usual, NACA members will be leading the conversation at the Idea Exchange and several educational sessions. Learn more here.
ICMA’s “Call for Volunteers” Deadline April 12
The 2018 call for volunteers is still open for ICMA committees, task forces, advisory boards, coaching, mentoring, hosting, and more. The deadline to volunteer is tomorrow, April 12. Learn more and volunteer here.
How Have Pension Cuts Affected Public Sector Competitiveness?
State and local data from 2005 to 2014 show the impact pension cuts have on the ability of governments to recruit, retain, and retire talented employees in this latest publication from the Center for State & Local Government Excellence (SLGE). One of the central findings is that, especially for new hires, the implementation of pension reform hampered governments’ ability to attract new employees. Access the publication here.
Upcoming FREE ICMA Coaching Webinar
May 10, from 1–2:30 pm ET: Creating a Culture for Cultivating Talent and Getting Results
- How can you retool your organizational culture and design your workplace for better results?
- What are practical steps to make your agency better able to attract, grow, and retain talent?
- What resources are available to support your efforts?
Sign Up for NACA County Connect
NACA County Connect (previously referred to as the NACA Registry) is getting ready to launch! Friend of NACA, eCivis, is developing a new service that will make it possible for NACA members to easily network and ask for assistance from fellow members. If you would like to be one of the first users of this program, please contact NACA@icma.org with your contact information and eCivis will provide further information.
Join a NACA Committee
NACA’s Committee Chairs are still seeking volunteers to serve on a variety of NACA Committees. Click here to learn more about NACA’s Committees. For more information or if you would like to be considered to serve on any NACA Committees, email us at NACA@icma.org.
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