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Register now for NACo’s 2012 Healthy Counties Forum in Atlanta


Join NACo in DeKalb and Fulton counties, (Atlanta) Georgia, Nov. 27 - 28, for a day and a half health-focused forum to explore important changes in health care delivery and financing. Te forum will examine broad health care policy and system changes, implications for county health care delivery systems, and a tour of Grady Hospital. Space is lim- ited; please register by Nov. 1. Contact Anita Cardwell at (202) 942-4267 for more information.


NACo receives grant to assist counties with pipeline safety NACo has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department


of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Adminis- tration. Te grant will enable NACo to continue to work with elected county officials, county planners and other county staff across the U.S. to manage the risks associated with transmission pipelines, to engage local officials and the public in decision-making processes related to the place- ment of new pipelines, and to provide information and training about prudent land-use practices adjacent to transmission pipelines. Contact James Davenport at (202) 661-8807 for more information.


Volunteer for NACo’s Ambassador Program


NACo’s new Ambassador Program is helping new and existing mem- bers become more familiar with NACo and the many benefits available by pairing county officials and staff with an experienced “ambassador.” Te ambassador will share his or her experience and help county officials and staff to better understand what NACo has to offer. To volunteer or to serve as an ambassador or to sign up to speak with an ambassador, please contact NACo’s membership team.


National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the U.S. NACo provides essential services to the nation’s 3,068 coun- ties. NACo advances issues with a unified voice before the federal government, improves the public’s understanding of county government, assists counties in finding and sharing innova- tive solutions through education and research and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money.


NACo President Rodgers and Secretary Vilsack convene at regional drought meeting With more than two-thirds of the nation’s counties declared official


drought disaster areas, NACo partnered with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to host a regional drought meeting in Douglas County (Omaha), Neb. on Oct. 9. NACo President Chris Rodgers, a Douglas County commissioner, served as a co-host of the event and moderator for the opening plenary session where he stressed the need for a comprehen- sive drought response and a multi-year Farm Bill. Contact Erik Johnston at (202) 942-4230 for more information.


Software company joins NACo’s Green Government Initiative as corporate partner


WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Association of Counties (NACo) today announced that Te Public Group, a premier Software as a Service (SaaS) provider with 15 years experience serving government agencies, has joined NACo’s Green Government Advisory Board as a new corpo- rate partner. Green Government Advisory Board Chair Judy Shiprack, commissioner, Multnomah County, Ore., said the addition of Te Public Group will enable NACo’s Green Government Initiative (GGI) to expand its ability to offer educational opportunities for county governments relat- ed to green purchasing and develop more holistic solutions and practices utilizing current technology. “We are pleased that Te Public Group is joining the nation’s counties and our other corporate partners to help lead NACo’s Green Government Initiative,” Shiprack said. “During these lean economic times more coun- ties are streamlining operations and finding efficiencies. Software tools like those offered by Te Public Group can aid in these efforts.” Te Public Group offers several solutions for county governments.


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