Learn About What NACo Means to Georgia Counties During the General Session

Saturday, April 29
11:45 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.

ACCG Executive Director Dave Wills and National Association of Counties (NACo) Executive Director Matthew Chase engage in a lively discussion about NACo’s role in recent critical federal policy developments, programs, and services the national county association offers as a benefit to Georgia’s counties, and much more. Attend this session to learn why it’s important for your county to be involved in NACo.

Interested conference attendees will have the opportunity to take a deeper dive into NACo’s involvement in significant federal policy during two concurrent breakout sessions. Join NACo staff and other issue experts as they explore implications for counties in the Peach State.

NACo Breakout Sessions
1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Mental Health: NACo and the Georgia Perspective
The need to reform our nation’s mental health policies, programs, and practices is more pressing than ever. Mental health is a multifaceted issue in which counties across the nation, Georgia counties included, are faced with mounting county caseloads, dire and unique community challenges, and increased costs for all involved. NACo staff will help county officials understand the depth of the issue and identify strategies for making positive progress towards better mental health outcomes for their communities.

Federal Agricultural Policy, the Farm Bill, & Nutrition Assistance
Join Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tyler Harper, along with key NACo and Congressional staff, as they discuss their collective tireless work to keep federal agricultural policy aligned with the best interests of Georgia’s #1 industry. Administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Farm Bill helps counties make critical investments in infrastructure, economic development, workforce training, nutrition, and conservation within some of our nation’s most underserved communities. For rural counties, the Farm Bill and its programs represent significant opportunities to address acute issues. For urban counties, the Farm Bill plays a key role in providing the necessary resources to ensure all individuals have access to nutrition.