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NACo County Leadership Institute

The Thirteenth Annual NACo County Leadership Institute (CLI) will take place in Washington, DC, June 5 -June 9, 2016.  CLI is a rigorous four-day program offered in partnership with Cambridge Leadership Associates and is designed for elected officials with at least three years’ experience in county government at the policy level from NACo member counties.  NACo aims to enhance the capability of county officials to identify and implement innovative solutions to complex challenges facing county government. Attendees learn how to effectively address the demands of personal leadership in a new era of government.  If you are interested in participating in the 2016 County Leadership Institute, please contact  Nevada Association of Counties Association Executive Director Jeff Fontaine by no later than next Friday, February 19th.

NACO Will Host Workshop on County Finances

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NACO’s Committee of the Emeritus is hosting a workshop for all county Commissioners and staff, the topic is:

Understanding County Finances:  Learn how counties are funded through an overview of property taxes, c-taxes, and other county revenue.  The county budgeting process will also be discussed including restrictions and mandates on how county dollars are spent; and incorporating budget projections. Speakers from the Nevada Treasurer’s Association, Nevada Department of Taxation and others will be a part of this workshop.

Join us on March 9th at 10:00A.  Attend in person in Carson City, via telephone or video conference.  Please contact Amanda to sign up for this workshop and to ensure you receive credit in UNR’s Certified Public Officials program.

National County News (from NACo)


Washoe County Commissioner Kitty Jung was featured in NACo’s “This Week in Pictures”.  Commissioner Jung appeared on Fox 11’s morning show to discuss her goals as the Commission Chair for 2016.

Aviation Funding

On February 3, House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) released his proposal for FAA reauthorization, the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act. The AIRR Act authorizes aviation programs through FY 2022 and proposes some significant reforms, particularly with regard to the Air Traffic Control system. NACo’s platform on aviation issues, focuses on a few key issues, including the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs), Essential Air Service (EAS) and the Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP). NACo supports continued funding for the AIP – The AIRR Act provides continued and robust funding for AIP, which provides federal grants to airports for airport development and planning.

Solar Technology Assistance

NACo is embarking on a new technical assistance program to help counties boost their communities’ use of solar energy. As partners with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), NACo and The Solar Foundation will help counties achieve a special designation from DOE as a “SPARC“ community. In September 2015, the DOE announced a new initiative— Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities, or SPARC — to develop and award the SPARC designation to communities that have taken key steps to remove barriers to solar deployment and helped build more mature local solar markets.

Disaster Deductibles?

FEMA is considering the establishment of a “disaster deductible,” which would require that recipients of FEMA Public Assistance (typically states with counties as sub-recipients) meet a predetermined level of financial or other commitment before receiving federal disaster funds. FEMA made the announcement in an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) released Jan. 20. FEMA is not formally proposing the implementation of a deductible, but the agency is soliciting comments on the deductible concept. These comments are due by March 21.

Funding Opportunities

NACO keeps a comprehensive list of State and Federal grants available to counties.  This list is updated regularly and will contain grant opportunities not included in this section.

Department of Education OSERS-OSEP: Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities Applications due Feb 22nd
Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living Field Initiated Projects Program (Research) Applications due Feb 22nd

Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration- Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release Through Specialized American Job Centers Applications due Feb 26th

BLM Nevada 2017 Challenge Cost Share Program – The BLM is interested in partnering with recipients to implement a variety of CCS projects that may include resource inventory, monitoring, environmental education, habitat and plant community restoration, cultural site protection, special status species management, and recreation management. Applications due March 29th

The comprehensive list was updated 2-5-16.
Where in Nevada?

Did you guess Lincoln County?  If so you are correct. This street corner is located in the Pioche, the county seat.

Award Opportunities

**Applications for the 2016 NACo Achievement Awards are now open. As a non-competitive awards program the NACo Achievement Awards recognize innovative programs in county government, each application is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received.

Awards are given to counties in 21 categories, culminating with an awards luncheon at the 2016 NACo Annual Conference and Exposition in Los Angeles County, Calif.  Applications must be submitted by April 1st.

**Applications are now being accepted for the $100,000 Innovations in American Government Awards.

Offered by Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the Innovations Award is the nation’s premier award for the public sector.

This year, the Ash Center is also once again offering the Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government, a special Innovations Award that will recognize government led programs that demonstrate novel and effective approaches to increasing public engagement and participation in the governance.  Applications must be submitted by April 15th.

On The Calendar

National Association of Counties (NACo) 2016 Legislative ConferenceFebruary 20-24 in Washington D.C.

NACO Board of Directors – March 25th in Carson City
NACO Annual Conference – November 15-17 in Pahrump, Nye County
Boards & Commissions
February 23rd Indigent Defense Commission

Nevada Joint Military Affairs Committee – February 25th

The above Boards & Commissions are those on which NACO has representation. For additional information on these meetings contact us.

Educational Opportunities

NACO Workshops
Understanding County Finances – March 9th 10:00A
NACo Webinars
Effective Cross-Systems Information Sharing in Juvenile Justice – Feb. 18th 11:00A

The Importance of Legal Counsel in Pre Trial Justice – March 3rd 11:00A
Defining Measurable Goals & Outcomes For Juvenile Justice Reform – March 21st 11:00A
Nevada Dept. of Public & Behavioral Health – Grant Writing USA

Grant Writing Workshop – March 21-22 Carson City & April 13 &14 Las Vegas

Grant Management Workshop – April 18 & 19 Carson City & August 11 & 12 Las Vegas

Employment Opportunities

Douglas County
Sr. Accountant – Applications Due February 16thAccountant – Applications Due February 16th
Washoe County

Payroll Technician 1 – Applications Due February 16th
Office Support Specialist – Sheriffs Office – Applications Due February 19th
Social Worker 1, 2 & 3 – Applications Due March 31st

Seasonal Park Positions – Open until filled

For more information on NACO, our mission, and how we assist Nevada’s counties visit our website or contact us.

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