Education & Training

Educational Presentations from the 2023 NACO Annual Conference

Models for Community Health Collaboration: Locally Driven Solutions to Improve Efficiency, Outcomes & Resiliency

State Health Improvement Plan - Julia Peek: Nevada DPBH
Developing Local Health Districts - Marena Works: UNR
The Need for Multi Disciplined Teams - Bill Teel: LVMETRO Retired
Navigating a Path Forward - Amy Hyne Sutherland: NACO

Show Me the Money, A Look at County Revenues & Abatements

County Governmental Revenues & Abatements - Josh Foli: Lyon County
Economic Development in Nevada's Changing Economy - Bob Potts: GOED
Nevada Tax Incentive Fundamentals - Melanie Sheldon: GOED

General Session & Luncheon

Forward Together - Mary Jo McGuire: NACo President
Know No Limits - Oz Sanchez: Keynote Speaker
Nevada Infrastructure Coordinator - Bob Lucey

Where is Everybody? A Look at Local Government Recruitment & Retention

Recruitment Trends - Sean Moyle: POOL/PACT
Employee Engagement, Recruitment & Retention - Eric Brown: Washoe County

Planning for Resiliency: After-Action Insights on Infrastructure & Preparedness from NV Emergency Management Leaders

Nevada Division of Emergency Management - Dave Fogerson: Chief
8 Lessons Learned in 8 Months as a New Emergency Manager - Taylor Allison: Lyon County
Regional Emergency Management Program - Kelly Echeverria: Washoe County

Hiking, Mining & Grazing Oh My! Supporting the Multiple Use Mission on Public Lands

BLM Nevada Update - Jon Raby: State Director
USDA Forest Service Update - Cheva Gabor: State Liaison
NV Division of Outdoor Recreation - Kendall Scott: Education Lead


Workshops & Educational Materials for County Elected Officials & Staff

Best Practices for Energy Development: A County Perspective - March 15, 2023

Renewable Resource Management Planning - Brian Buttazoni, Project Manager & NEPA Specialsit, BLM Nevada
Navigating Renewable Energy Tax Abatements (RETA) - Lezlie Helget, Energy Program Manager & John Schillo, Management Analyst III, Governor's Office of Energy
Renewable Energy Development in Nevada  - Jimmy Daghlian, VP of Renewables & Origination, NV Energy

Nevada Open Meeting Law and Good Governance Practices - December 1, 2023

Nevada's Open Meeting Law - Rosalie Bordelove, Chief Deputy Attorney General, Nevada Attorney General's Office
Governance: Board Roles and Responsibilities - Wayne Carlson, Executive Director, POOL/PACT

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) – A comprehensive overview of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (P.L. 117-58), also referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Providing guidance on how counties can access BIL funding opportunities. – April 8, 2022

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Overview – Jessica Jennings, Legislative Director for Transportation and Infrastructure, National Association of Counties (NACo)
State Grants for Wastewater and Drinking Water Systems – Jason Cooper, Office of Financial Assistance and Sheryl Fontaine, Chief-Bureau of Administrative    Services, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP)
Navigating Federal Funding Opportunities: A Nevada Perspective – Miles Dickson, President and Founder, Nevada GrantLab

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) – A comprehensive guide to direct ARPA funding to local governments. A detailed look at planning and implementing federal relief dollars. – August 6, 2021

Detailed Overview of US Treasury Guidance and Uses of Funds– Eryn Hurley, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties (NACo)
Advice on What Could Go into a Local ARPA Plan and Planning Process – S. Andrew Belknap, Senior Vice President, Management Partners
An on the Ground Example – Nancy Paulson, Carson City Manager

Oversight of Public Defenders in Nevada – How the New State Office of Indigent Defense Services Will Work – October 16, 2020

Counties and Indigent Defense – A look at how the Board interacts with counties -Dave Mendiola, Humboldt County Manager
Nevada Department of Indigent Services – An overview of the new state office, resources for counties and public defender oversight in Nevada – Marcie Ryba,  Executive Director, Nevada Department of Indigent Defense Services
Indigent Defense Regulation – An overview of the proposed standards for indigent defense delivery in Nevada – Jarrod Hickman, Deputy Director, Department  of Indigent Defense Services
State Oversight and Local Implementation – Working with contract public defenders – Lorina Dellinger , Assistant County Manager, Nye County

How & Why to Write a County Water Resources Plan – A detailed overview of why your county needs one & including it in your county’s master plan. – February 7, 2020

Nevada Population Projection – Jeff Hardcastle; Demographer, State of Nevada
Nevada Water Planning & Drought Resiliency – Bunny Bishop; Chief, Water Planning-Nevada Division of Water Resources

What you Need to Know – A detailed overview, by bill, of changes counties need to make as a result of laws passed in the 2019 Nevada Legislature – December 6, 2019

A Review of NACO’s Legislative Agenda and Increased Flexibility for Counties – A Discussion on the Outcome of NACO’s Legislative Agenda and Other Updates to County Business – Mr. Vinson Guthreau, Deputy Director, NACO

How and Why to Write a County Natural Resources and Public Lands Plan – July 20, 2018

How a Natural Resources & Public Lands Plan Can Benefit your County – Kimberly Jenkins, Clark County Desert Conservation Program
Eureka County Coordination Overview and Federal and State planning requirements – Jake Tibbits, Eureka County
A Federal Agency Perspective2012 Planning Rule Agency Participation Overview – Cheva Gabor, US Forest Service 
How to Write a Public Lands & Natural Resources PlanUtah’s 29 County Resource Management Plans – Brianne Emery, State of Utah 

How a Bill Becomes a Law in Nevada – April 6, 2018

The Legislative Process – Michael Stewart, Legislative Counsel Bureau (LCB)

Where’s the Money? Understanding County Tax Revenues – February 2, 2018

Overview of County Revenue Sources – Alan Kalt, CFO POOL/PACT
Property Tax in Nevada – Kathy Lewis, Douglas County Clerk/Treasurer
C-Tax Distribution – Nevada Department of Taxation
How Net Proceeds of Minerals Works – Nevada Department of Taxation

Understanding Medicaid – December 1, 2017

Medicaid Eligibility, Division of Healthcare, Finance & Policy Programs – Nevada Department of Health & Human Services
The County’s Roll in Medicaid Programs – Ken Retterath, Washoe County Human Services

Understanding Public Lands Laws – September 9, 2016

Understanding the National Environmental Policy & Endangered Species Acts
NEPA Table of Contents

Using Social Media – June 20, 2016

Very Public Tools for Very Public Service – Todd Felts, Associate Professor UNR Reynolds School & Center for Advanced Media Studies
Douglas County Social Media Policy

Understanding County Finances – March 9, 2016

How Counties Receive Revenue – Washoe County Treasurer, Tammi Davis
The County Budget Process – Lyon County Comptoller, Josh Foli
Forecasting County Revenue – Terry Rubald, Nevada Department of Taxation

NACO Annual Conference Presentations

2021 Annual Conference Presentations
2020 Annual Conference Presentations
2019 Annual Conference Presentations
2018 Annual Conference Presentations
2017 Annual Conference Presentations
2016 Annual Conference Presentations

Use of Functional Home Rule Authority by Counties

During the 2015 session of the Nevada Legislature, Senate Bill 29 became law. SB29 grants counties limited functional home rule, that is, a limited form of the authority to pass ordinances and act upon matters of local concern that are not otherwise governed by state or federal laws. Local governments in Nevada sought this additional home rule authority so that administrative matters of local concern that are not expressly authorized in state law, matters that are often minor or jurisdictionally specific, can be addressed at the local level without seeking legislation. SB29 clearly limits this new grant of county authority by making it clear that it does not include additional powers in certain areas and that State and federal laws always take precedence. Pursuant to SB29 NACO submitted a Report to the Legislature regarding home rule in January 2017. Between June 2015 and January 2017 the following home rule actions were taken by counties in Nevada:

Carson City Title 18 – Zoning
Storey County Resolution 16-445 – Road Repairs
Clark County ORD-4384-16 – Civil Infractions re Sidewalks
Clark County ORD-4385-16 Graffiti

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