National Assocation of Counties (NACo)
The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. Founded in 1935, NACo provides essential services to the nation's 3,068 counties. 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 innovative solutions through education and research, and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money. In August 2006, NACo was named one of nine remarkable associations in the United States after a four-year study conducted by the American Society of Association Executives and The Center for Association Leadership because of its commitment to members and purpose.
With its headquarters on Capitol Hill, NACo is a full-service organization that delivers its services through its dedicated and skilled staff who comprise the following departments: Executive Office, Legislative Affairs, Public Affairs, County Services, Information Technology, Financial Service Center and Finance and Administration. NACo is involved in a number of issues and special projects that deal with homeland security, transportation, energy and environmental management, workforce development, geographical information systems, drug abuse and access to health care.
NACo understands the importance of strong public-private partnerships and is committed to assisting counties and businesses explore new, innovative ways of working together. Through the Enterprise Services Department, NACo offers county employees retirement, cooperative purchasing, debt collection and county reinsurance programs. In addition, businesses can participate in the NACo Corporate, Premier and Sponsorship Programs.
County officials and their staffs also participate through NACo's 23 affiliates. These organizations are composed of officials who share similar responsibilities, interests or knowledge areas. To keep county officials informed, NACo publishes a biweekly newspaper, County News, with a circulation of 29,000 that focuses on issues and actions in Washington, D.C. and NACo e-News, an electronic newsletter, sent biweekly to 25,000 members keeping them informed of new NACo products and services.
NACo's committees, whose members include county officials from every region of the country, are charged on an annual basis with evaluating issues and policies. Their policy development process leads to the publication of the American County Platform, which NACo uses as a guide to deliver county government's message to the Administration, Congress and the American public.
For more information, please visit http://www.naco.org/.