National Association of Counties (NACo)

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The National Association of Counties (NACo) strengthens America’s counties, serving nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees.  Founded in 1935, NACo unites county officials to:

  • Advocate county priorities in federal policymaking
  • Promote exemplary county policies and practices
  • Nurture leadership skills and expand knowledge networks
  • Optimize county and taxpayer resources and cost savings, and
  • Enrich the public’s understanding of county government.

NACo's Mission is to strengthen America’s counties.

Its Vision ... healthy, safe and vibrant counties across America.

Learn more about NACo and access all the latest County News from NACo here

UCCI Members ... 'Make the Most of your 2022 NACo Membership'

As a NACo member, all county elected officials and staff are members and can Access, Engage, Network, Save & Succeed

ACCESS a seat at the table
ENGAGE on the issues that matter
NETWORK with counties nationwide
SAVE money, time and resources
SUCCEED as a county and as an individual

The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America's 3,069 county governments.  Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public's understanding of county government, and exercise exemplary leadership in public service.

NACo Scholarships Available to Illinois Counties 

NACo High Performance County Leadership Academy 

NACo Enterprise Cybersecurity Leadership Academy

For more details, or assistance in finding out if you/your county are eligible, please contact either NACo Membership Services at membership@naco.org or 1-888-407-NACo (6226).


NACo conferences are key opportunities to exchange cutting-edge best practices and shape NACo’s federal policy agenda for the year ahead. 

February 12-16 (Washington, DC)
Virtual Option Available

2020 NACo Legislative Conference
February 29-March 4, 2020 in Washington, DC

UCCI Executive Committee Members … David Meyer, President; David Zimmerman, Vice-President; Joseph Payette, Secretary; Matthew Prochaska and Samuel Newton (Members), joined nearly 2,000 county leaders in Washington, D.C. for the National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference.

UCCI Executive Committee Members 
Participate in NACo Legislative Conference

“Federal decisions have direct and long-lasting impacts on county government,” said NACo President Mary Ann Borgeson. “This conference is an opportunity to strengthen our relationship with our federal partners as we share our own best practices with one another.”

President Donald J. Trump addressed county leaders and pledged that his administration will continue to be a “friend, partner, ally and resource” to America’s county governments.

Other speakers included U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Ben Carson; General Colin Powell, former Secretary of State and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield, M.D.

Participants also met with members of the Trump administration and bipartisan members of Congress on several key federal policy priorities like pre-trial detainee health care and recidivism, election security, the opioid and substance abuse epidemic, broadband accessibility and revitalizing American infrastructure.

The conference featured three briefings on Capitol Hill.
 ~ One on the intersection of health and justice in county jails
 ~ One on the county role in elections
 ~ One on county priorities in transportation and infrastructure legislation

There were more than two dozen policy workshops featuring county officials and other leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. They focused on topics like the opioid crisis, early childhood investments, workforce and economic development, transportation and infrastructure, public health and safety, mental health and jails and cybersecurity and technology.

The National Association of Counties strengthens America’s counties, including nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees. Founded in 1935, NACo unites county officials to advocate for county government priorities in federal policymaking; promote exemplary county policies and practices; nurture leadership skills and expand knowledge networks; optimize county and taxpayer resources and cost savings; and, enrich the public’s understanding of county government. 

      2019 Annual Conference Highlights
Clark County, Nevada

The NACo Annual Conference & Exposition is the largest meeting of county elected and appointed officials from across the country. Participants from counties of all sizes come together to shape NACo's federal policy agenda, share proven practices and strengthen knowledge networks to help improve residents’ lives and the efficiency of county government.  

The UCCI Executive Committee and Executive Director Mike McCreery were selected as NACo's '2019 Recruiter of the Year' and were officially recognized at the Membership Committee meeting held during the Annual Conference. Details available at this link.

Members of the Executive Committee present were David Meyer, President (Washington County Chair); David Zimmerman, Vice President (Tazewell County Chair); Joseph Payette, Secretary (Carroll County); and Board Members Samuel Newton (Stephenson County Vice Chair) and Matthew Prochaska (Kendall County Board Member).

Archived Articles from NACo County News NOW

  • June 21, 2018 ~ Win for Counties in Supreme Court Sales Tax Decision
    U.S. Supreme Court overturns "physical presence" standard in major sales tax collection case

    South Dakota versus Wayfair Supreme Court Decision.  In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled that states and local governments can require vendors with no physical presence in the state to collect and remit existing sales taxes on remote or online purchases.  Learn more at County News link above.

  • January 31, 2018 ... Supreme Court to hear case on internet sales tax collection