Commissioner Cindy Bobbitt helps set national policies affecting American communities

County officials from across the country assemble at NACo annual conference in Tarrant County, Texas under theme: Why Counties Matter

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Grant County Commissioner Cindy Bobbitt recently joined 2,300 fellow county officials from across the country during the 2013 NACo Annual Conference: County Solutions and Idea Marketplace in Tarrant County/Fort Worth, Texas to establish national policies affecting counties and work collaboratively to find and share innovative solutions to challenges facing American communities.  The theme of this year’s annual conference was “Why Counties Matter.”

NACo’s Annual Conference is the most important gathering of county officials of the year.  Decisions made during the conference allow counties to speak with a strong, clear and unified voice to the Administration, Congress and the American people on issues ranging from transportation and water infrastructure, health care and court and jail systems.  In addition, delegates in attendance elected and installed its 2013-14 association officers to lead NACo and heard from prominent national speakers.

Bobbitt said the conference was productive and informative.

 “Congress and administration officials need to fully understand and appreciate why counties matter in America’s system of federalism,” Bobbitt said.  “Through NACo we are reminding our federal representatives that county government delivers essential services directly to the American people.  Local government needs to be heard in Washington, D.C.”

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 3,069 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.  For more information about NACo, visit www.naco.org.

Bobbitt serves on the NACo Board of Directors, Chair of the Membership Committee, Vice-Chair of the Transportation Highway Committee and as an Ambassador. 

A major issue of discussion at the conference was NACo’s efforts to protect the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds.  NACo recently released important new research on the risky impact of changes to the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds on counties and their residents.  Municipal bonds enable state and local governments to build essential infrastructure projects, such as schools, hospitals and roads.

NACo President Chris Rodgers, commissioner, Douglas County, Neb., thanked all the NACo members who participated in the annual conference in helping to shape the policies and federal funding priorities that will guide NACo over the next 12 months.  Policy resolutions adopted at the conference will be posted soon at www.naco.org.

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