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Stories of Innovative Counties, New Local Government Best Practices, and Updates on Issues Important to Counties

Latest Episodes

Diversifying Economies in Coal-Reliant Communities

NACo recently released a new podcast focusing on economic diversification and transition in coal-reliant communities. Due to the recent downturn in the coal industry, communities that have been economically reliant on the coal industry for generations are facing severe challenges and uncertainty. In 2014, NACo formed a partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration (mailto:https://www.eda.gov) and the National Association of Development Organization Research Foundation (mailto:http://www.nado.org) to assist county and regional leaders in places seeking new approaches to economic development. This partnership launched the Coal-Reliant Communities Innovation Challenge (http://www.naco.org/resources/programs-and-initiatives/coal-reliant-communities-innovation-challenge) , the centerpiece of which was three training workshops held in 2015 in Kentucky, Colorado, and West Virginia. These team-based training workshops provided counties and regions with technical assistance t...

26 MIN2016 MAR 29
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Diversifying Economies in Coal-Reliant Communities

Counties Connect America: Get Involved in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

With the Iowa caucuses just around the corner, Counties Connect America – NACo’s 2016 U.S. Presidential Initiative – provides a look at how county officials underscore the importance of a strong intergovernmental partnership.

14 MIN2016 JAN 30
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Counties Connect America: Get Involved in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

White House Taskforce on Climate Preparedness and Resilience

From 2014-2015, 26 government leaders from across the country participated in the White House’s State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, with the goal of providing President Obama with in-depth information about how the federal government can help local governments better prepare for and address climate resilience issues. Many of the task force members are governors and mayors, and three county officials were also invited to participate. They include Commissioner Paula Brooks from Franklin County, Ohio and Supervisor Salud Carbajal from Santa Barbara County, California.

12 MIN2015 NOV 6
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White House Taskforce on Climate Preparedness and Resilience

County Prosperity Summits: Strategies for Asset-based Economic Development

In 2015, NACo worked with five counties across the country (Titus County, Texas; Shasta County, Calif. Scott County, Ky.; Cheatham County, Tenn.; and Cape May County, N.J.) to host County Prosperity Summits. At these one-day summits, national experts joined with local leaders to generate creative solutions around local economic opportunities using the WealthWorks framework, which focuses on using local assets to grow local wealth. In each county, we spoke with summit participants to learn about their reasons for hosting a summit and how they plan to use what they learned to build wealth in their communities.

25 MIN2015 OCT 16
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County Prosperity Summits: Strategies for Asset-based Economic Development

Building Successful Food Systems

The term ‘food system’ refers to all of the elements involved with food in a community, including growing, harvesting, processing and distributing, as well as food consumption and disposal. Counties are focused on building thriving food systems which include healthy, locally grown products, nutritious meals and equitable distribution of high quality foods. This podcast explores how Yolo County, Calif. and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are strengthening local food systems by improving food security, ensuring access to nutritional food and bolstering the viability of America’s agricultural industry.

19 MIN2015 AUG 25
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Building Successful Food Systems

Cross Jurisdictional Sharing

Many counties are collaborating across political boundaries to share services, resources, or capacities with neighboring counties, cities, or local tribes. Collaboration can result in economies of scale that increase effectiveness and efficiency. This podcast explores this approach, which is called cross-jurisdictional sharing. The Center for Sharing Public Health Services is a national resource on cross-jurisdictional sharing. It is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and managed by the Kansas Health Institute. For more information, visit the Center’s website at phsharing.org.

13 MIN2015 AUG 7
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Cross Jurisdictional Sharing

An Overview of County Administration: Appointed County Administrators

New research (http://www.naco.org/research/Pages/countyadministrators.aspx) shows that many county governments turn to county administrators to help deliver core services like health care, criminal justice, public infrastructure and economic development. Peter Austin, McHenry County, Ill. Administrator discusses his experience with the responsibilities, challenges and successes as an appointed county administrator.

8 MIN2015 JUN 18
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An Overview of County Administration: Appointed County Administrators

Health Coverage Enrollment in Cook County Jail

Counties in states that have expanded Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have the opportunity to enroll newly eligible detainees or inmates into Medicaid coverage, which can reduce recidivism and lower county health care costs. One county that has embraced this opportunity is Cook County, Ill. In October 2012, Cook County received permission from the federal government to start early enrollment of newly eligible individuals into Medicaid—and in April of 2013 began the Jail Enrollment Project for newly eligible detainees and inmates at the Cook County Jail. Leaders from the County Board, Sheriff’s Office and Health and Hospitals System came together to develop a plan to enroll individuals in the jail and connect them with health coverage and services. In this episode, we hear from several of those leaders – Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, and CEO of the Cook County Health & Hospitals System, Dr. John Jay Shanno...

17 MIN2015 JUN 5
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Health Coverage Enrollment in Cook County Jail

Roadmaps to Health Community Coaching Program

As part of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, Roadmaps to Health Community Coaching is available to local leaders across the country to strengthen their capacity to address health in their communities. Community Coaches bring experience and knowledge with a host of different backgrounds to assist local leaders in advancing their efforts to build a Culture of Health. In this episode we sit down with County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program Co-Director Julie Willems Van Dijk to discuss the Roadmaps to Health Community Coaching program. We are also joined by Commissioner Bill Butticci from Gem County, Idaho and Kate Konkle, the Roadmaps to Health Community Coach that worked with Gem County, to learn about how the program works in practice. This podcast features music from Broke For Free and Chris Zabriskie.

12 MIN2015 MAY 21
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Roadmaps to Health Community Coaching Program

Investing in Your County’s Employee Wellness Program

Employers across the country are exploring employee wellness programs as away to improve the health of their employees while mitigating health care costs.What type of employee wellness programs do counties have? What does it takein terms resources to develop a comprehensive program? Have any countiesseen a return on their investment? To answer these questions, we sat down with officials from Hopkins County, Ky. and Santa Fe County, N.M. to discuss howeach county implemented an employee wellness program. This podcast features music from Broke for Free, The Underscore Orkestra and Monk Turner.

13 MIN2015 MAY 14
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Investing in Your County’s Employee Wellness Program

Latest Episodes

Diversifying Economies in Coal-Reliant Communities

NACo recently released a new podcast focusing on economic diversification and transition in coal-reliant communities. Due to the recent downturn in the coal industry, communities that have been economically reliant on the coal industry for generations are facing severe challenges and uncertainty. In 2014, NACo formed a partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration (mailto:https://www.eda.gov) and the National Association of Development Organization Research Foundation (mailto:http://www.nado.org) to assist county and regional leaders in places seeking new approaches to economic development. This partnership launched the Coal-Reliant Communities Innovation Challenge (http://www.naco.org/resources/programs-and-initiatives/coal-reliant-communities-innovation-challenge) , the centerpiece of which was three training workshops held in 2015 in Kentucky, Colorado, and West Virginia. These team-based training workshops provided counties and regions with technical assistance t...

26 MIN2016 MAR 29
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Diversifying Economies in Coal-Reliant Communities

Counties Connect America: Get Involved in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

With the Iowa caucuses just around the corner, Counties Connect America – NACo’s 2016 U.S. Presidential Initiative – provides a look at how county officials underscore the importance of a strong intergovernmental partnership.

14 MIN2016 JAN 30
Comments
Counties Connect America: Get Involved in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

White House Taskforce on Climate Preparedness and Resilience

From 2014-2015, 26 government leaders from across the country participated in the White House’s State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, with the goal of providing President Obama with in-depth information about how the federal government can help local governments better prepare for and address climate resilience issues. Many of the task force members are governors and mayors, and three county officials were also invited to participate. They include Commissioner Paula Brooks from Franklin County, Ohio and Supervisor Salud Carbajal from Santa Barbara County, California.

12 MIN2015 NOV 6
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White House Taskforce on Climate Preparedness and Resilience

County Prosperity Summits: Strategies for Asset-based Economic Development

In 2015, NACo worked with five counties across the country (Titus County, Texas; Shasta County, Calif. Scott County, Ky.; Cheatham County, Tenn.; and Cape May County, N.J.) to host County Prosperity Summits. At these one-day summits, national experts joined with local leaders to generate creative solutions around local economic opportunities using the WealthWorks framework, which focuses on using local assets to grow local wealth. In each county, we spoke with summit participants to learn about their reasons for hosting a summit and how they plan to use what they learned to build wealth in their communities.

25 MIN2015 OCT 16
Comments
County Prosperity Summits: Strategies for Asset-based Economic Development

Building Successful Food Systems

The term ‘food system’ refers to all of the elements involved with food in a community, including growing, harvesting, processing and distributing, as well as food consumption and disposal. Counties are focused on building thriving food systems which include healthy, locally grown products, nutritious meals and equitable distribution of high quality foods. This podcast explores how Yolo County, Calif. and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are strengthening local food systems by improving food security, ensuring access to nutritional food and bolstering the viability of America’s agricultural industry.

19 MIN2015 AUG 25
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Building Successful Food Systems

Cross Jurisdictional Sharing

Many counties are collaborating across political boundaries to share services, resources, or capacities with neighboring counties, cities, or local tribes. Collaboration can result in economies of scale that increase effectiveness and efficiency. This podcast explores this approach, which is called cross-jurisdictional sharing. The Center for Sharing Public Health Services is a national resource on cross-jurisdictional sharing. It is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and managed by the Kansas Health Institute. For more information, visit the Center’s website at phsharing.org.

13 MIN2015 AUG 7
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Cross Jurisdictional Sharing

An Overview of County Administration: Appointed County Administrators

New research (http://www.naco.org/research/Pages/countyadministrators.aspx) shows that many county governments turn to county administrators to help deliver core services like health care, criminal justice, public infrastructure and economic development. Peter Austin, McHenry County, Ill. Administrator discusses his experience with the responsibilities, challenges and successes as an appointed county administrator.

8 MIN2015 JUN 18
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An Overview of County Administration: Appointed County Administrators

Health Coverage Enrollment in Cook County Jail

Counties in states that have expanded Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have the opportunity to enroll newly eligible detainees or inmates into Medicaid coverage, which can reduce recidivism and lower county health care costs. One county that has embraced this opportunity is Cook County, Ill. In October 2012, Cook County received permission from the federal government to start early enrollment of newly eligible individuals into Medicaid—and in April of 2013 began the Jail Enrollment Project for newly eligible detainees and inmates at the Cook County Jail. Leaders from the County Board, Sheriff’s Office and Health and Hospitals System came together to develop a plan to enroll individuals in the jail and connect them with health coverage and services. In this episode, we hear from several of those leaders – Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, and CEO of the Cook County Health & Hospitals System, Dr. John Jay Shanno...

17 MIN2015 JUN 5
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Health Coverage Enrollment in Cook County Jail

Roadmaps to Health Community Coaching Program

As part of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, Roadmaps to Health Community Coaching is available to local leaders across the country to strengthen their capacity to address health in their communities. Community Coaches bring experience and knowledge with a host of different backgrounds to assist local leaders in advancing their efforts to build a Culture of Health. In this episode we sit down with County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program Co-Director Julie Willems Van Dijk to discuss the Roadmaps to Health Community Coaching program. We are also joined by Commissioner Bill Butticci from Gem County, Idaho and Kate Konkle, the Roadmaps to Health Community Coach that worked with Gem County, to learn about how the program works in practice. This podcast features music from Broke For Free and Chris Zabriskie.

12 MIN2015 MAY 21
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Roadmaps to Health Community Coaching Program

Investing in Your County’s Employee Wellness Program

Employers across the country are exploring employee wellness programs as away to improve the health of their employees while mitigating health care costs.What type of employee wellness programs do counties have? What does it takein terms resources to develop a comprehensive program? Have any countiesseen a return on their investment? To answer these questions, we sat down with officials from Hopkins County, Ky. and Santa Fe County, N.M. to discuss howeach county implemented an employee wellness program. This podcast features music from Broke for Free, The Underscore Orkestra and Monk Turner.

13 MIN2015 MAY 14
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Investing in Your County’s Employee Wellness Program