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NACo: As County Economies Go, So Goes the Nation

How does your county compare to counties in the rest of California, or the nation, in terms of the economic recovery?”

That question is answered in an interesting and comprehensive analysis released today by the National Association of Counties (NACo) that examines the performance of all 3,069 county economies. The report is titled “County Tracker 2013: On the Path to Recovery.” NACo’s conclusion: As our county economies go, so goes the nation’s economy.

AB 109 Realignment: Smart Justice in California Counties

The state’s 2011 shift of criminal justice responsibility to counties under AB 109 has generated extensive commentary and analysis about how well it’s working. As it happens, “Smart Justice” is the theme for the National Association of Counties’ County Government Month, and counties are indeed working smarter to manage these new responsibilities. Many counties are [...]

New Online Game Lets You Run Your Own County

Telling “the county story” is one of the ongoing challenges county officials across the country face day in and day out. Citizens seem to have a grasp for what their cities provide, but county services are more difficult for many people to get their arms around. Yet county services play an integral role in the [...]

Another Voice: Discussing Policy and Meeting the President

On Tuesday, May 3, I had the incredible privilege of attending at an important meeting in the Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C. Attended by NACo representatives from throughout the country, we had an opportunity to discuss key policy issues with Cabinet secretaries – not to mention the President and Vice President!  David Agnew, Deputy Director [...]

California’s Role in NACo is Strong

If you ever wonder about California ’s role in the National Association of Counties (NACo), just check out the March 29 edition of County News, NACo’s regular newspaper. It reads like a “Who’s Who” in California county government.