The National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference and Exposition was held in Columbus, Ohio July 21-24. On the last day of the Conference President Bryan Desloge gave way to the new president, Roy Charles Brooks of Tarrant County, Texas. Greg Cox (San Diego County, CA) was installed as first Vice President, while Mary Ann Borgeson (Douglas County, Neb.) ran unopposed for the second Vice President position.
President Brooks announced his new appointments for the various steering committees. Two National Association of County Engineers (NACE) members were reappointed to their respective leadership positions on the Transportation Steering Committee. Richie Beyer (Elmore County, AL) and Dan Fedderly (WI County Highway Association) will continue as Vice-Chairs for the next year. In addition, Richie was installed as the NACE representative on the NACo Board of Directors, starting his two-year term at the July 2017 meeting. NACo is the parent association of NACE and represents the nation’s 3,069 counties at the federal level. Richie is the first Alabama County Engineer to serve in this role in recent history and is a past president of NACE.
Several NACE drafted and/or supported resolutions were accepted by the Transportation Steering Committee and ultimately were adopted by the NACo membership. Richie Beyer led the discussion on a Resolution in Support of Eliminating Regulatory Impediments for Effective Delivery of Federal Aid Projects. Scott McGolpin (County of Santa Barbara, CA and the NACE Western Region Vice President) led the discussion on a Resolution in Support of Direct Funding to Local Governments for the Improvement and Maintenance of Local Roads in America within the Proposed Infrastructure Spending Bill.
“The Elmore County Commission wants to be on the forefront of national and state issues so we can place our county in the best position possible to succeed. Participation at the state and federal level to ensure local government can adequately serve our citizens is a critical element of that success,” stated Troy Stubbs, Elmore County Commission Chairman.