Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Clatsop Commissioners Huhtala And Lee Help Strengthen The Voice Of America's Counties At NACo's Annual Conference

July 22, 2011

A Press Release

2100 County Officials assemble in Portland to set national policies and share ideas

Portland, Oregon - Clatsop County Commissioners, Scott Lee and Peter Huhtala joined forces with 2100 county officials from across the country to help strengthen the voice of the nation's counties during the National Association of Counties(NACo) 76th Annual Conference and Exposition in Multnomah County, Portland, Oregon.

NACo's Annual Conference is the most important gathering of county officials of the year. It offers the best opportunity for leaders in county government to discuss pragmatic solutions to common challenges facing counties and communities.

Delegates adopted dozens of policy resolutions on federal legislation and funding priorites and issues affecting county government and communities which will guide the association's leaders, members and staff over the next 12 months.

Conference delegates learned about NACo member benefit programs which save money for counties and their residents. These include the NACo Prescription Discount Card Program, the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance and the Network of Care.

Another highlight of the Annual Conference was special appearances from prominent speakers, such as Bob Woodruff, ABC Correspondent and Founder of the Bob Woodruff Family Foundation for Traumatic Brain Injury; Ron Sims, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Francisco Sanchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce and Aaron Ralston, Mountain Climber and inspiration for the film, "127 Hours".

"It's critical that counties stand together and tell Washington that when the economy falters and there is high unemployment, services at the county level are needed most," Lee said. "Certainly there are places to reduce federal spending but, it should not be at the expense of public safety, emergency response, natural resources, transportation, infrastructure, environmental quality and health services that the people in our communites depend on. I believe the work we completed in Portland will go a long way toward delivering the county government message to Congress and the Administration."

For more information contact;
Clatsop County Commissioner, Scott Lee

(503) 325-1000

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