BY: NACo | Integrating food systems into economic development plans |
May 9, 2013
County and regional leaders are integrating food systems into economic development plans. These efforts are reinvigorating rural economies to foster economic development connected to local, agricultural economies. Join NACo to learn about national trends and hear from HUD Sustainable Communities grantees.
The inaugural meeting of the Conference of State Majority Leaders is scheduled to take place in Atlanta beginning Thursday evening, May 9 and concluding Saturday, May 11. This groundbreaking program is sponsored by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Our official hosts are Georgia House Majority Leader Larry O’Neal, Chair of the CSML, and West Virginia Senate Majority Leader John Unger II, Vice Chair.
Every house and senate majority leader in the nation is invited to attend what will be a first class program in every way—exceptional curriculum and presenters, superb accommodations, enjoyable evening events, and the SLLF’s special brand of meticulous attention to detail. Among our special guest presenters will be Dr. Larry J. Sabato, Director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, whom many of you will recognize from his appearances on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News.
A new report by the Government Accountability Office forecasts a gloomy outlook for state and local government budgets, finding an ever-widening gap between projected revenues and expenses for years to come.
A great opportunity for our nation’s urban county elected officials to educate federal policymakers and other key federal officials about the importance of counties and the unique issues facing urban areas. This year’s event will focus on the county role in addressing the essential building blocks for our nation’s economic prosperity and economic growth. We will be discussing the potential impacts of pending federal policy debates on Medicaid reform, tax-exempt municipal bonds, treatment of remote and online sales taxes, workforce readiness and other essential economic and community development issues.
Is your state ready for Marketplace open enrollment in October 2013?
In a few short months, millions of uninsured Americans will qualify for affordable healthcare coverage either through Medicaid, CHIP or tax subsidies.
Nationally, six straight years of revenue declines have put enormous pressure on state and local governments, nevertheless, some are thriving. Standard & Poor's, the credit-rating agency, reports that it issued more bond upgrades than downgrades in 2012.