by Robert Donnan, assistant program manager, ICMA/NACA
National County Government Month (NCGM), held each April, is an annual celebration of county government. Since 1991, the National Association of Counties (NACo) has encouraged counties to actively promote county services and programs. It is an opportunity to highlight effective county programs and raise public awareness and understanding about the many services they provide.
This year, the theme is “Serving the Underserved.” The theme encourages counties, parishes, and boroughs to feature programs and services that are making a difference in families’ lives and helping to break multigenerational cycles of poverty.
In NACo’s NCGM toolkit, there are a variety of ideas on how to share these efforts, which include establishing a planning committee, creating outreach activities, and getting the local media involved. Suggestions include holding an open house at county departments to showcase the services they provide, offering tours to show how county facilities operate, and holding a job fair to highlight workforce development efforts, just to name a few.
Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #NCGM.
NACA, an ICMA affiliate, encourages professional development for county administrators and provides information and resources to its members to improve the management of county government. You can access notes from the Idea Exchange, where county officials from across the country discuss issues in an informal setting, and The Journal of County Administration.
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