"With more than 17 years of government experience, I know what it takes to find solutions, navigate complicated governmental agencies and get things done. “Making The Heart Of America Stronger” is not just a slogan to me, it is how I see NACo continuing to build upon the great foundation laid by the many outstanding leaders that have brought the Association this far. We, each of us, have a commitment to our respective communities to help them achieve and remain on the cutting edge of the latest technological developments that enhance service delivery in our counties. We must strive to learn from each other and utilize best practices to further innovate economic development. As your 2nd Vice President I will bring my knowledge, depth of experience, solid leadership, dedication and commitment to help continue to move NACo forward."
- COMMISSIONER LARRY "LJ" JOHNSON
This includes a comprehensive transportation network that incorporates regional transit and 21st Century technology. This also includes water supply issues which are at the forefront of many points of discussion amongst leaders around the county. As a group, we must focus our efforts on a global approach which includes crafting recommendations for Congressional consideration for legislation that serves to bridge the gaps that exist and not engender polarization. This strategy also includes rebuilding our roads, shoring up and replacing bridges, establishing walking/biking trails, making our communities walkable through sidewalk installations and above all incorporating rail. Rail is a direct path to sustainable, environmentally friendly communities.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION
An innovative economy stresses entrepreneurship and innovation. In order to continue to grow our economy, we must educate our workforce and entrepreneurs to meet the needs of the 21st Century. This economy must increase manufacturing, farming and technology driven jobs for our counties. Our counties must economically think globally, act regionally and plan locally. I will use my international relationships and resources to set up business fairs at our Legislative Conference, to provide us with opportunities to interact with foreign countries who are interested in trading with our counties. This is a way to build strategic relationships that promote not only trade but other cultural opportunities. I will strengthen the partnership with NextGen so future voices are at the table to make our counties stronger. It is said that ‘a rising tide lifts all boats,’ and a rising tide of economic innovation lifts the boats of all.
The continued development of communities that are walkable, vibrant centers that support people of all ages and abilities is a standard we must work to meet and exceed. A healthy, vibrant community has at its core, components that promote healthy living, as well as the arts. We have to become more strategic with our respective budgets and not simply balance our budgets by cutting arts programs designed for our citizens. Additionally, counties that have large tracts of land owned by the federal government should be allowed a place at the table to take part in determining how the land will be utilized. I will also be an advocate for counties on common sense water regulations. "The last thing counties need to be doing is paying a bunch of consultants to figure out regulations while economic development and green space use is held up." I will work collaboratively with the Western Interstate Region, Rural Action Caucus and Large Urban County Caucus to make sure counties are at the table to have input on these critical quality of life factors.
Education is an essential component of any strategy. I advocate increased educational opportunities for NACo members. I believe that we should, in our capacities as elected officials, work towards a leadership development program that provides accreditation to our membership which includes a premier certification. As a Commissioner in Georgia, the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) “Advancing Georgia’s Counties” has a certification program in which all Commissioners must participate. On a national level, we can work with well-known colleges and universities to establish a program which grants credits toward a designated certification. This would greatly enhance the knowledge base of NACo members.
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