Ian M. Coyle, Livingston County Administrator, was one of nearly 2,000 county officials from around the country who attended the multi-day National Association of Counties (NACo) 2022 Legislative Conference at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC this week.
County officials engaged in policy and educational sessions, interacted with federal representatives, and participated in various meetings. In addition, NACo legislative staff briefed county officials on legislation being discussed in Congress that would have an impact on counties.
Among the featured speakers at this year’s conference were President Joe Biden, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, EPA Administrator Michael Regan and others, including Senator John Cornyn. The 2022 Legislative Conference comes on the heels of major victories for counties in past months, including passage of the $1 trillion infrastructure bill in November and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) last winter. The ARPA alone included a distribution of $12.2 million in Federal dollars to Livingston County.
Workshops focused on Workforce Development and ARPA, among other topics, as well as an overview of the federal Broadband funding landscape. Coyle met with Federal officials and advocated for the County’s Light Up Livingston initiative, which endeavors to bring fiber-to-the-home to every address point in the County.
“NACo is a first-class organization and they use their reputation for bipartisanship to convene a sizeable gathering of County stakeholders and Federal officials to advance the causes important to governments like Livingston County. We use the legislative conference as an opportunity to participate in key professional development and training sessions but, more importantly, to advocate for County positions, funding requests and grant applications,” stated Coyle.
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