WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lincoln County commissioner Anita McCall joined thousands of local government officials from across the country for the National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference held the first week of March in the nation’s capital.
This year marked the third time McCall has represented Lincoln at the conference hosted by NACo, a national advocacy and leadership organization representing the common interests of county governments. During the conference, county officials from across the nation hear from experts on federal policy issues affecting counties and meet with their region’s Congressional delegation to promote legislative priorities.
McCall’s presence in past years led to her appointment to the organization’s International Economic Development Task Force. Through her involvement with the task force, Lincoln County was recognized for its success in attracting and retaining international companies like Blum.
Marek Gootman, a fellow and director of strategic partnerships and global initiatives at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, asked McCall to share information about the apprenticeship program created by industries that call Lincoln County home.
In addition to her work with the International Economic Development Task Force, McCall was also able to meet with U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina. McCall asked Tillis to look into opportunities for federal funding to assist the county with traffic on the eastern end, grading needed to expand the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Regional Airport, the expansion of the county’s water and sewer systems and the opioid crisis.
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners recently voted to authorize commissioner travel on a case-by-case basis. In past discussions, the board has been split on whether the benefits of attending are worth the cost, so it’s unclear if McCall will continue to represent Lincoln County as a member of NACo.
There were no votes taken on policy matters at this month’s conference, but voting will take place at NACo’s next conference in Las Vegas this summer. Lincoln gets two votes based on its population, but those votes will be forfeited if the county is not represented at the event.