The National Association of Counties Legislative Conference wrapped up early this week. Two county officials from Utah left their mark as participants at the conference.
UAC President and Iron County Assessor Cindy Bulloch was invited to participate on a panel discussion at the County Leadership Institute (CLI) meeting. She, and two other panelists – also members of her 2017 CLI class – discussed Adaptive Leadership and how it can help county officials change their leadership styles. She and the others shared their experiences with adaptive leadership and the CLI program for those interested in participating.
CLI is designed for elected or appointed officials at the policy-making level with at least three years’ experience and a demonstrated interest in innovative approaches to governance. State association executive directors are encouraged to nominate up to two leaders each year.
UAC Secretary and Weber County Commissioner James Ebert was also invited to participate on a panel discussion about multi-generational poverty.
Along with Ebert, the panel consisted of Nebraska Rep. Adrian Smith, New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich, NACo president Roy Brooks, Mobile County Alabama Commissioner Merceria Ludgood, and Washington County Executive Director Charles Rudelitch.
The group discussed how their jurisdictions are investing in services and partnering with federal and state partners to disrupt and break cycles of poverty and help people thrive.
Bulloch, CEO Adam Trupp, and Operations Director Brandy Grace met with representatives from the USDA regarding five state’s they are targeting efforts to address the opioid epidemic in rural counties (Utah being one of the five).
And, finally, UAC attendees to the conference gathered for an evening dinner and remarks by congressional delegation members at the Library of Congress: Rep. Rob Bishop, Rep. Mia Love, Rep, Chris Stewart, Rep. John Curtis, and Sen. Mike Lee.