County Board Members

Wednesday, December 12 - Opening Ceremonies 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Thursday, December 13

Diamond Ballrooms 1, 2, 6 & 7      map-icon

8:30 a.m.—10:00 a.m.

Panel Discussion to Address Stepping Up Program

Stepping Up is a NACo initiative outlining the challenges rural counties face when trying to reduce incarceration of people with mental and co-concurring substance abuse disorders in jails. A panel discussion from local entities will address the issues and lead into a discussion about a Nebraska initiative that will be developed at a spring conference in Lincoln.


10:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.  Sessions Sponsored by Berggren Architects

Jail Standards

Denny Macomber from the Nebraska Crime Commission will speak on current jail standards. Why compliance is required and what should county boards know that will affect their continued compliance.
Department of Motor Vehicles—VicToRy Project—An update by Betty Johnson on the motor vehicle system modernization and the impact on counties.

12:00 p.m. Lunch On Your Own
1:30 p.m.—2:15 p.m. Concurrent Break Out Sessions
(Choose One Of The Following Sessions)

Department of Ag Matrix - Diamond Ballroom 1

Steve Martin from the Nebraska Department of Ag will discuss current developments arising out of current legislation and how the Ag Matrix affects the changing agricultural community. He will be accompanied by Kristin Hassebrook from the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska.

Roadside Spray Drift - Diamond Ballroom 2

Greg Kruger, a UNL educator from North Platte will address the issues of spray drift and local crop damage during application.

Wind Power Panel Discussion - Diamond Ballroom 6

Lucas Nelson from the Nebraska Center for Rural Affairs will head a panel discussion about wind power benefits, challenges and future changes needed.

Assisting our Children in Legal Services - Diamond Ballroom 7

Betsy Vidlak, Director of the Youth Services for the Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska will provide participants with an overview of the services available to our youth, how they are administered and the steps needed to provide for the future care.

2:15 p.m.—2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m.—3:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

(Choose One Of The Previously Listed Afternoon Sessions)

3:30 p.m.

Brownie Break with Vendors

4:00 p.m.

Drawings for Vendor Prizes

5:00 p.m.

Vendor Sponsored Activities

Friday, December 14 - Breakfast, Business Meeting & Awards Ceremony