KANSAS CITY, MO – Jackson County and the entire Kansas City area are hosting the 2008 National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference and Exposition today through Tuesday, July 15. More than 3,100 county officials from across the United States have registered to attend. The Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association estimates the economic impact of the conference will exceed $6.2 million.
The Conference and Exposition includes numerous seminars as well as tours of sites throughout the Greater Kansas City area.
The featured speaker for the conference’s general opening session, 9 a.m. Sunday in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center, is David M. Walker, former Comptroller General for the United States, who is now president/CEO of The Peterson Foundation. Renowned historian and NBC News commentator Doris Kearns Goodwin will be the featured speaker for the closing session at 2:15 p.m. next Tuesday also at the Kansas City Convention Center.
NACo President Eric Coleman, an Oakland County, Michigan Commissioner, and Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders will be throwing out the first pitches at Kauffman Stadium prior to tonight’s 7:10 game between the Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners.
NACo is the only organization that represents county governments in the United States. Founded in 1935, NACo’s membership now includes more than 2,000 counties, representing more than 80 percent of the nation’s population.