From the Executive Director: Week of January 24

24 Jan 2022, by Seth Grigg Share :

IAC Midwinter Legislative Conference: Virtual Attendance Option Now Available

In one week, county elected officials from around the state will gather in Boise for the IAC Midwinter Legislative Conference. This will be our first Midwinter Legislative Conference since the start of COVID and we look forward to seeing everyone in Boise. While we are excited to host those who come, we recognize that some of you may not be able to attend due to the ongoing pandemic. We want all of our elected officials to be able to participate in our conference.

To that end, for the first time, IAC is offering a virtual option for IAC members to participate remotely in the conference. Registration for the virtual sessions is only $50. Additionally, your staff are also welcome to register for the virtual sessions. This will allow your chief deputies and front-line staff to participate in the conference. While virtual registration does not include workshops and committee meetings, it does include streaming of the general sessions. Our general sessions will be held during the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, February 1 from 9:30 am – 11:00 am MT
    • IAC Legislative Briefing
    • Governor Brad Little (update on Governor’s 2022 legislative priorities)
  • Tuesday, February 1, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm MT
    • Legislative Leadership Panel featuring Speaker Scott Bedke, Pro Tem Chuck Winder, House Minority Leader Ilana Rubel, and Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett
  • Wednesday, February 2 from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm MT
    • Message from NACo President Larry Johnson
    • Keynote: Derrick Boles – The Leadership to Lead

If you aren’t able to join us in Boise, please consider registering to attend the conference virtually. You can register for the conference virtually by clicking here.

For those of you joining us in person, before you come, please reach out to your legislators and invite them to attend our legislative reception held Wednesday evening. This is one of the highlights not only of our conference, but of the legislative session, marking one of the largest gatherings of elected officials in Idaho. I also recommend making time aside from the reception to meet with your legislators, be it in their offices in the Statehouse, for early morning breakfast or for dinner on Monday or Tuesday evening. The one-on-one time you have with your legislators in Boise is essential for you to be able to tell your county’s story.