The 2016 WACO Conference will be in Laramie on September 27-29, 2016. Registration is now open!
The WACO Board is proud to present national speaker and author Paul Mellor's program Memory Power as an educational class this year. Registration is $40 and includes Paul's book, "Memory! How to Remember Anything." Read more about it on the education page, or on Paul's web site.
Raffle Thank You
The President's Raffle was a big success this year, as WACO members brought in almost $1,900 for the St. Paul's Newman Center in Laramie. Here is a thank you letter from the Center.
Thanks to all the sponsors, associations and WACO members that made the 2015 convention a great success. Also, thanks to Governor Mead, the other state elected officials and all the other speakers who attended and contributed. Finally, thanks to our Albany County hosts and President Baron for all the work they put into a great event.
Make sure and plan on joining us back in Laramie on September 27-29, 2016 for the 89th Annual WACO Convention.
Updated Agenda and Program Insert
Albany County Welcomes You to the 2015 WACO Convention!
Convention Agenda Posted and Proposed By-Law Changes
The agenda for the 2015 WACO Convention (updared 9/17) in Laramie is now available. Click the link to view or download it in PDF format.
The details are also available on the General Session page.
Running Out of Time for Reservations
The Convention is fast approaching! If you haven't yet made hotel reservations, please make them as soon as possible.
If the Hilton is full, these other hotels will rent you rooms at the WACO rate and are happy to accommodate you:
Make sure and ask for the WACO rate.
Report from the Annual NACo Convention
National Association of Counties Board of Directors members Loren Grosskopf and Joel Schell, along with many County Commissioners, traveled to Charlotte, NC for the annual convention. Here are some reports and documents of interest from the conference:
Some educational workshop videos of interest:
Member Registration Now Open
Member registration for the 2015 Convention in Laramie on September 22-24, 2015, is now open. Please visit the WACO Registration page to reserve your spot at the convention and register for educational classes.
The basic schedule for the convention is:
Sponsor Registration Now Open
WACO appreciates the sponsors who make the annual convention possible. Sponsor registration for the 88th Annual WACO Convention in Laramie, on September 22-24, 2015 is now open. This year's conference features new methods of recognition for sponsors, booths at the Hilton Gardon Inn and scheduled times to meet with different associations. The Wyoming Association of County Engineers and Road Supervisors is also scheduled to meet at WACO this year.
Thanks for a Successful Conference: Looking forward to Next Year
Thanks to everyone who made the 2014 Lander conference a success, especially all the Lander elected officials, hotel staff and businesses that were so gracious.
Save the date now for the 88th Annual WACO Convention, on September 22-24, 2015, in Laramie, at the Hilton Garden Inn. The Convention theme will be Management 307.
Welcome from Fremont County and Conference Program
A message from the Fremont County Elected Officials:
The message also contained a Guide to Fremont County Restaurants and Lodging.
Clerk of District Court Resolution
The Clerk of District Court's association has passed a resolution on fees that will be considered by the Resolutions Committee at WACO. They would like all of the associations to take a look at the resolution and its support in advance, so that any concerns can be addressed prior to the conference. Here's the information:
The registration for the 2014 WACO Convention in Lander is now open.
Vendor Registration Opens
It's time to get things rolling for the 2014 Convention. The Vendor Registration is now open. If you are interested in having a booth at the convention or sponsoring the Convention, proceed to the vendor page to get the scoop for this year. Hope to see you in Lander!
What a Ride
Thanks to everyone who attended and/or helped make the 2013 Convention a success. Special thanks to Past-President Julie Freese, her staff, and all the people in Fremont County. Make plans to join us for the 2014 Conference in Lander on September 23-25, 2014!
The second resolution is from the County Treasurer's Association. Resolution on Delinquent Interest.
Courtesy of Fremont County, here is a map of the Best Western Hotel showing the meeting rooms for each association.
Report from NACo
Here is a report from the NACo Annual Conference held in July.
Association Agendas Now Available
As association agendas are available for their meetings, the agendas will be posted on the Association Information page.
President's Letter and Icebreaker Invitation
WACO President Julie Freese offers her welcome to the convention in her President's Letter.
Conference Program Now Available
The latest confereence program is now available (in .pdf format)
Registration is now open for attendees and vendors. You can register by clicking the links in the menu or by using these links:
Association Times to Meet with Vendors Set
One piece of the feedback the board received from vendors indicated that the vendors wanted specific times to meet with people from the different associations. To that end, here is the schedule for associations to work into their meeting agendas:
The 2013 WACO Conference will be held in Lander on September 23-27, 2013. The conference theme will be "Rounding Up for a Common Goal."
The board is busy setting up speakers for the General Session and educational classes.
The main conference hotel will be the Best Western Inn at Lander, though some meetings will be held at other venues.
It will be an exciting conference so make plans to attend!
Deidra Henderson has accepted the position as WACO Secretary-Treasurer, so look for a new face at the conference this year. The board is very excited to have her aboard.
NaCo Adopts Legislative Policies and Resolutions
At the Legislative Conference in D.C., county officers from all around the country met to set legislative policies for the upcoming year. Highlights of issues specific to Wyoming include:
NaCo Works to Keep Bond Exemption
As negotiations continue in Washington after the sequester, the tax exempt status of municipal bonds has been threatened. Two proposals are currently being floated. One, by the President, would cap all deductions and exclusions at 28%, including interest on exempt bonds. The other proposal would completely eliminate the income tax exemption on interest earned on bonds. Analysts predict that the loss of the exemption would increase bond offerings by cities, towns and counties by 70 basis points, raising the cost of issuing debt and requiring taxpayers to pay longer to retire the debt.
At the NaCO legislative conference, the National Association of Counties teamed with the National League of Cities and the United States Conference of Mayors to lobby Congress and raise awareness of the impact of the exemption on counties. NaCO leaders continue to lobby for the effort.
Committee Materials Now Available
The committees that meet at WACO do some important business for the association. The reports the committees made during the General Session are available on the Committees page.
Thanks for a great Convention
Thanks to Dixie Huxtable, the Snow King Resort, Teton County, the WACO Board and everyone who attended the 85th Annual Convention for making it a great success.
Also, thanks to all the vendors and sponsors who make the convention possible. The list of vendors and sponsors is still available at the Vendor Index. Please make sure and contact them to express your appreciation.
Last updated 08/19/2013