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    Rosier Participates in NACo/WIR Conference to Address Federal Issues Affecting Western Counties

    WASHINGTON, D.C. –Jefferson County Commissioner Donald Rosier participated in the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) 2013 Western Interstate Region (WIR) Conference May 22-24 in Coconino County/Flagstaff, Ariz. to discuss public and forest lands, disaster preparedness and recovery, public-private partnerships and other issues important to western counties and communities.

    The conference provided county officials with the opportunity to hear national speakers, discuss federal legislation and network with other county officials from across the country.

    Featured speakers included Bruce Bugoski, personal motivational author and columnist; Ed Fox, vice president of state and local affairs, Arizona Public Service Company, and James D. Ogsbury, executive director of the Western Governors Association.

    Breakout sessions explored topic including: Public-Private Partnerships: Utilizing the Private Sector to Address the Needs of Your County; Smart Justice Practices and Cost Savings Measures; Forest Health: The Economics of Treatment versus Large-Scale Forest Fires; Beyond Civility: Communication for Effective Governance; A Multi-State Overview of Sage Grouse Conservation Efforts in the West, and Recovering After Disaster and Protecting Your Community from Further Disaster.

    Commissioner Rosier serves as chairman of the Land Use and Energy Steering Committee and is president of the Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) Front Range District. “Bringing together county officials from 15 western states, sharing and learning of their experiences, was especially valuable,” said Rosier. Currently Rosier is working with local, state and federal elected officials throughout the western United States regarding wildfire control and prevention along with forest management.

    WIR President Jerome Selby, Mayor, Kodiak Island Borough, Alaska, said the WIR Conference is one of the most important meetings of the year for county officials interested in economic and rural development, land use, and other western issues.

    WIR is affiliated with NACo and is dedicated to the promotion of western interests within NACo. Its membership consists of fifteen western states with membership funded through the individual state associations.

    For more information about WIR, contact Ryan Yates at 202.942.4207 or visit www.naco.org.

    May 30, 2013

    Last Updated: 6-5-2013