The National Association of Counties (NACo) strengthens America’s counties, serving nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees.
The Digital Coast supports NACo members through its innovative public-private partnership, which provides broad data resources to communities and others in order to help local governments protect vulnerable populations and public infrastructure. The data-driven process helps decision-makers explain and sell public safety improvements to their residents and businesses. For example, when Monterey County, California, population of 438,000, completed its hazard mitigation plan in 2007, it did not use Digital Coast. When the county and its 12 municipalities went to develop an updated, multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan in 2013, they decided to use the Digital Coast to help address recent and ongoing vulnerabilities within the county—between 2007 and 2013, the county experienced 41 natural hazard events, causing over $32 million in damages. Using Digital Coast throughout the entire updated planning process allowed each of the participating communities to realistically assess risks, determine specific, achievable actions, and streamline the planning process, saving the county money.
Education and Training pages on the NACo website provide links to workshops, podcasts, and video resources to strengthen the capacity of county leaders.