The annual TCSA Legislative Conference is taking shape as we prepare for several days of valuable meetings. As usual, the conference will feature training opportunities, informative presentations and plenty of opportunities to network with your colleagues. The program opens Tuesday morning with a slate of training sessions for county highway officials. The presenters include representatives from the Federal Highway Administration, Tennessee Department of Safety and Tennessee’s Development Districts. While these sessions are underway for highway officials, county commissioners will be meeting in the various TCCA committees to discuss issues related to veterans, transportation, membership and more. County mayors will have an opportunity to hear presentations from affiliate members that provide goods and services to county governments that can help them deliver services to their residents in a more effective and efficient manner.
The afternoon General Session will kick off with a presentation from a former county commissioner and active TCSA member, Treasurer David Lillard. Treasurer Lillard will share updates from his office on new programs that are of interest to county governments. We also plan to have a roundtable discussion covering the outcomes of the recent legislative session. The session will wrap up with a presentation from TCSA’s new endorsed program Cashvest by three+one®. We are excited to be bringing this national vendor to Tennessee counties to assist them with liquidity analysis and management of the county’s revenue streams to help county officials get the most out of every taxpayer dollar. Tuesday evening, officials are free to see the sights of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains.
Wednesday we kick off with another general session and have invited representatives from the Tennessee Department of Education for an in-depth discussion of the state’s new education funding formula. Also planned for that morning are the annual presentation of clean audit awards by State Comptroller Jason Mumpower. After the delegate lunch, the programs will continue with updates focused on criminal justice and jails. We will be hearing from Will Wall and his staff at the Tennessee Corrections Institute about the latest program and grant opportunities for jails and Jeff Fladen of NAMI Tennessee about Crisis Intervention Training for law enforcement. The membership will break off into affiliate meetings of mayors, commissioners and highway officials for the rest of Wednesday afternoon before the conference-wide picnic dinner that night.
Thursday morning we will hear from Dr. Bill Fox of the University of Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research with a forecast for what the year ahead may hold for Tennessee’s economy and revenue streams like sales tax and gas tax. We will also hear from the new Institute of Public Service SMART network that will be helping coordinate Tennessee’s opioid abatement response.
As various speakers are having to coordinate their schedules with other commitments, some of these presentations may have to be adjusted to other time slots within the conference. But rest assured, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn, collaborate, network and relax with fellow county officials from across the state.
Check our website www.tncounties.org for additional details, and view the tentative conference agenda here.