The National Association of Black County Officials (NABCO) is comprised of African American elected or appointed local government officials and boasts membership in all 50 states. Founded in 1975, NABCO’s primary purpose is to support African American communities by providing direct support to black county officials.
NABCO’s 27th annual economic development conference, “Triple Bottom Line in 21st Century Economics,” will be held in Fort Worth, Texas in May of this year. The organization will provide participants with training, including but not limited to environmental justice and economic development.
Politic365 spoke with NABCO President Arlanda Williams, Council President of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. Of NABCO, President Williams explained the value and importance of a consortium of elected officials:
As African American elected officials, we are still dealing with not receiving information that is pertinent to our constituents, until it is too late. Issues like the digital divide and bridging the achievement gap, are formed because of a lack of information being distributed among African American leaders…our members have made a promise to stay abreast on issues around the country that we might become a support system for each other and transfer this information to our constituents.
Through workshops, conferences, educational seminars, publications, and technical assistance through grants and contracts, NABCO has proven to be a valuable resource for all county elected officials.
Many forms of government exist outside the normal urban city strucure. County officials are the foundation for government outside of city governance. Lending itself as a resources, the National Association of Black County Officials is a premiere organization serving the needs of the American people from the ground up.