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Don’t Wait! Register now for the 46th Annual Kansas Association of Counties Conference & Exhibition on Monday-Wednesday, October 18-20, 2021, at the Sheraton Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kansas. Conference Registration cutoff deadline is Friday, October 8, 2021.

Click here for the 46th Annual Kansas Association of Counties Conference and Exhibition Agenda. 

As of early October, there are over 330 county government staff representing 71 Kansas Counties registered for the annual conference, and over 90 diverse exhibitors ready to showcase their products and services at the conference exhibition on Tuesday afternoon, October 19.

Kansas County Members & Voting Delegates: Two important items for your review which will be voted on at the KAC Annual Conference Business Meeting on Tuesday, October 19 are shown below. 

2022 Proposed KAC Legislative Policy Statement DRAFT

2021 Proposed KAC Bylaw Changes DRAFT


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On May 10, 2021, the U.S. Department of Treasury released guidance on the State and Local Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Fund (Recovery Fund), part of the American Rescue Plan Act. The bill includes $65.1 billion in direct, flexible aid to every county in America, as well as other crucial investments in local communities. Additionally, the U.S. Treasury opened the new portal that counties must complete to receive Fiscal Recovery Funds. 

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) 

ARPA Program Funding Discussion Focused on Public Health Components

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 (H.R. 1319) is a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill signed into law on March 11, 2021. Recently, Kansas Counties have begun drawing down their share of the estimated $5 billion coming to Kansas to help fund recovery efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dennis Kriesel, Executive Director of the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments (KALHD), and Bruce Chladny, Executive Director of the Kansas Association of Counties (KAC), discussed the ARPA program with a focus on the public health components. 

This “high level” interactive program is designed to be a discussion for County Commissioners, Administrators, Local Health Department personnel, and other individuals working directly with local county ARPA funds. The presenters shared ideas about public health uses for these funds and asked attendees to share feedback on resources that might be helpful to foster their own recovery efforts. Funding for this project was provided by the Sunflower Foundation: Health Care for Kansans, a Topeka-based philanthropic organization with the mission to serve as a catalyst for improving the health of Kansans.

ARPA Program Funding Discussion Focused on Public Health Components Webinar Recording Link 9.24.2021

ARPA Program Funding Discussion Focused on Public Health Components PowerPoint Presentation  9.24.2021 

Helpful ARPA Links for Kansas Counties: 

National Association of Counties (NACo) American Rescue Plan Information

Kansas Governor's Office of Recovery: American Rescue Plan Information for Kansas 

Coronavirus COVID-19: Kansas Counties Information 

COVID-19 💉 Vaccine Information

Kansas COVID-19 Vaccine Information Website