National County Government Month
National County Government Month (NCGM), held each April, is an annual celebration of county government. Since 1991, the National Association of Counties (NACo) has encouraged counties to actively promote the services and programs they offer. Counties can schedule activities any time during the month. NCGM is an excellent opportunity for your county to highlight effective county programs and raise public awareness and understanding about the various services provided to the community.
MAC is proud to partner with NACo and other county associations around the U.S. to honor public servants in county government and highlight the work they do to make our communities great places to live.
The coronavirus pandemic highlights the importance of county government. Counties are on the front lines protecting our communities from coronavirus and other illnesses that have the potential to become a pandemic. Counties support over 900 hospitals and operate over 1,900 public health departments, which are the ground troops in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. Local health departments are working to protect public health by communicating with transportation officials, educating health care providers and communicating to the public best practices to reduce the spread of infectious diseases.
ASSEMBLE THE PLANNING TEAM!
DO WHAT YOU CAN DO
THE MEDIA CAN BE YOUR ALLY
DON’T REINVENT THE WHEEL
- Sample press release for local media
- Sample proclamation for NCGM by your board
- Art Contest (for involving schools)
- Hashtags for tweets on your work: #wearecounties #NCGM
- NCGM logo – full color
- NCGM logo – B&W
- Media toolkit
MAC IS HERE TO HELP
NCGM 2021 Resources
- NCGM Sample Proclamation for Counties
- NCGM Sample Press Release
- NACo Media Relations Guide
- iCivics & Counties Work
- Counties Matter
- County Explorer
MI County Matters
Launched in 2016, the “MI County Matters” site – www.micountymatters.org – is designed to inform both the public and policy-makers about the central role county services play in daily life.
The site pairs quick, easily accessible summaries of county responsibilities with large databases on county activities to give the public a complete picture of what county leaders do on their behalf.
MI County Matters was conceived as a response to an ongoing challenge for MAC and our members: How to quickly and clearly explain the importance of county government to Michigan residents’ daily lives. From the site, any county official, state lawmaker or interested citizen can zoom in on a particular county and see a visual representation of county investments by service area.