The Linn County Board of Supervisors today issued a proclamation declaring April National County Government Month and will celebrate the month with activities and initiatives to highlight county government services and programs and how they benefit the public.
Linn County Supervisor Linda Langston is president of the National Association of Counties this year, and her presidential theme is “Ready and Resilient Counties: Prepare. Respond. Thrive.”
“My ‘Resilient Counties’ initiative aims to strengthen counties and their ability to thrive amid changing physical, social and economic conditions,” Langston said. “In order to remain healthy, vibrant, safe and economically competitive, America’s counties must be able to anticipate and adapt to all types of change.”
National County Government Month is sponsored by the National Association of Counties to help raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of the nation’s counties.
“Linn County is proud of the programs and services provided to the public,” said Lu Barron, chairperson of the Linn County Board of Supervisors. “We encourage all county residents to take advantage of National County Government Month outreach events to learn how the county works to provide essential services and how those services benefit you and your loved ones.”
Linn County’s National County Government Month events include:
Thursday, April 10 – State of the County luncheon
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, 7725 Kirkwood Boulevard SW, Cedar Rapids. Linn County Supervisor Lu Barron will deliver the address to highlight Linn County’s accomplishments over the past year and discuss future county initiatives. This event is open to the public and hosted by the Linn County League of Women Voters. Tickets may be ordered by contacting the League of Women Voters at (319) 366-0674. Free seating is provided for individuals who want to attend only for the program.
Saturday, April 12 – 3rd Annual Nature Egg Hunt
Wickiup Hill is hosting an outdoor egg hunt adventure from 10 a.m. – noon. Participating youngsters will search for 10 different colored eggs and then turn them in for a take home prize. Be ready to look high and low for eggs hidden in the tallgrass prairie, the woodland and along the savannah hiking trail. Find the grand prize egg and receive a free summer camp admission to a camp of your choice (up to an $80 value). Dress for the weather. Recommended for ages 2-10. Call 319-892-6485 by April 10 to register. Space is limited. Cost $3/child.
Tuesday, April 29 – Linn County Courthouse Ribbon-Cutting
The public is invited to help Linn County celebrate the completion of Linn County’s flood recovery with a ribbon-cutting for the Linn County Courthouse at 3 p.m. followed by an open house until 4:30 p.m. The Courthouse has been undergoing renovation and improvements since 2008. This is Linn County's final building to fully re-open following the 2008 flood.
Since 1991 the National Association of Counties (NACo) has encouraged counties across the country to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of counties.
Visit www.linncounty.org/NCGM for more information.
The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. Founded in 1935, NACo assists America’s 3,069 counties in pursuing excellence in public service to produce healthy, vibrant, safe and resilient counties. NACo promotes sound public policies, fosters county solutions and innovation, promotes intergovernmental and public-private collaboration and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money. More information at: www.naco.org.