County leaders in Pennsylvania will meet in Berks County, August 4 through August 7, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Reading, Courtyard by Marriott Reading Wyomissing and the Santander Arena, to discuss issues affecting counties and their residents during the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania’s (CCAP) 133rd Annual Conference. Media representatives are invited to attend the guest speaker portions of the program noted below.
On Monday, August 5, 8:30 a.m. (in the DoubleTree’s Maple II Room) CCAP President and Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone will kick off the Opening General Session which will feature Greg Cox, San Diego County, CA supervisor and National Association of Counties past president discussing challenges, opportunities and successes in the federal/county partnership; Simona Flores, field office director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security speaking about ICE/immigration issues; and Kelly McDonald, motivational keynote speaker.
On Wednesday, August 7, 10:15 a.m. (in the DoubleTree’s Maple II Room) CCAP will conclude its 2019 Annual Conference with the Closing General Session which will include Susan Carty, president of League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania discussing the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Also, Raphael Barishansky, deputy secretary of health preparedness and community protection for the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and incident commander for Governor Wolf’s opioid-based disaster declaration, will update delegates on across-agency initiatives to deal with the crisis; and Norman Bristol Colón, executive director of the Governor’s Census 2020 Complete Count Commission will discuss the importance of the upcoming census and its effect on Pennsylvania.
The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) is the voice of county government; a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. CCAP members include county commissioners, council members, county executives, administrators, chief clerks and solicitors.
County governments are responsible for a wide variety of critical services, including provision of human services (mental health, intellectual disabilities, juvenile justice, children and youth, long-term care, drug and alcohol services, housing) to people in need in our communities. In addition, counties are responsible for emergency management and 911 services, administration of the courts and corrections system, elections, maintenance of county bridges, and the county property assessment rolls, and also are involved in environmental and land use planning, protection of open space and community and economic development.
CCAP strengthens the counties’ abilities to govern their own affairs and improve the well-being and quality of life for every Pennsylvania resident. It advocates for favorable state and federal legislation, programs and policies on behalf of counties. CCAP is committed to service excellence through education, information, insurance, technology and other programs that support effective county government. Founded in 1886, CCAP is an affiliate of the National Association of Counties. For more information about Pennsylvania counties and CCAP, log on to www.pacounties.org and follow @PACountiesGR on Twitter.