Illinois Association of County Leaders (IACO) Spring Conference Provides Resources for Government Leaders to Modernize Infrastructures

Some municipal leaders in the Illinois Association of County Officials (IACO) grapple with finding the right energy systems firm to fix their aging boilers and seal their drafty doors. Other leaders worry about how best to create safe and friendly environments for their community to thrive.  

An upcoming conference for companies catering to counties could be the answer to their infrastructure woes.

IACO is hosting its spring conference to match county leaders with vendors to help better serve their communities. The conference, being held in Springfield, will run April 24-26.

Tamiko Kinkade, IACO Conference Registrar, said the trade show matches vendors offering products and services geared toward county government with the leaders who need them. The IACO conference will also provide critical training during educational sessions to equip elected and appointed county officials with skills needed to best serve their communities.

“We have over 50 exhibitors — from software companies and energy optimization experts to payment service companies and lawyers — who are planning to attend,” Kinkade said. “This conference is a great opportunity for county leaders to network with one another and key vendors who can provide them top-notch service.”

The Illinois Association of County Officials, a statewide organization of affiliate county official groups, is dedicated to maintaining and improving the quality of county government through education. They hold two conferences a year.

Orry Cummings, an account executive for a nationwide energy systems optimization firm and advocate of the IACO, plans to attend and hopes to educate counties on opportunities to update aging infrastructure and reduce energy costs.

“This conference is a great opportunity for county officials to learn about trends, like performance contracting. This is a financing mechanism that allows them to upgrade their energy systems without paying anything out of pocket or increasing taxes,” said Cummings, who works for SmartWatt. “I am looking forward to meeting leaders and helping them make a positive impact on their community.”

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