Barr Receives Presidential Appointment to NACo International Economic Development Task Force

Barr Receives Presidential Appointment to NACo International Economic Development Task Force

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WASHINGTON – Lake County, Ill. Board Member Dick Barr was appointed to the National Association of Counties (NACo) International EconomicDevelopment Task Force on May 29 by NACo President and San Diego County, Calif.Supervisor Greg Cox.  The InternationalEconomic Development Task Force facilitates the exchange of information, ideasand resources, and guides NACo programming, concerning county-level engagementin international economic development activities.

“The International Economic Development Task Force is a key part of NACo’s work,” said NACo President Greg Cox. “Board Member Barr’s committee participation at the national level is a great responsibility and I look forward to his contribution to NACo’s leadership team.”

“International exports account for $6.3 Billion to Lake County’s economy while supporting over 37,000 Lake County jobs”, said Barr. “This opportunity will go hand in hand with my position on the Lake County Partners Board of Governors, to help attract more global investment into Lake County.

According to its website, Lake County Partners is a public/private partnership that serves as the economic development engine of Lake County and is a 501(c)3 economic development corporation, that works to maintain economic vitality and quality of life in Lake County, Illinois by attracting, retaining and expanding businesses, creating and retaining quality jobs, stimulating capital investment, pursuing economic diversity and improving the County’s business climate.

NACo’s International Economic Development Task Force is comprised of approximately 70 county leaders from across the country, representing counties of all sizes in every region. Through the Task Force, county officials form valuable international connections, discuss relevant trade issues and learn to engage with the global economy more effectively. International Economic Development Task Force members are privileged to work alongside the U.S. Department of State, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration and many other federal agencies.


The National Association of Counties (NACo) strengthens America’s counties, including nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees. Founded in 1935, NACo unites county officials to advocate for county government priorities in federal policymaking; promote exemplary county policies and practices; nurture leadership skills and expand knowledge networks; optimize county and taxpayer resources and cost savings; and enrich the public’s understanding of county government.