A lot of Guilford County commissioners took a trip out to Denver for the National Association of Counties (NACo) summer convention in July.

This week, commissioners from around North Carolina are getting together to discuss and decide on issues that affect county governments across the state.

The NC Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) is holding its 115th Annual Conference in Concord, North Carolina, which is in Cabarrus County.

The Annual Conference, which will be held right next door to Charlotte, is meant to be an educational and legislative get-together that provides county commissioners and other county officials an opportunity to get together and network, learn about successful programs and best practices, and get a good feel for how county governments in other parts of the state operate.

This year’s state conference will focus on the influx of federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) money into the state’s counties, as well as the money coming in from a national opioid lawsuit settlement.

Guilford County has spent a lot of time this year planning the use of the ARP money and intends to use much of the opioid settlement money to address drug addiction in the county.

One key speaker at the convention will be Beth Macy, the author of “Dopesick.”

The theme for this year’s conference will be “On Track to Transform” and it will include seminars, social events, committee meetings, group meetings and more.

The convention will run from Thursday, Aug. 11 to Saturday, Aug. 13.

Things get started early each morning, with the first events kicking off at 8 a.m. and the planned activities running well into the evening.

Taxpayers across the state will be putting their elected officials up at the  Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Concord.