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Jul 09

Five Reasons to Attend the WACO Annual Conference

Posted on July 9, 2020 at 3:52 PM by Melanie Terry

Washington Association of County Official is pleased to offer the 62nd Annual Conference via Zoom. While we will miss the opportunity to be with you in-person, this year's conference will offer great educational and networking opportunities - just in a more accessible and affordable format!? 


As an organization that values professional relationships, and has enjoyed in-person networking opportunities, we understand your concerns regarding converting a historically in-person conference to a virtual event. However, allow us to reassure you that attending the 62nd Annual Conference is more than worthwhile!  


Here are five reasons why you should register for the WACO Annual Conference: 



  1. It is an Affordable Option  

Washington Association of County Officials understands that counties are facing budgetary cuts. We are looking forward to providing our members and attendees the same quality annual conference at a discounted registration price, a 41% decrease to be exact!  



  1. Excellent Educational Training  

Our Education Committee worked hard to develop education and training opportunities that better equip our members for their official duties. Educational topics include: Elected County Officials Ethics, Lessons Thus Far: COVID-19 Response, and Interacting with your Commissioners & Advocating for Your Office and Staff.  


  1. Networking Opportunities  

Our draft agenda still allows plenty of networking and social opportunities. Join us for special events like the President’s Reception, the Scholarship Auction and The Awards Ceremony. WACO staff will work hard to make sure these events are innovative and exciting.  


  1. Safe & Guaranteed  

WACO’s hopes were to have a safe in-person conference at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, however, due to the growing concerns regarding COVID-19 WACO is confident that converting the conference to a virtual option is not only the safer option, but also the guaranteed option.  


  1. Vendor & Sponsor Representation  

We are so thankful to our partners to provide members two vendor fair opportunities, as well as the ability to network with our sponsors and vendors prior to the conference using our online “Exhibit Hall”. Thank you to our President’s Reception Sponsor, Clear Choice & Our Opening Ceremony Sponsor, Tyler Tech.  



Of course, there are countless reasons to register and attend the WACO Annual Conference. The WACO staff looks forward to making this an easy process as possible for our members. If you have any concerns or questions about the type of technology you will need to participate in the virtual conference, please do not hesitate to let our staff know!  


Contact our Member Service Manager, Melanie Terry at