In addition to her NACO leadership position, Linda Langston is also County Supervisor for Linn County, Iowa, and has been a leader in various hazard mitigation issues. The county is the home of Cedar Rapids, widely cited for its innovative resilience and recovery strategies after an unprecedented 2008 flood of the city center, including major Linn County facilities. Upon election to NACO’s presidency, Ms. Langston initiated a bold and ambitious program of resiliency, mitigation, strength and sustainability – all oriented to betterment in our nation’s 3,079 counties. She will enlighten us about the many initiatives and programs focused on sustainability, infrastructure, and building resilient, vibrant, thriving counties. She will also explain the importance of the practitioner to the elected official. Ms. Langston will share with us answers to questions such as why did she become involved in hazard mitigation and climate adaptation? What advice would she give to local practitioners as ways to cultivate and sustain their interest in hazard mitigation and climate change?