Following is a brief description of each of our main publications. Click on the publication’s name for more information or to download in PDF.

Two of our publications are advertising supported. Contact Jeff Eslinger at to receive a rate card.


Acronym Guide

NDACo, NDCCA, ILG, TSRP…ever wonder what all those initials stand for? Well, here's your online guide. 


Annual Report 

Produced each October, the Annual Report gives a brief summary of NDACo program highlights, along with financial information. Click the title or image to download it in PDF.
   Please note: The Annual Report is printed as a pull-out from the September/October issue of County News. Ideal size for printing is 11 X 17. 


Benefits of Membership in NDACo 

Get a quick overview of the many benefits of membership in the ND Association of Counties. A must-read for officials who are new to North Dakota county government, to learn about the resources available to you through YOUR Association.


Common Ground

Common Ground is intended to foster positive communication and understanding between county officials and legislators. Each issue covers a different issue of interest common to county officials and legislators. Click title above to see past issues. To subscribe, contact Jeff Eslinger at


County Budget Memo

 The County Budget Memo is our yearly analysis of projected State Aid and State Highway Fund distributions for use in county budgeting efforts. As always, these are estimates. Relative changes in valuation, population, motor vehicles, etc. may affect some of the actual distribution amounts.


County News

Our bi-monthly newspaper covers timely news on major county issues as well as regular columns on budget matters, technology, professional development, workforce safety, homeland security, retirement and more. County News is advertising supported (see link above) and a great place to get your message in front of the right people if you do business with counties.


County Officials Directory
Click here to order 2024 Edition online.

More than a phone book, the directory lists phone, fax, email and mailing addresses for over 700 North Dakota county officials, as well as state agencies, legislators and more, all for the modest cost of $30. Directory data in Microsoft Excel can also be purchased; prices vary, so please call 701-425-0808. The directory is advertising supported, and a great place to get your message in front of the right people if you do business with counties.


Human Resources Guide for Local Government

The Human Resources guide is a project funded by a grant from The Otto Bremer Foundation in collaboration with NDACo, the ND Insurance Reserve Fund, ND League of Cities, ND Recreation and Parks Association, and the ND School Boards Association. This link will take you to the NDIRF website to download the document.


Leader Letter

The Leader Letter is directed primarily to commissioners and auditors, and features very brief announcements that may have the potential to be on the county board's agenda. It is sent out on the last week of every month, in anticipation of the board meetings that generally occur in the first week of the following month. For back issues of the Leader Letter, please contact Jeff Eslinger at


Statewide Planning Survey Results

The results of the statewide planning and zoning issues and needs survey have been analyzed, consolidated, and are presented here at this link. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey. Your on-the-ground perspectives are invaluable and are already assisting us in assembling the slate of issues that we will be pursuing in the upcoming state legislative session. Addressing some of the larger and more complex issues identified in the survey will be an ongoing process. We hope that you will continue to be actively involved in legislative advocacy efforts as we move toward a more productive planning environment within the state.


Training Requirements Brochure

County Commissioners and most elected and appointed county officials are required by state statute to meet certain training standards. The required courses are available through either the Institute of Local Government, or through other sources arranged by the Member Associations.


National Association of Counties (NACo) Publications

The National Association of Counties website has a searchable list of publications at Some you may be especially interested include: