As a longtime member of the National Association for County Community and Economic Development (NACCED), I am proud and excited to serve as President in 2016-2017. This year we look forward to continuing working together to further the interests of the affordable housing and community and economic development field; building coalitions with likeminded partners, affecting positive change and making a difference in the lives of those we serve.
2016 was another strong year for NACCED. A highlight was NACCED’s 41st Annual Conference and Training, hosted by Allegheny County, PA. Participants received in-depth briefings and updates from key Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program staff. The conference included sessions on local fair housing assessment activities, strategies to address family, youth, and veterans’ homelessness, the use of technology for managing agency initiatives, national economic and policy updates, and affordable housing development. Conference participants were also treated to a bus tour of the Carrie Furnaces, also known as “the spark for community development” in Allegheny County.
In 2016 we also welcomed Laura DeMaria as NACCED’s new Executive Director. Laura has been with NACCED since 2013 and is focused on growing the membership, adding value for members and raising NACCED’s profile on the national level.
In 2017, NACCED will continue its important work in Washington, DC educating members of Congress on the critical roles the array of federal housing, and community and economic development programs play in local government-led job creation and community revitalization efforts—and in serving as a strong advocate for local governments at HUD and other federal agencies. NACCED is pleased to be hosted by Clackamas County, OR; Washington County, OR; Multnomah County, OR; and Clark County, WA for this year’s, our 42nd, Annual Educational Conference and Training in beautiful Portland, Oregon.
NACCED membership offers local governmental practitioners a unique and unparalleled opportunity to mingle, network and learn from peers in the housing and community development field. The professional connections and opportunities NACCED offer last a lifetime.
It is an honor and privilege to serve as NACCED President and I look forward to working with member counties, cities and organizations in 2017 as the association pursues its mission of providing information, training and representation to support the affordable housing, community development and job creation initiatives of local governments across the nation.