What is the NACCED summer meeting?
With the hotter months fast approaching, the NACCED staff and Board are looking forward to our upcoming summer meeting, held in conjunction with the NACo Annual Conference. This year, on July 12-14, we’ll be headed to Nashville (Davidson County), TN for a weekend of networking and education in the Music City.
Some of our members, especially the newer ones, may be wondering what this meeting is all about. Is it a conference? What’s the focus? Should I attend? Read on to find out!
Who should attend?
The summer meeting is open to all NACCED members – counties, cities, nonprofits and private sector partners. Because the focus is on the work of our Committees and Board, many NACCED members mistakenly believe they cannot attend if they do not serve on a committee or Board. Wrong! In fact, we encourage all members to attend, even those not officially affiliated with a committee, in order to make your voice heard on association business and to learn more about the issues driving our organization, especially at the national level. Plus, you’ll get to network with other smart community development leaders from across the country. By the way, did you know that committee membership is open to all members? Our committees are Housing, Community Development, Economic Development, Education and Membership. And you can join as many as you’d like!
What does it cost?
Nothing! Nada! Zip! Zilch! There is no registration fee to attend this meeting.
What will I do there?
You can check out the draft agenda found on the registration page here. We’ll kick off Wednesday evening 7/11 with a networking event (fancy speak for beers and hanging out at a local pub) followed the next day, on Thursday, 7/12, by all the committee meetings and the Board meeting at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. During the committee meetings, we review work plans and goals, as well as hear from speakers on relevant topics. The Board meeting is open to all attendees.
On Friday, 7/13, we have the distinct honor of participating in NACo’s Workforce, Economic and Community Development Steering Committee (WECD) meeting. NACCED has a seat on the WECD, which is responsible for “all matters pertaining to housing, community and economic development, public works, and workforce development including the creation of affordable housing and housing options for different populations, residential, commercial, and industrial development, and building and housing codes.” There, we put forth resolutions which are ultimately voted on and adopted by the NACo Board. There are always interesting presentations during this meeting, from Congressmen to local social sector leaders. NACCED’s President typically also makes a presentation during the WECD meeting.
Most people will probably try out the downtown Nashville scene Friday night, though that’s not on the official schedule.
On Saturday, 7/14, the NACCED staff, Executive Committee and dedicated members stick around for the Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC) meeting. The LUCC “is the premier forum for urban county leaders and is the voice for America’s metropolitan counties before Congress and the Administration. Comprised of county executives, governing board members and other senior elected officials, LUCC members focus on urban challenges and solutions, engage in peer-to-peer information exchanges and inform national policy discussions.” Many of NACCED’s member counties are large urban entitlements and are represented by their commissioners on the LUCC. Similar to the WECD, this (much larger) meeting always has interesting presentations from an arrange of speakers both locally, nationally and internationally on issues as diverse as prisoner reentry to infrastructure.
How do I sign up?
It’s easy! Check out the schedule and register here.
Where should I stay?
NACCED does not have a room block for this meeting, though we compiled a list of hotels you can choose from. Staff and Executive Committee will be staying at the Hyatt Place Nashville/Opryland Hotel. You can call the hotel to make the reservation and you can get the government rate of $162.00. The phone number is 615-872-0422.
That’s it! This is another opportunity for our members to have fun, meet other community development and housing professionals, and get their learnin’ on. And this year, we’ll be doing it surrounded by music, whiskey, something called hot chicken, and all the other things one finds in Nashville. You are welcome to wear a cowboy hat to any of the meetings, naturally. And if you still have questions, you can contact NACCED Executive Director Laura DeMaria at (202) 367-2364 or email@example.com.
We hope you will join us!