NACCED met July 12-15 for its summer meeting in conjunction with the 2018 Annual National Association of Counties (NACo) Conference in Nashville/Davidson, County, TN. NACCED kicked off the event on July 12th with its board and committee meetings. Below is a summary of the meetings:
- Economic Development Committee: Members heard from Kipp Kranbuhl, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Financial Institutions at Treasury and Dan Kowalski, Counselor to the Secretary at Treasury and were able to ask questions about the new Opportunity Zones program.
- Community Development Committee: The committee discussed the potential CDBG program move to Bureau of Economic Growth and reviewed the committee reports developed from the IDIS survey conducted earlier this year.
- Membership Committee: The committee reviewed the latest membership report and outlined the rollout for the new student membership category.
- Resolutions Committee: NACCED reviewed its new resolution on housing infrastructure being submitted to the NACo Community, Economic & Workforce Development Steering Committee. The group also received a legislative update from NACCED Policy Director, Heather Voorman reviewing the status of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget and appropriations process and an update on relevant federal legislation.
The NACCED Board of Directors wrapped up the day with their meeting reviewing the committee actions, a financial report, an update from Patricia Ward, NACCED representative to the NACo Board, and a report from NACCED’s Executive Director, Laura DeMaria.
On July 13th, NACCED members attended the NACo Community, Economic & Workforce Development Steering Committee’s resolutions meeting to support several resolutions sponsored by NACCED. In addition to NACCED’s newly proposed resolution on housing infrastructure, NACCED sponsored two resolutions being added to the committee’s platform including a resolution in support of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and another in support of New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC). Other resolutions discussed during this meeting included protecting the health and safety of sober home residents, funding for HUD-VASH vouchers for homeless veterans in FY 2019 budget, FY 2019 appropriations for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, preservation and expansion of affordable housing stock, FY 2019 appropriations for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), registered apprenticeships program flexibility, and the reauthorization and appropriations for the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. Click here for the full text of the resolutions. The Committee also hosted a variety of informational presentations on community, economic and workforce development tools being used by counties across the country.
The Large Urban County Caucus met on July 14th. This caucus represents many NACCED county members and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and solutions that help urban counties address their most pressing issues. The committee hosted Senator Lamar Alexander, the Senior U.S. Senator from Tennessee. Senator Alexander discussed the pressing legislative issues facing Congress. The meeting also featured an update on the implementation of the Opportunity Zones program from Jeremy Keele, Senior Advisor at Maycomb Capital, Donnie Charleston, Director of State and Local Fiscal Policy Engagement for the Urban Institute, and former NACCED Holistic Housing Podcast guest Ja’Ron Smith, Special Assistant to the President for the White House Office of Legislative Affairs.
Finally, on July 15th, NACCED had the opportunity to participate in the NACo Affordable Housing Forum. This forum brought together counties and stakeholders to discuss cutting-edge solutions and available resources to address the worsening shortage of affordable housing in counties of all sizes. The event featured an address from Neal Rackleff, Assistant Secretary, Community Planning & Development (CPD), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Rackleff discussed the work being done in HUD’s CPD office and the progress of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) 2017 funds rollout.
In the afternoon, county attendees were able to examine best practices and participate in “speed networking” with numerous housing focused groups including NACCED.
The following organizations also participated in the "speed-networking" session:
The Barnes Housing Trust Fund
Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)
Enterprise Community Partners
Housing Assistance Council
National Association of Home Builders
National Low-Income Housing Coalition
Rural Housing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development
The speed-networking event was a great opportunity for NACCED to connect with counties looking for new ideas and resources for their housing and community development programs.
The NACCED committees will next meet in person on Sunday, Sept. 23rd for the 2018 NACCED Annual Conference and Training. These meetings are open to all attendees, so mark your calendars for this opportunity to get more involved in NACCED!