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Who should attend the NACCED Annual Conference?

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Who should attend the NACCED Annual Conference?

We are now less than two months away from NACCED’s biggest event of the year, the NACCED Annual Educational Conference and Training. Hosted by five NACCED member counties in Minnesota - Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, Anoka and Washington – this year’s meeting is themed “Charting Our Future.” 

We’ll gather in Minneapolis, MN September 23-26 to learn about topics as diverse as disaster preparedness, early childhood education, missing middle housing and more, while enjoying networking and social events.

Attendees to the conference are county and city government coordinators, managers, analysts and directors with special knowledge of the federal grants that empower communities’ housing, community and economic development programs. With a range of education for those early in their career and those more experienced, it is a good idea to bring several members of your staff in order to maximize your educational experience. 

This year’s program has several highlights including general sessions, a keynote address and breakout sessions.

This year’s general sessions, designed for all attendees, include:

 - A briefing on policy and program updates from Washington, DC HUD Headquarters Staff (CPD, HOME)

 - Diane Yentel, CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition and Bob Simpson, VP of Multifamily Affordable and Green Finance for Fannie Mae, discussing housing as a critical component of a community’s infrastructure

 - A presentation on Higher Ground St. Paul, which offers more than 500 people experiencing homelessness permanent homes, dignified shelter, and pathways to opportunities

 - A closing general session by the Minneapolis Federal Reserve that will provide an overview of the Fed’s involvement in community development and economic research that makes the case for investing in young children

The breakout sessions address topics along three tracks: Housing, Policy & Planning and Community & Economic Development. Session titles include:

- Alternative Housing, ADUs and the Missing Middlle

- Open to Business: Growing Small Businesses in Your Community

- Community Land Trusts

- Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing

- Innovations of Economic Development Investment (CDFIs and Opportunity Zones)

- and more!

We’re especially excited about our keynote speaker, Ben Austen, the author of bestseller High Risers: Cabrini Green and the Fate of Public Housing

What do attendees have to say about the NACCED conference?

“Anyone who administers HUD funds should attend the conference.  It may be the only place where you come in contact with professionals from all over the country who face the same issues as you do on a daily basis.  The knowledge gained from both the sessions and networking are invaluable.” Jim Johnston, Allegheny County, PA

“I love attending the NACCED conference each year because I get the chance to talk to people in my field, who are solving many of the same challenges that I have in my community. I always come away with new ideas, clever strategies, and a renewed sense of inspiration and motivation for my work!” Samantha Whitley, Clark County, WA

“The NACCED Conferences have been an invaluable resource for me and my team.  In addition to the networking opportunities with colleagues throughout the nation, we hear from our HUD leaders from Washington, DC and the speaker lineup never disappoints.  The sessions include professionals that speak to the most critical needs and innovative tools that help us better serve the residents of our county.” Karen Wiley, Salt Lake County, UT 

“This will be my fourth year attending the NACCED Annual Conference and in addition to the committee meetings, variety of training opportunities, and guest speakers, the conference has provided an opportunity to establish and maintain relationships with professionals from across the country.  I also look forward to this event each year to reminisce on past stories such as the convertible bus tour, hungry giraffes, and anything that has to do with the famous Chuck Robbins from Clackamas County!” Chris Ragona, DuPage County, IL

Register today! And don’t forget to book your hotel and check out the overall draft agenda. We look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis!

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