Earlier this month, NACCED staff and members convened in Clark County, NV for NACCED’s summer meeting and the NACo Annual Conference. Across three action-packed days, NACCED held its Board and Committee meetings, toured a housing center for low-income seniors, participated in NACo’s Community, Economic and Workforce Development (CEWD) policy steering committee, heard from nationally-recognized speakers and had the opportunity to network and socialize.
NACCED’s six standing committees met on the first day. The six committees are Resolutions, Housing, Community Development, Economic Development, Membership and Education. Highlights from the meetings include the discussion of several resolutions developed by NACCED for adoption by NACo, on topics including the New Market Tax Credits and Opportunity Zones; a presentation by Chair Karen Skepper (Anoka County, MN) during the Economic Development Committee on the economic impact of a major PGA tour hosted by Anoka County and partners, and lessons that other local governments could take away; and the Membership Committee continued discussion strategizing on how to engage with student members and universities in order to build NACCED’s leadership pipeline.
On the second day, attendees had the opportunity to tour an in-development senior center at Las Vegas’s City Impact Center. The senior center is designed to house low-income seniors, allowing them to age in place with an aid or adult child in residence, with the added benefit of in-house facilities like a medical center, gym, recreation room and classes. The Board of Directors meeting followed, where NACCED’s leadership reviewed the association’s most recent financial statement, approved the 2018 audit, heard an update from Executive Director Laura DeMaria on the success of NACCED’s podcast and other initiatives and discussed this year’s annual conference program, among other items.
Attendees also had the opportunity to attend NACo’s Community, Economic and Workforce Development (CEWD) policy steering committee, where Executive Director of the White House Council on Opportunity Zones Scott Turner spoke. NACCED President Mitchell Glasser also addressed the meeting, sharing information on how NACCED serves counties and advocates for policy at the national level. On the final day, NACCED members attended NACo’s Large Urban County Caucus meeting, where speakers from the public, private and political spheres discussed a range of issues facing urban governments across the country.
Check out more photos from the meeting in Las Vegas on Facebook. NACCED will be heading to Orange County (Orlando), FL in July 2020 for NACo’s Annual meeting.