As a longtime member of the National Association for County Community and Economic Development (NACCED), I am truly honored to serve as your president for the 2018-2019 year. I want to thank our recent past presidents, Karen Wiley and Chuck Robbins, for their leadership and mentorship. I also want to thank our incredible executive team; Laura DeMaria, Executive Director; Heather Voorman, Policy Director; and Sarah Mullen, Senior Associate for their creativity, persistence, and dedication, which has brought NACCED to where it is today.
Our association is on the move! We are growing rapidly and have a membership of extremely dedicated, smart, creative people doing great things in their communities. One of our core strengths is that we are truly a networking organization that shares our work and creates long lasting relationships.
As president, I want to continue expanding the great work that has already been started. Our popular podcast covering hot topics of today is exciting and informative for our membership. Our webinars share some of the latest trends in our field, and our blogs keep everyone abreast of what is going on. We are a very connected association on social media platforms.
One of our highlights of this year was the 43rd Annual Conference and Training held in Minneapolis, Minnesota hosted by Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Washington, and Ramsey Counties. The incredible line up of quality speakers at this conference was simply amazing. Congratulations to our host counties for a fantastic conference. We are looking to our 44th Annual Conference hosted by Pima County in Tucson, Arizona from October 13 to October 16, 2019.
NACCED will continue to be a strong voice in Washington, DC providing information, training and representation of budgetary, programmatic and regulatory issues pertaining to community, economic development and affordable housing. We will continue to educate members of Congress on the critical importance federal housing and community development program’s play in revitalizing our local communities and providing affordable housing.
I am honored to have this opportunity and looking forward to working with all of you.
Orange County, FL
NACCED Board President