As a longtime member of the National Association for County Community and Economic Development (NACCED), I am honored to serve as the President for the 2017-18 year. As we move into this new year, we look forward to continuing our work together on the critical issues of affordable housing and community and economic development, engaging new partners, building new coalitions and providing positive outcomes in the lives of the individuals and families we serve.
In 2016-2017, we implemented several new changes that have provided opportunities for our organization to have an impact and influence on the issues that we all care deeply about. We built new relationships among peer organizations, legislative staff, new political appointees at HUD and White House Domestic Policy Council staff. We were able to initiate the first of its kind “Housing Policy Working Group” to have direct conversations with decision makers at the federal level about current challenges in housing policy and priorities for the administration providing the opportunity to provide suggestions on how our programs can complement the priorities and provide solutions.
We launched our new Podcasts and Blog, are providing training webinars, policy webinars, Technical Assistance through our Resource Library, and have a newly created Education Committee to better focus our efforts for the membership needs.
One great highlight of this past year was the 42nd Annual Conference and Training held in Portland, OR and hosted by Clackamas County, OR; Clark County, WA; Multnomah County, OR and Washington County, OR. Participants received critical briefings and updates from key staff from the Department of Housing and Urban Development Headquarters Office and attended educational and networking sessions. We are looking forward to our 43rd Annual Conference, hosted by Hennepin, Anoka, Ramsey, Washington, and Dakota Counties in Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 23-26, 2018.
NACCED will continue educating members of Congress on the critical nature of our federal housing and community development programs and how these programs work hand in hand with the local jurisdictions, creating public-private partnerships to revitalize our communities, provide housing choice for all our residents and strengthen our economies through job creation. NACCED will continue being our voice in Washington DC and providing information, training and representation on budgetary, programmatic and regulatory issues pertaining to Community Development, Economic Development and Affordable Housing.
I am truly honored to have this opportunity and I’m looking forward to working with all of YOU, our member Counties, Cities, Associate Members, Nonprofits and partners this coming year.