National Association of Counties
Washington, D.C.

 NACCED elects officers, directors at 37th Annual Conference

Jack Exler, deputy director, Allegheny County, Pa. Department of Economic Development, is the new president of the National Association for County Community and Economic Development, or NACCED, a NACo affiliate. He was elected during the affiliate’s 37th Annual County Community and Economic Development and Training, Sept. 30–Oct. 3 in Orange County (Orlando), Fla.

Also elected at the Annual Awards Luncheon was Tony Agliata, assistant planning director for Ocean County, N.J. as vice president and W. Keith McNeely Sr., director of human and economic development for Athens-Clark County, Ga. as secretary-treasurer. Frank Newton, community development administrator for Cobb County, Ga. was re-elected to a one-year term as NACCED’s representative to the NACo Board of Directors.

In workshops and general sessions, NACCED members explored topics such as housing and economic trends, housing policy beyond 2012, overcoming obstacles to redevelopment, fair housing, foreclosure prevention, and restoring urban and suburban neighborhoods after the housing crisis.

Among the many speakers was former Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) who served as HUD secretary in the first administration of President George W. Bush.  He currently serves as co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Commission. Martinez was introduced by his son, John, a member of the Orange County, Fla. Board of Commissioners.

In other action: Brian Paulson, community development coordinator, Clark County, Nev., who served as NACCED president for the past year, became immediate past president and a member of the executive committee.

Darryl Holmes, planner for sustainable initiatives for Cook County, Ill.’s Bureau of Economic Development, was elected to a two-year term on NACCED’s board.  Reelected to two-year terms on the board were Norma Drummond, deputy commissioner, Westchester County, N.Y. Planning Department; Christy Moffett, CDBG project planning manager, Travis County, Texas; and Karen Wiley, community development coordinator for Salt Lake County, Utah.