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),
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,