Community, Economic & Workforce Development Steering Committee

Responsible for all matters pertaining to housing, community and economic development, public works, and workforce development including the creation of affordable housing and housing options for different populations, residential, commercial, and industrial development, and building and housing codes.

Policy Briefs

Latest Resources

  • Reports & Toolkits | Jan. 13, 2020

    NACo works to preserve local decision making, protect counties from unfunded mandates and preemption and strengthen the federal-state-local partnership.

  • Reports & Toolkits | Dec. 22, 2019

    Nearly three months after the start of fiscal year (FY) 2020, congressional leaders were able to reach an agreement on a two-part spending deal that will fund the federal government through September 30, 2020. President Trump signed the two packages (H.R. 1865; H.R.

  • Reports & Toolkits | Aug. 2, 2019

    The August recess in the federal legislative calendar provides a unique opportunity for county leaders to communicate with members of Congress, demonstrate the impact of your efforts in your communities and advocate for the federal programs that help to strengthen local programs and initiatives.

Join a steering committee and make a difference. Learn more about getting involved in NACo's Community, Economic & Workforce Development Steering Committee:

Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee


Jim McDonough
Ramsey County, Minnesota


Vice Chair

Tony Guillory
Police Juror
Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana


Jimmy Odom
Associate Commissioner
Cass County, Missouri


Martha Schrader
Clackamas County, Oregon


Ilene Shapiro
County Executive
Summit County, Ohio


Denise Winfrey
Board Speaker
Will County, Illinois


Subcommittee Chair

Pamela Lancaster (Work Force)
Hall County, Nebraska


Larry Nelson (Housing)
Waukesha County, Wisconsin


John O'Grady (Economic Development)
Franklin County, Ohio


Subcommittee Vice Chair

Monique Baker McCormick
Wayne County


Audrey Edmonson (Housing)
Miami-Dade County, Florida


Brenda Howerton (Housing)
Durham County, North Carolina


Unzell Kelley (Housing)
Coosa County, Alabama


Anita McCall (Work Force)
Lincoln County, North Carolina


Shawn Milne (Work Force)
Tooele County, Utah


Greg Puckett (Economic Development)
Mercer County, West Virginia


Kathryn Starkey (Work Force)
Pasco County, Florida


Ernestina Wenger (Economic Development)
Councilwoman at-Large
Elkhart County, Indiana



  • Associate Legislative Director – Community, Economic & Workforce Development & Liaison to the Large Urban County Caucus  
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