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

Restore Funding for HUD's Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program


Urge your House and Senate members to restore funding for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) to $1.5 billion as Congress considers funding for FY 2020. The HOME program, funded through the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) appropriations bill, has been cut by over 50 percent since FY 2010.


The HOME program, authorized in 1990, assists state and local governments in providing affordable housing for low-income families, helping to improve the quality of life in local communities. 60 percent of HOME funds are allocated to 650 participating jurisdictions in counties and cities and 40 percent to states. HOME funds can be used towards the acquisition, reconstruction and rehabilitation of housing. Counties can also use HOME funds for tenant-based rental assistance, and have flexibility to design policies and programs that address local affordable housing needs.

Currently, HOME is funded at $1.36 billion for FY 2018 through the omnibus bill, an increase of $412 million over FY 2017 funding levels.

President Trump’s FY 2019 budget proposal would eliminate funding for HOME, in keeping with the administration’s belief that community development and affordable housing needs are best left to state and local governments and the private sector.

PDF icon HOME 2019 Leg Conference - final.pdf

U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA): Support Essential Seed Capital/Gap Financing for Local Job Creation


Urge your members of Congress to support $304 million in funding for the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) as Congress considers funding for FY 2020. EDA funding is important to counties because it helps local communities achieve long-term economic growth based on local and regional priorities.


The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is the only federal agency with a mission solely focused on private sector job creation in distressed areas. EDA has achieved an impressive track record of making strategic investments and building partnerships that help regions and communities respond to shifts in international markets, address severe unemployment challenges and recover from plant closures, major natural disasters and other chronic and sudden and severe economic hardships. At a time when the nation must make the public sector investments necessary to compete in the global economy, the flexibility, partnership structure and accountability of EDA’s programs should be at the forefront of the federal toolbox.

PDF icon EDA 2019 Legislative Conference - final.pdf

Support Local Development and Infrastructure Projects: The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program


Urge your members of Congress to restore funding for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to $3.8 billion as Congress considers funding for FY 2020. CDBG, funded through the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) appropriations bill, has been drastically reduced since FY 2010, having been cut by nearly 25 percent, or $1 billion.


The CDBG program was enacted in 1974 to provide block grant funding for community development programs. The program assists urban, suburban and rural communities to improve housing and living conditions and expand economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons. CDBG helps to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses and is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities. Counties use the flexibility of CDBG funds to partner with the private and non-profit sectors to develop and upgrade local housing, water, infrastructure and human services programs. Counties rely on the flexibility of CDBG funds to meet their particular community development needs.

PDF icon CDBG 2019 Leg Conference - final.pdf

Support Workforce and Local Business Development: the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)


Urge your members of Congress to support level funding for Title I programs under the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) as Congress considers funding for FY 2020. Funded through the Labor, Health and Human Services (Labor-HHS) appropriations bill, WIOA programs provide important financial and other resources to support a demand driven workforce development system that meets the needs of business and jobseekers alike.


Enacted in 2014, WIOA is bipartisan legislation that authorizes federal employment, workforce and training programs and formula funding to states and localities. WIOA provides the needed framework for a modernized, demand driven workforce development system to meet the needs of business and jobseekers alike.

Administered at the federal level under the DOL Employment and Training Administration (ETA), WIOA is the largest single source of federal funding for workforce development activities. WIOA is a vital funding source for workforce development that helps states and localities, including counties, tackle and overcome challenges facing jobseekers and employers.

The 2014 WIOA measure included several modernizations to help better match businesses with the skilled workers they need to grow. Several of these include:

  • Maintaining local governance authority, while providing enhanced flexibility to meet the needs of business and jobseekers;

PDF icon WIOA Policy Brief.pdf

CDBG Expenditure Report

PDF icon CDBG Charts_5.10.18 (1).pdf

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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