In April, the NADO Executive Committee traveled to Washington, DC to participate in NADO’s annual three-day advocacy fly-in. The Executive Committee met with leadership and staff from numerous federal agencies, House and Senate staff on Capitol Hill, leadership from other national associations, and officials at the White House. This report contains a summary of some of the key issues that were addressed during these meetings.
While in DC, the Executive Committee attended meetings with leadership and staff from the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA), the USDepartment of Agriculture (USDA), the US Department of Housing and UrbanDevelopment (HUD), and the US Department of Transportation (USDOT), among others.
Joe McKinney serves as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). Headquartered in Washington DC, NADO provides advocacy, education, research, and training for the nation’s 500+ regional planning and development organizations.
Joe has thirty-one years of experience having served in city, county, regional, national association, and government management since 1991. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a candidate for a master’s degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.
McKinney has provided congressional testimony on numerous occasions regarding the importance of regional development organizations in helping shape the nation’s economic growth. He is nationally recognized for promoting innovative solutions in areas such as planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, and aging services.