Highlights from NADO’s 2014 Washington Policy Conference: NADO on the Hill

Posted on: March 28th, 2014 by NADO Admin

Over 300 regional development practitioners, policy makers, and other stakeholders participated in the 2014 Washington Policy Conference: NADO on the Hill from March 23 – 26.  Over the course of the 2014 updated WPCfour-day event, attendees learned about the latest policy developments and the current political climate on Capitol Hill.  Participants also met with members of Congress and their staff to highlight the work regional development organizations are doing to improve the economy and quality of life in their regions and the federal programs that assist them.

This year’s conference included many esteemed guests and speakers:

  • Doug O’Brien, Deputy Under Secretary, Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Matthew Dalbey, Director, State and Federal Division, Office of Sustainable Communities, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Matt Erskine, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, U.S. Economic Development Administration
  • The Honorable Earl Gohl, Federal Co-Chair, Appalachian Regional Commission
  • The Honorable Chris Masingill, Federal Co-Chairman, Delta Regional Authority
  • Greg Nadeau, Deputy Administrator, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Mark Leibovich, New York Times Magazine Chief National Correspondent and author of This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral—Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!—in America’s Gilded Capital
  • Brad Fitch, President and CEO, Congressional Management Foundation

In addition, attendees heard from senior staff of the House Appropriations Committee, Senate Budget Committee, House and Senate Agriculture Committees, and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on the legislative outlook for the rest of 2014 and the prevailing political climate in Washington.  The conference also provided opportunities for attendees to meet one-on-one with federal partners during the Federal Agency Networking Reception.

Other highlights of the conference included an opening reception at the U.S. Botanic Garden; breakout sessions on rural development in the farm bill, workforce, transportation, and disaster preparedness and resiliency; and an update on changes to the content guidelines for Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS).

For the second year, conference attendees traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with their members of Congress and many presented them with the NADO Congressional Partnership Award.  This award recognizes members of Congress who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting federal community, economic, and infrastructure development programs.

At the NADO on the Hill reception at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Congressman Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) accepted the 2014 NADO Legislator of Year Awards for their outstanding work on behalf of rural and small communities.

Thanks to all who attended this year’s Washington Policy Conference: NADO on the Hill! Speaker PowerPoint presentations and conference materials are available here.  Photos from the conference can be viewed on NADO’s Twitter (https://twitter NULL.com/NADOWeb) and Facebook (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/NADO NULL.org) pages.

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