Highlights from NADO’s 2015 Washington Policy Conference: NADO on the Hill

Posted on: March 27th, 2015 by NADO Admin

WPC-2015Over 250 regional development practitioners, policy makers, and other stakeholders participated in the 2015 Washington Policy Conference: NADO on the Hill from March 22 – 25.  Over the course of the four-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:

  • The Honorable Penny Pritzer, Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • The Honorable Victor Mendez, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • The Honorable Jay Williams, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, U.S. Economic Development Administration
  • The Honorable Lisa Mensah, Under Secretary for Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary Byron Zuidema, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Director Harriet Tregoning, Office of Economic Resilience, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Nathan Gonzales, Editor and Publisher, Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report
  • Shai Akabas, Associate Director of Economic Policy, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • NADO Board members met with Enrique V. Iglesias, Secretary General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and attended an OECD event at the White House.

In addition, attendees heard from senior Capitol Hill staffers and government affairs professionals on the legislative outlook for the rest of 2015 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 a live performance by the Capitol Steps; breakout sessions on rural economic development, the changing energy economy, implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, changes to federal lending programs; and an update on changes to the content guidelines for Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS).

Conference attendees traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with their members of Congress and relaxed at the all new NADO Base Camp this year.

At the NADO on the Hill reception at the Hall of States Building, Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-AL) accepted the 2015 NADO Legislator of Year Award for his 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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