NADO member Cheryal Lee Hills testifies before Congress

In May 2022, Cheryal Lee Hills, Executive Director of Region Five Development Commission (R5DC) in Minnesota, testified before the House Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth. Cheryal was joined by other experts, including former Assistant Secretary of the US Economic Development Administration (EDA) Jay Williams, to discuss wealth disparities and how place-based initiatives can revitalize local economies. Cheryal’s testimony was livestreamed. After the hearing, the Committee published a Majority Policy Memo.

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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.

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