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.


Joe McKinney has served as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations since 2012. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Land of Sky Regional Council in Asheville, North Carolina from 2003 to 2012. Under his leadership, Land of Sky became recognized nationally for its innovation in program areas including planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, aging services, volunteer services, and geographic information systems. Joe has also held various other roles in city, county, association, and government management. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

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