SACOG Peer Exchange

SACOG PDFIn March 2011, the NADO Research Foundation convened a peer exchange hosted by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG).  Through presentations, group discussions and site visits, participants learned about the region’s Blueprint Strategy for long-term sustainable growth and  the Rural-Urban Connections Strategy, which SACOG launched to explore the interdependency of the rural and urban parts of the region and investigate the challenges and opportunities facing the area’s robust agriculture sector.

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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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