NENEDD Staff Participates in National Association of Development Organization’s (NADO) 2015 Washington Policy Conference: NADO on the Hill
NENEDD’s Executive and Deputy Directors, Thomas L. Higginbotham, Jr. and Tina M. Engelbart, participated in the 2015 Washington Policy Conference: NADO on the Hill
along with over 250 other regional development practitioners, policy makers, and stakeholders in Washington D.C. 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. 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.
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. Higginbotham and Engelbart met with senior legislative staff from Congressmen Fortenberry, Smith and Ashford’s offices as well as senior staff from Senator Deb Fischer’s office. They also had the chance to meet newly elected Senator Ben Sasse along with his legislative director to discuss the importance of continued funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Economic Development Administration (EDA) programs that are utilized by the communities NENEDD serves.