HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory has been appointed to the Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee of the National Association of Counties (NACo) for a one-year term. Membership nominations to the steering committee are made by the state associations and the NACo president.
NACos’ Steering Committee members play a crucial role in determining legislative and policy priorities that are vital to counties throughout the nation and establishing goals of the association.
“I am deeply honored to have been selected by the Association to serve on this important committee,” said Presiding Officer Gregory. “In today’s economic climate, it is vital that we examine all policies that impact our counties, to think smarter and be creative in finding ways to improve the lives of our residents. Working with this Committee and its members will provide a collective think tank to examine what we are doing, how we are doing it and see if we can find ways to be more efficient and effective. It’s an exciting opportunity.”
NACo’s Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee, which is referred to as CEWD, has jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to housing, community and economic development, public works and workforce development, including the creation of affordable housing and housing options for various populations, residential, commercial and industrial development and building and housing codes.
The Committee has a chair and three vice chairs, three subcommittee chairs and three subcommittee vice chairs; all appointed by the NACo president. While CEWD Steering Committee members are not assigned to specific subcommittees they are encouraged to participate in any subcommittee discussion or meeting during the year. The three subcommittees are Housing, Economic Development and Workforce Development.
There is a general schedule of events for the CEWD committee for the 2017-2018 year including the NACo Annual Conference which will be held in Nashville, Tennessee in July 2018. During that conference, the 10 policy steering committees meet to hear federal legislative and policy updates, discuss best practices, and advise the NACo Board of Directors and voting delegates on pending policy changes.