Commissioner Proud named to NADO board

Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud has been elected to the Board of Directors for the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO).

NADO Executive Director Matthew Chase said that he was thrilled to have Proud join the NADO Board.

“We are all very pleased,” said Chase. “Bob brings tremendous experience to the association and a true passion for helping promote regional approaches and solutions to local community and economic development initiatives.”

NADO, which is based in Washington D.C., is an association that promotes and provides education, advocacy, networking, and research for area development in small rural and metropolitan areas.

This is the second elected NADO term for Proud and he will represent elected officials in 12 midwestern states.

“I am honored to have been elected for a second term,” said Proud. “I will be primarily focusing my efforts on the economic development administration, securing funds for local programs such as community block development grants. I will also be working on appropriations for the Ohio Appalachian region.”

Since 1967, NADO has advocated federal policies and programs that promote strategies and solutions in addressing local economic development needs.

According to Chase, NADO’s core mission areas include community and economic development, emergency preparation in regards to homeland security, protecting and preserving the environment, small business finance development, and transportation and workforce development.

Chase said that it was essential that NADO has regional and local leaders like Bob Proud to serve at the national level, especially during these competitive economic times.

Proud will represent the midwestern region of NADO during the 2006-2007 term.