Orange County Commissioner Renee Price named
to leadership positions in national organization
Orange County Commissioner Renee Price was re-appointed as Chair of the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Community, Economic & Workforce Development Steering Committee for 2017-18. She was named to the post by NACo President Roy Charles Brooks of Tarrant (Texas) County during the organization’s annual conference in July.
“I am thrilled to be able to continue working on this committee and helping President Brooks on his initiative of ‘Serving the Underserved” and moving the needle on ending poverty,” said Price, who also chaired the committee in 2016-17.
The CEWD Steering Committee focuses on such issues as affordable housing, small business growth and youth employment. These issues are important to rural and urban communities across the nation, including Orange County.
As Chair of the CEWD Steering Committee, Commissioner Price facilitated a day of education and business meetings during the conference. The steering committee passed resolutions requesting the federal government to maintain the current funding levels for Community Development Block Grant, HOME Partnership and Economic Development Administration programs. These programs had been slated for elimination by the executive branch; members of Congress, however, realize the significance of these programs.
The annual conference, which was held in Columbus, Ohio, featured numerous workshops for county officials on such topics as "County Communications and the Challenge of Fighting Fake News" and "How to Create a Local Event that will Attract a Member of Congress and Staff." Guest speakers included The Honorable Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
Price was also re-appointed as a Vice-Chair to NACo’s Arts & Culture Commission and as a Member of the Rural Action Caucus.
"These appointments are an honor which I humbly accept because they allow me to bring local concerns to the federal level, to bring new ideas back home and in general to pursue my public service in other capacities," she said.
As Vice-Chair of the Arts and Culture Commission, Price participated in sessions that focused on the contributions of the arts to the economic and social well-being of society.
The Rural Action Caucus serves as the voice for America's rural counties before Congress and the Administration. Nearly two-thirds of the nation's 3,069 counties are designated as rural, with a combined population of 60 million.
County elected officials from these rural areas are dedicated to solving many critical issues impacting rural life and development, such as infrastructure development, broadband deployment, business development opportunities and many more county responsibilities.
About NACo: The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. Founded in 1935, NACo assists America’s 3,069 counties in pursuing excellence in public service to produce healthy, vibrant, safe and resilient counties. NACo promotes sound public policies, fosters county solutions and innovation, promotes intergovernmental and public-private collaboration and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money.