Stephen Russell, AICP elected to the Nation Association of Development Organizations Board of Directors

Washington, DC – Stephen Russell, AICP, Executive Director of the North Central Planning & Development District in Winona, MS, was elected to the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) 2014 – 2015 Board of Directors on August 26, 2014 at NADO’s Annual Business Meeting.  The meeting was held in conjunction with the association’s 47th Annual Training Conference in Denver, CO.

NADO was founded in 1967 to provide training, information, and representation for regional development organizations throughout the United States.  Today, NADO member organizations serve local governments and the public within their regions through various programs focused on diversifying local economies, assisting businesses, creating jobs, and providing social services.  The NADO Board of Directors oversees the association’s budget and operations and develops policy on issues affecting regional development organizations.

“We are honored to have Steve serve on NADO’s Board of Directors.  Steve brings a wealth of expertise, knowledge, and leadership on regional community and economic development issues to the national level,” stated Joe McKinney, NADO Executive Director.  “Most importantly, Steve is focused on helping our nation’s local communities pursue comprehensive regional strategies for remaining economically competitive in today’s rapidly changing global environment.”

NADO’s Board of Directors includes member organizations that represent a broad section of the United States including the Eastern, Midwestern, Southeastern, Southwestern, and Western regions.  The term runs through the association’s 2015 Annual Business Meeting, which is held during the NADO Annual Training Conference that will take place in New Orleans, LA on October 27, 2015.

For more information contact NADO Executive Director, Joe McKinney at 202.624.5947 or

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Building on nearly five decades of experience, the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) serves as the national voice of regional development organizations.  The association is an advocate for federal community and economic development programs and policies that help local communities improve their local economy and quality of life.  For more information about NADO and the NADO Research Foundation, visit