Area Five Development Commission Testifies at Congressional Economic Development Hearing – Brainerd Dispatch

STAPLES — Cheryal Lee Hills, executive director of the Region Five Development Commission and representative of the National Association of Development Organizations, testified before Congress on Wednesday, May 11.

The U.S. House Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Growth Equity hosted the hearing entitled “Bringing Prosperity to Communities Left Behind: Using Targeted Place-Based Development to Expand Economic Opportunity “.

Select committee members and policy experts had the opportunity to examine how wealth disparities in local economies have increased – including in rural towns, industrial centers and urban neighborhoods – and how targeted initiatives and local organizations can restore local economies and create jobs for economically vulnerable people. Regions.

As a federally recognized economic development district, Area Five Development Commission develops and maintains the overall economic development strategy for the area. The overall economic development strategy is an intentionally equitable economic path designed by diverse voices.

“It is imperative to invest in local practitioners who emphasize equity and inclusion in their approaches to community development,” Hills said during the local economic development hearing. “We measure the success of projects and programs based on improved livelihoods and ownership for those living on the margins of our economy.”

The main objective of the hearing was to explore targeted and place-based policies to restore local economies and improve underserved communities.

“In his testimony, Lee Hills not only represented the needs of his region; she also represented the needs and interests of hundreds of other National Association of Development Organizations members across the country,” Joe McKinney, executive director of the National Association of Development Organizations, said in a statement. Press. “Cheryal was the perfect person to speak about how federal funding and programs can be better targeted to benefit rural and underserved communities in more equitable and impactful ways.”

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