Washington, DC, June 4, 2024 – Amy Kessler, Director of Community Development of North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, was recently elected to the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Board of Directors for the 2024-2026 term. Kessler represents the East Chapter on the 66-member Board.

The NADO Board of Directors oversees the association’s budget and operations and develops policy on issues affecting Regional Development Organizations (RDOs). The organization was founded in 1967 to provide training, information, and representation for RDOs 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.

“We are honored to have Amy Kessler serve on NADO’s Board of Directors. Kessler brings a wealth of expertise, knowledge, and leadership on regional community and economic development issues to the national level,” stated NADO Executive Director Joe McKinney. “Most importantly, Kessler 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 includes members that represent a broad section of the United States including the Eastern, Central, Midwestern, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western regions. The 2024-2026 term runs through the association’s Annual Business Meeting held in conjunction with NADO’s Annual Training Conference in Reno, NV in October 2026.

To contact Amy Kessler, email amy@ncentral.com or call 814-773-3162, ext. 3017. Visit www.ncentral.com to read more about the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission. To learn more about NADO’s Board of Directors, visit nado.org/board.

About NADO

The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) promotes public policies that

strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through the regional strategies, coordination efforts, and program expertise of the nation’s regional development organizations. Learn more about NADO at www.nado.org.