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News May 5, 2016

Thomas Higginbotham Elected to the National Association of Development Organizations Board of Directors

Washington, DC – Thomas Higginbotham, Executive Director of the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District in Norfolk, NE, was elected to the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) 2016 – 2018 Board of Directors on April 13, 2016.  Founded in 1967, NADO provides advocacy, education, research, and training for the nation’s 540 regional development organizations. 

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 community 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 Tom serve on NADO’s Board of Directors.  Tom 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, Tom is focused on helping our nation’s local communities pursue comprehensive regional strategies for remaining economically competitive in today’s rapidly changing global environment.”

“I am pleased to represent Nebraska on the NADO Board. NADO plays a major role at the federal level on community and economic development issues which are important to our region and the entire state," stated Higginbotham.

NADO’s Board of Directors includes member organizations that represent a broad section of the United States including the Central, Eastern, Midwestern, Southeastern, Southwestern, and Western regions.  The two-year term for Board members begins on May 1, 2016 and runs through April 30, 2018.

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

Meeting Highlights

NENEDD and NED, Inc. held their monthly meeting on April 27, 2016. Highlights from the meetings include approving a business loan, quarterly loan review and adopting the revised housing guidelines.

NENEDD approved a loan of $120,000 to Northeast Eye Care, P.C. in West Point. Dr. Brandon Ridder purchased the business and real estate and started his own practice in July 2014. Dr. Ridder is renovating the building extensively with a new floor plan.

The minutes from the monthly meetings are available on the website.