Top USDA official to keynote NECAC housing summits in three states

A top USDA administrator will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming three-state housing summit.

Tammy Trevino, Administrator for Housing and Community Facilities with USDA Rural Development, will speak June 19 in Keokuk, Iowa, June 20 in Quincy, Ill., and June 21 in Canton, Mo.

Sponsors are the not-for-profit North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC), Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials, the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission, Iowa State University Extension, the Tri-State Development Summit and NeighborWorks America.

"We are grateful that Tammy Trevino will be our keynote speaker," said Carla Potts, NECAC Deputy Director for Housing Developments and the chief organizer of the summit. "She has a wealth of knowledge that will be instrumental in helping the Tri-State region create more housing for working families."

Trevino is a Texas native who received a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a master's degree in business administration from Sul Ross State University's Rio Grande College in Uvalde.

She is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional and a certified Housing Development Finance Professional.

Trevino served as economic development director for LaSalle County, Texas, and as chief executive officer of FUTURO, a Texas non-profit organization that provides housing, business, community development and technical assistance.  She was appointed to her present position on June 9, 2009, by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

In addition to Trevino's presentation, there will be discussion of topics such as federal and state housing initiatives, innovative financing opportunities and faith-based partnerships.

The Keokuk summit will be from noon to 4 p.m. June 19 at City Hall, 415 Blondeau. In Quincy, the summit will meet from noon to 4 p.m. June 20 at the Oakley-Lindsay Civic Center at 300 Civic Center Plaza. The Missouri summit will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 21 at the Centerstone Inn (formerly Comfort Inn) at 1701 Oak in Canton.

Doors open for registration an hour ahead of each summit, and a complimentary lunch will be served each day.

"The goal is to educate elected government and economic development officials about the resources available to them for workforce housing in their communities," Potts said. "We want them to take home the idea that there are innovative things being done that we can all learn from and that can put more of our neighbors into quality housing."

The event is an outgrowth of the Tri-State Development Summit, a group that has held nine regional conferences since 1996 in an effort to discuss common issues and solutions in 35 Missouri, Illinois and Iowa counties. Housing is one of 10 steering committees that meet and report to the summit.

People who are interested in attending may call Potts or LaDon Bryant at (573) 324-6622 or Megan Backs at (217) 223-4313.


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