Virtual Annual Training Conference Agenda

September 27-30, 2021

Hosted by State of Nevada, Governor's Office of Economic Development

Message from the President

September 27, 2021

Dear COSCDA Member,

On behalf of the officers, Board of Directors, and staff, I want to thank you for your attendance at the 2021 COSCDA Annual Conference and welcome you to the State of Nevada … virtually.  The theme for our conference is “Power of Partnerships.”  This year, for the second year in a row, our conference looks a bit different… while our nation remains in the ongoing COVID-19 medical pandemic, our important work continues.  Although we are not able to gather in person, we are committed to coming together virtually to share, learn and grow together. 

During our time together in this virtual environment, we will highlight current policy matters critical to community development, housing, homelessness, and disaster recovery. To that end we have put together general and concurrent sessions that feature federal officials, knowledgeable professionals and of course your peers, who will provide timely information that we hope you find invaluable as you work to implement your state’s comprehensive arsenal of community development programs.  This year HUD’s Senior Official’s briefings will provide critical updates on new policy directions from our partners at HUD.  We have also scheduled a “virtual mobile workshop” to give you a close up view of outstanding projects undertaken by the State of Nevada in the non-entitlement communities throughout the state.

Speaking of the State of Nevada, I want to extend a very special thank you to the staff for hosting our conference and for the planning committee’s countless hours in organizing and executing what I know will be in outstanding conference.

In closing, I want to reiterate that strong member participation is a primary factor to COSCDA’s continuing success which is demonstrated by the ongoing active commitment to COSCDA’s vision and mission by you and your colleagues.  Attending training events like this reaffirms that for COSCDA, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. 

Together we create momentum that results in outcomes beyond what we can do working only in our individual states – together we renew the process of creating and refining our agenda for continuous improvement on behalf of the communities we serve.

Steve C. Hardin

COSCDA Board of Directors

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Steven Hardin

Alison George photo

Vice President

Alison George


Deborah Johnson


Rebecca Frawley Wachtel

Immediate Past President

Keith Heaton, CPM


Suzanne Barnard


Erik Johnston

Janice Waddell


Janice L. Waddell

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Regional Representative-MidWestern

Christine Cusmano-Whitz

Cindy Stone

Regional Representative-Eastern

Cindy Stone

Regional Representative-Southern

Traci Watts

Regional Representative-Western

Pauletta Bourne

Jean Noble


Jean Noble


Kent Archer


Dianne Taylor

Executive Director

(202) 293-5820 ext. 114

Email: [email protected]

Angel Billingsley

Operations and Office Manager

(202) 293-5820 ext. 110

Email: [email protected]

Ed Geiger

Conference Training Coordinator

(202) 293-5820 ext. 117

Email: [email protected]

Michael Lightfield


(202) 293-5820 ext. 112

Email: [email protected]

Josh Shumaker

Director of Advocacy and Federal Programs

(202) 293-5820 ext. 116

Email: [email protected]