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National Development Organization Taps Two Rivers Director as President

Woodstock — Peter Gregory, executive director of the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission in Woodstock, was recently elected president of the National Association of Development Organizations.

Gregory joined the staff of the regional commission in 1989 and has served as executive director since 1997. He is also chairman of the Vermont State Infrastructure Bank and vice chairman of the Vermont Downtown Development Board, which makes decisions on downtown and growth center designations under Vermont law.

Gregory brings “a wealth of expertise, knowledge and leadership on regional community and economic development issues to the national level,” Joe McKinney, NADO’s executive director, said in the release. “Most importantly, he is focused on helping our nation’s local communities pursue comprehensive regional strategies for remaining economically competitive in today’s rapidly changing global environment.”

Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission, a political subdivision of the state, comprises 30 municipalities in east-central Vermont. It was created in 1970 by its member towns and is governed by a board of representatives appointed by each of the towns. Its mission is to “build a thriving regional economy while enhancing the region’s quality of life,” the commission said in a recent news release. Its work includes advocating on behalf of member towns, providing technical planning services to local officials, and, in some cases, developing and implementing regional planning activities.

The National Association of Development Organizations promotes public policies designed to strengthen local governments, communities and economies.

The NADO Research Foundation’s work includes improving the organizational and professional capacities of regional development organizations and bridge communications gaps between policy makers, practitioners and the public.

— Staff repor