Region Five announces 2017 board of directors
STAPLES--The Region Five Development Commission announced this year's board of directors, along with the newest members to the commission. The 2017 board of directors include: David Anderson, Wadena County municipalities, board chair; Barb Becker...
STAPLES-The Region Five Development Commission announced this year's board of directors, along with the newest members to the commission.
The 2017 board of directors include: David Anderson, Wadena County municipalities, board chair; Barb Becker, Todd County commissioner, vice chair; Duane Johnson, Morrison County commissioner, secretary; Craig Nathan, Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program/special interests, treasurer; Sheldon Monson, Wadena County commissioner, director; Rosemary Franzen, Crow Wing County commissioner, director; John Benson, Cass County town boards, director.
The commission's newest representatives are Jill Abbott, Minnesota State Community and Technical College/higher education; Nancy Stevens, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe; Curt Johnson, Region Five school boards.
"We are fortunate to work for elected officials and leaders of special interest groups who continually seek regional cooperation and efficiencies in ways that improve our rural quality of life," stated Cheryal Hills, executive director, in a news release.
Region Five Development Commission was established in state statute in 1973 and is designated as an Economic Development District by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration for the five-county region. A few of the commission's programs and services include community development through broadband, energy and local foods plans/program deployment; economic development, including four lending programs; and a multitude of transportation programs including Safe Routes to Schools planning.
The work of the commission is guided by a governing commission that consists of members representing a cross-section of constituents from around the five-county region. Visit www.regionfive.org for a full listing of commission representatives.