Robert Cannon to lead the National Association of Regional Councils
CLINTON TOWNSHIP – Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon is expected to be named president of The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) at their annual conference, which begins February 8.
NARC serves as a national voice for regions by advocating regional cooperation as the most effective way to address various community planning and development opportunities and issues. The National Conference of Regions is NARC’s forum to explore key policy issues for the upcoming year.
Cannon is a former chair of SEMCOG (Southeast Michigan Council of Governments), one of the dozens of NARC membership organizations across the United States.
“I’ve always been proud to be a member of SEMCOG and to have led that group, and I am honored to be selected as the next president of NARC,” said Cannon. “Communicating and collaborating within regions and on a national level is the most effective way to plan and grow communities. I look forward to beginning work with NARC,” he said.
NARC members include regional and government councils, regional planning and development agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, and other regional organizations. Members work collaboratively with their communities to address citizen needs and promote a regional approach to planning for the future.
“For decades, Bob Cannon has been a consummate champion for regional collaboration,” said Amy O’Leary, Executive Director of SEMCOG. “His immense value to Southeast Michigan shines through in every situation. Whether serving as SEMCOG’s Chairperson or as a member of one of our committees, we have always counted on Bob to provide a strong and unifying voice to help move us forward. I have no doubt he will provide the same type of value as President of NARC,” she said.
NARC’s agenda includes transportation, economic and community development, energy and environment, public safety, and community issues undertaken by its member organizations.
The week-long National Conference of Regions, held virtually this year, will commence with Cannon’s election then delve into webinars on key national policy issues, developments, and best practices. On Thursday, digital advocacy is the topic for discussion, which happens to be related to one of Clinton Township’s recently adopted strategic plan priorities – digital diversity.
“Access to digital tools for education and employment has become a fundamental need in most communities across the nation,” said Cannon. “I look forward to hearing how other regions are applying digital technology to meet those needs.”