Bill Seigel has been selected as the incoming executive director of SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG).
The SEDA-COG veteran became the assistant executive director on July 1, and when Executive Director Dennis Robinson retires in September, Seigel will transition into that role.
The decision was the result of recommendations by the SEDA-COG Board of Directors’ Search Committee. At the July 26 board meeting, the members ratified an action they authorized at the June board meeting – to finalize terms of employment with Seigel.
SEDA-COG Board President Malcolm Derk thanked Robinson for providing over four decades of excellent leadership, building an agency with skilled staff and programs to meet the region’s needs. Derk congratulated Seigel, and is excited to see the new directions in which he will lead.
“The board looks forward to working with Bill as he begins his new role and charts the course for the future of the agency. Bill will begin a strategic planning process, involving the expertise of our excellent staff and regional stakeholders. The board shares my enthusiasm as we work through this important transition and work together in shaping the next chapter of SEDA-COG’s success,” Derk said.
Seigel expressed his gratitude and commitment for the selection. “I am humbled by the trust and confidence the SEDA-COG board has demonstrated in making this appointment. I am fully committed to supporting the staff and board in furthering the outstanding work of this organization,” Seigel said.
At the helm of SEDA-COG’s Community Development Program over the last 35 years, Bill has helped local communities realize over 1,000 public infrastructure and community facility projects. In fiscal year 2016-17, the department administered approximately 60 open projects on behalf of 41 local governments. Service area includes SEDA-COG’s 11-county region, plus Potter County.
Seigel has led the administration of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for 10 counties and 31 municipalities involving construction, oversight and grant administration for public works projects. Additionally, Seigel and staff provide CDBG training sessions for grant managers, contractors and engineering professionals seeking basic process, management, and compliance service training.
Defining moments in Seigel’s SEDA-COG career include:
- The Columbia County Flood Risk Management project which involves a mile-long flood wall that protects over 700 jobs at Autoneum North America Inc. and preserves the former Windsor Foods property for future use. It is the largest public works project in the county, and received the largest grant in the history of the Philadelphia Regional Office of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) at $15 million. It was dedicated in October 2016.
- Developing a Self-Help Assessment Tool for riverine communities to help them define and design flood resiliency strategies and better implement those strategies. The planning process is tested in the pilot community, Selinsgrove, and then replicated in five more communities: Milton, Danville, Bloomsburg, Newport, and Lewisburg.