LEWISBURG – Board officers for SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) were elected at Wednesday’s public meeting.
The 2018 SEDA-COG Board of Directors’ officers are Perry County Commissioner Brenda Benner, president; Clinton County Commissioner Jeff Snyder, first vice president; Columbia County Commissioner Rich Ridgway, second vice president; Larry Reisinger of Perry County, secretary; and White Deer Township Supervisor Larry Seibert, treasurer.
The 2017 officers were Snyder County Commissioner Malcolm Derk III, president; Benner, first vice president; Snyder, second vice president; Reisinger, secretary; and Seibert, treasurer.
Derk said he has enjoyed his time as president. He has a 10-year tenure on the board, eight of which have been spent on the executive board.
“It has been an honor to serve as president of SEDA-COG’s Board of Directors. It is immensely satisfying to serve the region with SEDA-COG with its diverse programs that are flexible and innovative to help meet the area’s needs. Positive economic and community change has been generated by our unified 11-county efforts,” Derk said.
Benner thanked the board for their selection.
“I’m honored to be elected as president, and I am excited to see the directions SEDA-COG will go in the next year, and how I can assist in the ongoing efforts to serve our communities,” Benner said.
SEDA-COG Executive Director Bill Seigel thanked Derk for his service and welcomed Benner as the incoming board president.
“We’ve had many great partnerships and efforts with the board. We appreciate President Derk’s leadership, and we congratulate President Benner on this election,” Seigel said. “In all our endeavors, we seek to serve the region and enhance the quality of life and economy for communities and businesses alike.”
Board member appointments and reappointments will take place in January. The SEDA-COG board is a 22-member, county-based policy board representing both public and private sectors.
SEDA-COG is a regional multi-county development agency, which, under the guidance of a public policy board, provides leadership, expertise and services to communities, businesses, institutions and residents. SEDA-COG seeks to enhance growth opportunities in an environmentally sensitive manner while retaining the region’s predominantly rural character. The organization is both a direct service provider and a link to other resources that can be applied to a wide range of community and economic needs. SEDA-COG also is an advocate for the interests of its communities at the state and federal levels. For more information, visit www.seda-cog.org.