Mike Fisher has been selected as the assistant executive director of SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG).
The decision was the result of recommendations by the SEDA-COG Board of Directors’ Search Committee and was publicly announced at the Oct. 24 public board meeting.
A longtime SEDA-COG staffer, Fisher has served in numerous capacities at SEDA-COG since 1986, starting as a senior program analyst, becoming chief of the Housing Programs in 1990, and heading the Weatherization Program since 2017.
SEDA-COG Executive Director Bill Seigel commended Fisher’s lengthy and committed service to the region, and said it is a necessary position to fill. Prior to Seigel serving as assistant executive director for three months last year, the position has not been filled since 2007.
“This is a critical role to fill, and Mike will do an exemplary job as he has for the last 32 years. He is absolutely committed to this region and the agency, and his management and leadership skills will continue to help meet the varied and changing needs of the region,” Seigel said.
Brenda Benner, SEDA-COG Board of Directors’ president and Perry County commissioner, congratulated and thanked Fisher.
“We have seen how community members, especially the elderly and those on limited incomes, have flourished with the numerous housing and weatherization options SEDA-COG offers under Mike’s oversight. On behalf of the board, I thank Mike for his service and we are thrilled to see him step into this new role as assistant executive director,” Benner said.
Fisher thanked the board and said he looks forward to contributing to the wellbeing of the region and agency.
“I am looking forward to working with the staff and our board of directors as we work to create programmatic growth and further financial stability for the agency. This will position SEDA-COG to better serve our communities and its region in the years ahead,” Fisher said.
As assistant executive director, Fisher supports the enhancement of SEDA-COG’s reputation, credibility, and professional relationships, along with leading in the areas of business development and financial planning. Additionally, he now oversees the Enterprise Development programs, which include Business Finance, Export, Procurement, and Economic Development.
Fisher’s contributions to the region have been vast. Since 1989, Fisher has overseen SEDA-COG’s Housing Rehabilitation Program, which has rehabilitated over 1,000 homes throughout 10 counties, with over $25 million invested. The program works with communities and local officials to assess and meet housing rehabilitation needs. SEDA-COG administers the grant funds, helps homeowners retain a contractor, and assists in project management.
“This program invests in existing housing stock, hires local contractors, and serves a principally elderly population. We make people’s homes safer while helping to secure the local tax base,” Fisher said.
The other part of SEDA-COG’s Housing Program is the development and management of elderly apartment complexes. Fisher has supervised the development of nine quality, affordable senior housing complexes that, in addition to providing excellent housing opportunities, generate tax revenue and contribute to central business districts. The 10th complex will be in Flemington, Clinton County; construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2019. Including the 10th complex, there will be over 279 total senior housing apartments in these complexes and more than $46.7 million invested.
Fisher also managed SEDA-COG’s Weatherization program, the agency’s largest program with 27 staff. Since 2008, over 8,600 homes have been weatherized through SEDA-COG. The program is free for qualifying individuals and families.
He and his wife, Pam, live in Mifflinburg. They have two adult sons.