CDA Executive Director Barbara Dacy was recently honored by the state’s leading housing and redevelopment organization with one of its lifetime achievement awards.

Dacy was named as the 2018 Allan Anderson Award of Merit winner by the Minnesota chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials at its spring conference in Brainerd. According to the association, the award was established in 1979 to recognize an individual was has distinguished themselves with excellence and leadership in their career in housing and/or community development. Those nominated for this award should exemplify the dedication and leadership needed to serve their community and its people in providing affordable housing and community development activities.

CDA Board of Commissioners chair Brian Zeller said the following in his nomination letter:

“Barbara is beloved by her staff and her peers. Her agency is a model for what can be built when those at the top lead through service. She has mentored many staff who have gone on to be change agents and community leaders in their own right. Even after she decides to pass the torch, there are countless others that she has nurtured and influenced and who stand ready to carry on with the important work that remains.”

All of us at the CDA extend our congratulations to Barbara and are grateful for her leadership!