NARC’s Walter Scheiber Leadership Award to David Preece
At the National Association of Regional Councils 51st Annual Conference and Exhibition in Monterey, California on June 7, 2017, recently retired SNHPC Executive Director David J. Preece, AICP was presented with the prestigious Walter Scheiber Leadership Award. The award is presented in recognition of leadership excellence in advocating regional concepts,approaches, and programs at all levels of government.Mr. Preece, former Executive Director of the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission (SNHPC), has been instrumental in promoting engagement and participation with local communities on behalf of SNHPC. His focus on community outreach and engagement has revitalized collaborative planning efforts in the region. In particular, his personal involvement in creating the Housing and Conservation Roundtable—a statewide, incentive-based program to give communities the ability to plan housing, economic development, and conservation as a unified planning strategy—has ensured its success. This roundtable brings together planners from a diverse set of communities and facilitates collaboration and communication across the region. The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) serves as the national voice for regionalism by advocating for regional cooperation as the most effective way to address a variety of community planning and development opportunities and issues.NARC’s member organizations are comprised of multiple local government. Mr. Preece graduated from UW-Madison’s Masters in Urban and Regional Planning in 1983.