The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is honoring its recently retired longtime leader with more than an inscribed gold watch or a plaque bearing her name. Rather, the nonprofit will name its iconic Butte headquarters building and grounds after Kathy Hadley during a ceremony on July 26.
Hadley retired earlier this year after 21 years as executive director of NCAT. Before that, she was a staff member, starting at NCAT in 1986.
“Kathy has been at the core of NCAT for most of its 43-year history,” said Gene Brady, Chairman of NCAT’s board of directors. “It’s only fitting that the headquarters bear a reminder of her leadership and vision, which did so much to grow NCAT to meet its mission.”
Steve Thompson, NCAT’s new Executive Director, said, “It’s a privilege to be honoring Kathy and her legacy of service. Naming the campus for her will be an inspiration to us to carry on with the same determination and dedication.”
NCAT is a national non-profit organization headquartered in Butte, with regional offices in Davis, Calif.; San Antonio, Texas; Jackson, Miss.; Fayetteville, Ark., and Keene, N.H
Its focus is helping people by championing small-scale, local, and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities, and protect natural resources. NCAT recently celebrated its 43rd anniversary.
The NCAT headquarters will be named the Kathleen Hadley Campus of the National Center for Appropriate Technology. The grounds include NCAT’s Small-Scale Intensive Training Farm (SIFT) and a 45.4 kW photovoltaic solar energy system, two major accomplishments during Ms. Hadley’s tenure.
The building, located at 3040 Continental Drive, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1902 on the site of the county poor farm as a hospital for itinerant immigrant workers, many of whom were impoverished.
When federal social assistance programs began in the 1930s, the building remained the county hospital until it was replaced in 1956. NCAT moved into the building in 1976.
The dedication ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 26. Speakers will include Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney, Butte Silver-Bow Chief Executive Dave Palmer, Sen. Jon Tester representative Erik Nylund, Sen. Steve Daines representative Cindy Perdue-Dolan, retired staff member John McBride, Gene Brady, and Hadley’s husband, Wayne. There also will be refreshments. The public is invited to join NCAT and its board and staff for this special event.
In addition to her time at NCAT, Hadley served more than 10 years as the Montana Wildlife Federation (MWF) representative to the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). She served two terms as president of MWF, where she was an active board member for almost 20 years, and is currently serving as president of NWF. Kathy was first elected to the National Wildlife Federation Board of Directors in 2002.
She was appointed by Montana’s governor to the first Private Lands/Public Wildlife Committee, which resulted in legislation that opened up more than seven million acres of private land to public hunting. She also is a founding board member of the Clark Fork Coalition, a river advocacy organization, and has served as a conservation representative on the Clark Fork River Basin Restoration Council.