Economic Development District Leadership Forum​

July 21-22, 2022

Kansas City Country Club Plaza

4445 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

Registration Fees

Please note that while there is no fee to attend the forum, registration is required.  Please register before July 5, 2022.

You can register by clicking here or emailing [email protected].

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July 21-22, 2022

Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza

4445 Main Street Kansas City, MO 64111


About the Hotel

Relax in style at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza. Their modern, pet-friendly Kansas City hotel offers stylish rooms within walking distance to over 150 Country Club Plaza and Westport shops and restaurants. Recharge in spacious rooms and suites with plush bedding and productive workspaces. Whether you’re in the mood for a relaxing drink in the Greatroom or a hot cup of Starbucks® coffee, their onsite amenities fit the bill. Stay active with cardio equipment and free weights at the onsite gym. Experience the best of Kansas City with attractions like Country Club Plaza, Kauffman Stadium, Arrowhead Stadium, T-Mobile Center, and Power & Light nearby.

Room Rate

Room Rate: $123 + Tax (Single/Double)

Room Rate Deadline

June 27

Airports & Transit

Kansas City International Airport (MCI)

Airport Phone: +1 816-243-5237
Hotel direction: 23.1 miles S

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

  • Alternate transportation: Classic Car Service 866-546-6490; reservation required
  • Estimated taxi fare: $65 (one way)

Driving Directions

Exit the airport onto I-29 South. Go approximately 18 miles and merge onto US-71 South. Follow US-71 South for approximately 4 miles. Take the exit for Emanuel Cleaver II blvd/Swope Parkway. Turn right on Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. Go approximately 1.5 miles and turn right on Main Street. Proceed to 45th and Main Street. The Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza main entrance will be on the right immediately after crossing 45th Street.


  • On-site parking fee: $21 daily
  • Valet parking fee: $28  daily
  • Parking for 8 hours or less is $10 self parking; or $15 valet

Car Rentals

3412 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: +1 816-931-1039
1 East Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: +1 816-474-4970



The forum will be held July 21-22, 2022 immediately following the 2022 National Regional Transportation Conference (which is also a program of the NADO Research Foundation).

The Forum will officially begin at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, July 21, with a joint session with the Regional Transportation Conference that will feature the KC Rising Partnership for inclusive programs.

Attendees may also participate in one of two sessions earlier that morning: Data for Regional Planning: Challenges, Opportunities, and Resources, or Positioning Your RDO/RPO for Future Opportunities.

Topics to be covered during the Forum will include positioning EDDs for success, organizational capacity building, strengthening economic resilience, fostering entrepreneurial ecosystems, data usage and more.

The Forum will conclude at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 22.  Time has been built into the agenda for peer-to-peer networking, including during a lunch on Thursday and a breakfast on Friday.


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Applications cannot be saved and returned to at a later time. It is recommended you compile all of your information in advance in a word processor and cut and paste into the application below.

2023 Impact Awards

The primary applicant must be a NADO member. Project partners, both NADO and non-members, can be recognized under "Project Partners" below.

Primary Project Contact:
This person will be the designated point of contact for all future awards-related correspondence.

Organization Address

Project Location (if different from Organization Address)

Executive Director

Additional Organizational Information
Please upload your organization's logo which will be included on the winning project award certificate.

Project Information
This title will be printed on the award certificate for winning projects and in all 2022 NADO Impact Award materials and cannot be changed.

Project Summary & Questions
Please craft clear, thoughtful, and engaging responses to the following questions. Use the following sections to tell us how your project has made an impact, such as its use of creative funding mechanisms, efforts to create efficiencies or reduce costs, unique partnership models, and emphasis on building resilience and/or enhancing your region's quality of life.

For award-winning projects, the information provided below may be used verbatim to inform project descriptions that will be published in the 2023 NADO Impact Awards materials and included on the NADO website.

Please submit at least one photo showing your project in action. Please keep file size to a minimum (<2Mb) and use JPEG format. If uploading multiple files, ZIP files prior to submitting. If you have trouble uploading images they can be directly emailed to Brett Schwartz at [email protected]. Include the project title they correspond to in the subject line of your email.

Note: Submitted photos may be used in NADO Impact Awards materials and in other NADO published materials with credit to your organization. Please also consider submitting photos for NADO's 2023 Photo Contest, which will be held this summer.

Your application is not submitted until you are directed to a confirmation page. If you have any questions or are unsure if your application has been submitted, please contact Brett Schwartz at [email protected]

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Registration Questions Form

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New Speaker Inquiry

Job Listing Inquiry

Joe McKinney serves as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). Headquartered in Washington DC, NADO provides advocacy, education, research, and training for the nation’s 500+ regional planning and development organizations.

Joe has thirty-one years of experience having served in city, county, regional, national association, and government management since 1991. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a candidate for a master’s degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

McKinney has provided congressional testimony on numerous occasions regarding the importance of regional development organizations in helping shape the nation’s economic growth. He is nationally recognized for promoting innovative solutions in areas such as planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, and aging services.

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