NADO Annual Training Conference 2022​

Overview

 
NADO Annual Training Conference 2022

October 15 – 18

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown

Updated Preliminary Agenda Now Available! Click here to see the agenda. 

Join your regional development peers in Pittsburgh, PA, for four exciting days of learning, networking, information sharing, and participating in relevant and timely discussions about regional solutions to local economic development challenges.

NADO’s 2022 ATC will offer many venues for learning. Learning labs—roll-up your sleeves workshops that will have you engaging with your peers in hands-on learning—participate in sessions where you can learn about replicable initiatives from your peers. Mobile workshops will offer exciting opportunities for attendees to visit and learn about local development efforts. Plenary sessions led by thought leaders will push you to think big. Conversation cafés will allow you to network with your peers as you dive deep into topics of interest and importance to you.

Top 11 Reasons to Attend NADO’s 2022 ATC in Pittsburgh

  1. Learn about successful approaches to regional economic development that RDOs in other regions are implementing.
  2. Participate in peer-to-peer information exchanges during facilitated sessions and numerous networking opportunities.
  3. Celebrate the winners of NADO’s 2022 Aliceann Wolhbruck Impact Awards at a special reception.
  4. Gain insights into strategies to enhance your organization’s engagement with and impact upon your region.
  5. Be inspired by thought leaders during the plenary sessions, and by your peers during best practice sessions.
  6. Explore Pittsburgh’s revitalized downtown on a walking tour by Riverlife which has been instrumental in redeveloping the city’s downtown riverfronts.
  7. Experience the Carrie Blast Furnace, a fixture in the city’s historic role in the steel industry, as you learn about its significant history and evolution into a home for contemporary art installations, on a mobile workshop.
  8. Visit Hazelwood Green and Mill 19 on a mobile workshop to learn how these former brownfields, one a mill and the other an industrial plant, are transforming into a mixed-use neighborhood.
  9. Gather with old friends and make new acquaintances who are doing similar work across the country.
  10. Showcase your musical talents at the return of after-dinner Karaoke!
  11. Discover Pittsburgh!

Book your hotel room reservation here

Just added: Mobile Workshops!

Three Mobile Workshops have been added to the agenda.  All three require pre-registration and an additional fee.  You can register here, even if you have already registered for the conference!

Brownfields Tour:  A Visit to Hazelwood Green and RIDC Mill 19

Saturday, October 15, 2022 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Pre-registration is required; additional fee of $40

This tour, hosted by the Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC) and Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) team, will visit a major redevelopment project that is transforming a former mill and industrial plant into a mixed-use neighborhood.  Hazelwood Green is located on 178 acres along the Monongahela River, part of Pittsburgh’s Greater Hazelwood neighborhood and the historic site of Jones & Laughlin Steel Company’s first industrial plant.  RIDC Mill 19 is the first development on the Hazelwood Green site. It is the catalytic redevelopment of one of the mills at Hazelwood Green and has been transformed into a green, sustainable advanced manufacturing research center. The mill's steel superstructure supports the largest rooftop solar array in the U.S., generating over two million kilowatt hours (kWh) per year, enough electricity to power 380 homes.  RIDC Mill 19 is home to advanced manufacturing and autonomous innovation partners including Carnegie Mellon University's Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) and Manufacturing Futures Initiative, Catalyst Connection, and Motional, and its third and final building will be completed in 2022.

Pittsburgh’s Downtown Riverfronts—A Walking Tour of Revitalization in Action

Sunday, October 16, 2022 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is required; additional fee of $15

Riverlife is a nonprofit organization formed in 1999 to create a plan for the redevelopment of Pittsburgh’s downtown riverfronts. Working from the feedback of the community, Riverlife released a vision plan in 2000 for Pittsburgh’s 15-mile, an 880-acre loop of riverfront parks, trails, and public open spaces. The riverfront park system has been realized piece by piece, with Riverlife working with landowners, developers, neighborhood groups, and elected officials to build and connect Pittsburgh’s downtown riverfront experience. Through Riverlife’s leadership, more than 85% of the 15-mile loop has been established and improved for public use. In 2022 Riverlife released the Completing the Loop plan for how they intend to close the remaining gaps and make major improvements to the loop over the next decade. The organization has led a $132 million investment in Pittsburgh’s downtown riverfront experience over the past 15 years which helped catalyze nearly $4.2 billion in total riverfront and adjacent development in downtown Pittsburgh. The tour will be led by Riverlife staff and will take participants on a walking tour to the West End Bridge to see this development in action.  Please note the tour will include stairs and the walk will be about 3 miles.

The Carrie Blast Furnaces: Then & Now   

Monday, October 17, 2022 | 1:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Pre-registration is required; additional fee of $40

Declared a National Historic Landmark in 2006, Carrie, as it’s affectionately known, entices visitors to marvel at the scale and legacy of its industrial might.  A remnant of the legendary U.S. Steel Homestead Steel Works, the Carrie Blast Furnaces are a vestige of Pittsburgh’s 20th-century domination of the steel industry.  On the tour, you’ll hear stories about the site’s technology (including why it is nationally significant) as well as get to know the culture of its workers. You’ll also learn a bit about the iron-making process, from the movement of the raw materials to the tapping of the furnaces that produced fiery molten iron.  The tour will also highlight how creatives, from guerrilla artists and graffiti writers to curators and designers, have been inspired by—and left their mark on—this revered landscape, highlighting contemporary art installations, graffiti murals, the Iron Garden, and the famous Carrie Deer.

Questions

Questions about conference registration?  Contact Krystal DeLeon at [email protected]

Questions about the hotel? Contact Brittany Salazar at [email protected]

Questions about the conference content? Contact Laurie Thompson at [email protected]

Registration Fees

The early bird registration deadline is September 25, 2022.

 Early BirdLate Bird
Associate & General
$700
$720
Partner & Sustaining
$675
$695
Platinum & Platinum Plus
$650
$670
Diamond
$630
$650
Spouse
$300
$320
Student
$150
$150
Non-member
$850
$870

 

Cancellation Policy

Registrants who cancel their registrations will receive a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee.

Substitution Policy

To substitute a registrant, please contact NADO’s Operations Manager, Krystal De Leon at [email protected]

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October 15 - 18, 2022

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown

600 Commonwealth Place | Pittsburgh, PA 15222

+1-412-391-4600

About the Hotel

Where Pittsburgh’s famed three rivers meet soaring skyscrapers, Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh awaits to offer you an inspired experience in the heart of downtown. Its located within walking distance of Heinz Field, PPG Paints Arena, PNC Park, the Cultural District, and 80+ restaurants, bars, entertainment venues & shopping.

Room Rate

$185 + tax

Room Rate Deadline

September 25

Get There

From Pittsburgh International Airport

Taxi cabs can be found on the lower level of the Landside Terminal (underground access is available from the Airside Terminal).  It can take 30 – 45 minutes to get to the hotel, depending on traffic.  The average fare is about $50.  Valet parking at the hotel is available for $35/day.

28X Airport Flyer bus service can be found directly outside baggage claim.  The closest stop to the Wyndham is Liberty Avenue.  It takes approximately 45 minutes from the airport to Liberty Avenue.  The cost is $2.75 each way (as of August 24, 2022).  Tickets can be purchased at a ticket machine at Lower Level Baggage Claim, Door #2 or you can pay on the bus but note that exact change is required.

Driving (Valet parking at the hotel is available for $35/day)

From the North: Take 79S, merge onto 279 S to Pittsburgh. Exit 1A on left to Ft. Duquesne Boulevard. Turn right at Stanwix Street. Stay right on Penn Avenue. Turn right on Commonwealth Place.

From the South: Travel 79N, merge to 376 E via exit 59A to Pittsburgh. Exit 70A to Liberty Avenue. Turn left on Commonwealth Place.

From the East: Take 376W, exit 70D on left to Stanwix Street. Turn left at Ft. Pitt Boulevard. Turn right on Commonwealth Place.

From the West: Take 376 E, exit 70A to Liberty Avenue. Turn left on Commonwealth Place

From Airport:  Go North on Airport Blvd and bear slight left to exit Airport. Take 376E towards Pittsburgh to 279N. Exit at 70A for CONSOL Center and take Blvd of Allies/Liberty Avenue exit. Make left at end of ramp onto Commonwealth Place.

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Attend

Conference Agenda

NADO’s 2022 ATC will offer over 30 plenary and concurrent sessions, learning labs, conversation cafés, and mobile workshops that fall under three tracks: Organizational Capacity Building, Regional Resilience, and Infrastructure and Regional Development.  Sessions have been designed specifically for RDO executive directors, staff, and board members.  Click here for the latest agenda.

Fun and Interesting Things to Do in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is an exciting city that has much to offer for everyone!  Diverse neighborhoods full of amazing restaurants, a broad spectrum of entertainment venues, professional sports teams, hiking and running trails, museums, art galleries, and much more!  The downtown area is very walkable, and the city has a robust bike share program and a free fare zone on the light rail in the downtown area.  Check out the city’s official tourism site, VisitPITTSBURGH, for all the details!  Here is a brief list of some of the many things happening in October.

Know Before You Go

Stop by here again soon for information that you will find useful as you plan your trip to Pittsburgh and the conference. 

Three Mobile Workshops have just been added to the agenda. All three require pre-registration and an additional fee. You can register here, even if you have already registered for the conference! See more information for each workshop below.

Brownfields Tour:  A Visit to Hazelwood Green and RIDC Mill 19

Saturday, October 15, 2022 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Pre-registration is required; additional fee of $40

This tour, hosted by the Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC) and Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) team, will visit a major redevelopment project that is transforming a former mill and industrial plant into a mixed-use neighborhood.  Hazelwood Green is located on 178 acres along the Monongahela River, part of Pittsburgh’s Greater Hazelwood neighborhood and the historic site of Jones & Laughlin Steel Company’s first industrial plant.  RIDC Mill 19 is the first development on the Hazelwood Green site. It is the catalytic redevelopment of one of the mills at Hazelwood Green and has been transformed into a green, sustainable advanced manufacturing research center. The mill's steel superstructure supports the largest rooftop solar array in the U.S., generating over two million kilowatt hours (kWh) per year, enough electricity to power 380 homes.  RIDC Mill 19 is home to advanced manufacturing and autonomous innovation partners including Carnegie Mellon University's Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) and Manufacturing Futures Initiative, Catalyst Connection, and Motional, and its third and final building will be completed in 2022.

Pittsburgh’s Downtown Riverfronts—A Walking Tour of Revitalization in Action

Sunday, October 16, 2022 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is required; additional fee of $15

Riverlife is a nonprofit organization formed in 1999 to create a plan for the redevelopment of Pittsburgh’s downtown riverfronts. Working from the feedback of the community, Riverlife released a vision plan in 2000 for Pittsburgh’s 15-mile, an 880-acre loop of riverfront parks, trails, and public open spaces. The riverfront park system has been realized piece by piece, with Riverlife working with landowners, developers, neighborhood groups, and elected officials to build and connect Pittsburgh’s downtown riverfront experience. Through Riverlife’s leadership, more than 85% of the 15-mile loop has been established and improved for public use. In 2022 Riverlife released the Completing the Loop plan for how they intend to close the remaining gaps and make major improvements to the loop over the next decade. The organization has led a $132 million investment in Pittsburgh’s downtown riverfront experience over the past 15 years which helped catalyze nearly $4.2 billion in total riverfront and adjacent development in downtown Pittsburgh. The tour will be led by Riverlife staff and will take participants on a walking tour to the West End Bridge to see this development in action.  Please note the tour will include stairs and the walk will be about 3 miles.

The Carrie Blast Furnaces: Then & Now   

Monday, October 17, 2022 | 1:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Pre-registration is required; additional fee of $40

Declared a National Historic Landmark in 2006, Carrie, as it’s affectionately known, entices visitors to marvel at the scale and legacy of its industrial might.  A remnant of the legendary U.S. Steel Homestead Steel Works, the Carrie Blast Furnaces are a vestige of Pittsburgh’s 20th-century domination of the steel industry.  On the tour, you’ll hear stories about the site’s technology (including why it is nationally significant) as well as get to know the culture of its workers. You’ll also learn a bit about the iron-making process, from the movement of the raw materials to the tapping of the furnaces that produced fiery molten iron.  The tour will also highlight how creatives, from guerrilla artists and graffiti writers to curators and designers, have been inspired by—and left their mark on—this revered landscape, highlighting contemporary art installations, graffiti murals, the Iron Garden, and the famous Carrie Deer.

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