Washington Conference 2023


March 12 to March 15, 2023

Crystal Gateway Marriott

1700 Richmond Highway, Arlington, VA 22202

Join the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) and the Development District Association of Appalachia (DDAA) for sessions focused on regional development, the federal landscape, and the programs and policies that matter most to Regional Development Organizations and their stakeholders.

A special thank you to our conference sponsors:


View the 'What to Know Before You Go' reference guide which contains general event information to help participants prepare to attend the conference.

The NADO Research Foundation is excited to host “An Afternoon with the Districts,” a free half-day, interactive training and networking event on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Arlington, Virginia immediately following the NADO & DDAA Washington Conference. During this event, delivered as part of the EDD Community of Practice, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the latest news and funding opportunities from EDA headquarters staff
  • Discuss recent trends in regional economic development
  • Hear from partner organizations and participate in small group discussions
  • Network with peers
  • And much more…

The session will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott (the same location as the NADO & DDAA Washington Conference) and includes lunch.

The final agenda is available here.

Code of Conduct Policy

During this conference participants are expected to maintain a professional environment. Discrimination, harassment, and conduct that can be considered unprofessional, disruptive, inappropriate, or discourteous will not be tolerated. To view the interim code of conduct policy adopted by the NADO Executive Committee in March 2023, click here.

Registration Rates

  • DDAA Member: $485.00
  • DDAA Member's Spouse/Guest: $210
  • NADO Member (Non-DDAA): $550.00 (Associate, General), $485.00 (All other upgraded levels)
  • NADO Members' Spouse/Guest: $210.00
  • Non-Member: $685.00
  • Non-Members' Spouse/Guest: $210.00

Click here to register for the conference. 

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

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About the Hotel

Crystal Gateway Marriott provides the perfect home base for your visit to the Washington, D.C. area. Ideally located in Arlington, VA, this hotel is near Reagan National Airport (DCA) and the Crystal City Metro. The exciting new National Landing development is close by, as are Pentagon City; downtown Washington D.C. and Old Town Alexandria. Stylishly refreshed hotel accommodations showcase deluxe bedding, Smart TVs, walk-in showers and city views.

The hotel room block at the conference hotel, the Crystal Gateway Marriott, for the 2023 NADO & DDAA Washington Conference is full. 

  • If you do not have a room and are in need of one, please contact Brittany Salazar by email [email protected]
  • If you have reserved a room(s) that you will not need, please do not cancel your reservations. Instead, contact Brittany Salazar directly and she will make your room available for conference attendees on the waiting list.

Room Rate

$199 (weekend)/ $274 (weekday) +tax

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

When to Arrive

Conference content will begin on the morning of Sunday 3/12 for NADO Executive Committee members, NADO Board members, NADO Research Foundation Advisory Committee Members, and DDAA Board Members. On Sunday 3/12 in the evening, there is an opening reception held for all NADO members, and a dinner held for DDAA members. Conference plenary and breakout sessions begin at 9am ET on Monday 3/13 and continue through 12pm ET on Wednesday 3/15. A post-conference training for the EDD Community of Practice will be held on Wednesday afternoon from 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at the conference hotel.  

Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Richmond Highway, Arlington, Virginia, USA, 22202

Tel: +1 703-920-3230


Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Distance From Property: 2 Miles
Phone Number: +1 703-417-8000
Airport Shuttle: Complimentary
Alternate Airport Transportation: Airport Shuttle Service runs 5am to midnight every 30 min. Last hotel departure at 11:30pm.

Washington Dulles International Airport
Distance From Property: 27 Miles
Phone Number: +1 703-572-2700
Alternate Airport Transportation: Washington Flyer

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
Distance From Property: 37 Miles
Phone Number: +1 410-859-7111
Alternate Airport Transportation: Super Shuttle


Other Transportation

On-Property (conference hotel):
Onsite Car Rental Company: Hertz

StartEndLineImpactStations ClosedWork Performed
Nov 6 , 2022May 31 , 2023Yellow lineShutdown between Pentagon and L'Enfant Plaza. No Yellow Line service. Stations will be served by Green and Blue lines.NoneYellow Line Bridge and Tunnel Rehabilitation Project

2023 NADO & DDAA Washington Conference Agenda

Updated Conference Agenda Available  

Click here to view the latest conference agenda. Session topics include:

  • Latest news and funding opportunities from federal agencies
  • Recent trends in regional economic development
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Advocacy
  • Broadband 
  • GIS mapping
  • Infrastructure and energy
  • Workforce development
  • Entrepreneurship and tech sector jobs
  • Tourism and economic development
  • Climate Smart Municipalities 

And much more…

NADO on the Hill

Attendees are encouraged to spend time on Capitol Hill educating your members of Congress about your work. Hill meetings are self-directed. If you need help securing contact information for Hill staffers and schedulers, please contact Jamie McCormick at [email protected]

Please note that only the Senate will be in session during the week of March 13, 2023, but this window of time still lends a valuable opportunity to meet with Hill staffers in both Senate and House offices. To view the 2023 Congressional Calendar, click here.  


Please send speaker inquiries to Mirielle Burgoyne.


Presentations will be made available after the conference.

Promote your business at the Washington Conference!

We are seeking potential sponsors to help support and elevate the NADO & DDAA Washington Conference!

Take advantage of this opportunity to get your company’s name and message in front of our conference attendees from organizations across the country that collectively assist thousands of cities and counties with community development, economic development, regional planning, and providing various public services to their communities. 

The Washington Conference is NADO’s policy meeting which overlaps with DDAA’s Annual Conference and brings in an expected audience size of roughly 400 attendees, including many federal government officials. These decision makers could be the perfect audience to provide information to and about your company's products and services.

View our Sponsorship Brochure which outlines the various levels of support you can choose from. If you do not see an option that fits your needs/budget, we are happy to work with you to create a customized package to guarantee the best value for your contribution and ensure the partnership is mutually beneficial. 

Feel free to fill out and return the sponsor form (page 4 of brochure) to confirm your spot as an official 2023 NADO & DDAA Washington Conference Sponsor!

Contact Brittany Salazar at [email protected] for more information about sponsorships.

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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 and will receive the printed award certificates and other hardcopy materials should the project win an award.

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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Content Questions Form

Registration Questions Form

Hotel Questions Form

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.

Contact Danny Tomares

Contact Dion Thompson-Davoli

Contact Ciara Ristig

Contact Bret Allphin

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Contact Carrie Kissel

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Contact Jamie McCormick

Contact Joe McKinney

Contact Krystal De Leon

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