“An Afternoon with the CEDS” 2018 Workshop Materials

Staff from over 25 Economic Development Districts from across the country came together in Arlington, Virginia for “An Afternoon with the CEDS” on March 21.  This workshop provided training on innovative approaches to Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) planning and implementation, an opportunity to share successes and best practices, and a collaborative space to trouble-shoot challenges in small groups.  Topics covered included stakeholder outreach, engaging with your CEDS committee, new platforms for disseminating the CEDS, plan alignment, and more.

The full agenda is available here.  For more information, contact NADO Associate Director Brett Schwartz at [email protected].  Additional CEDS training and resource materials are available at www.CEDSCentral.com.

Welcome / Introductions / Goal-setting
Brett Schwartz, Associate Director, NADO Research Foundation

CEDS Best Practice Snapshots
During these short presentations, EDD staff from across the country shared innovative and effective approaches to CEDS planning, outreach, and implementation.
Bret Allphin, Development Director, Buckeye Hills Regional Council (OH)
Kevin Byrd, Executive Director, New River Valley Regional Commission (VA)
Nicole Griensewic Mickelson, Executive Director, Region Nine Development Commission (MN)
Jeff Hagan, CEO, Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning & Development Commission (MI)
Sarah Thompson, Executive Director, Southwestern Commission (NC)

Stakeholder Engagement:  If You’re Not at the Table, You’re on the Menu 
Ensuring that you get the right people at the table is vital to building an effective CEDS. Even more important is keeping those stakeholders engaged, both during the planning process and through implementation. This session covered strategies for engaging stakeholders – including local elected officials – and how to ensure that you get buy-in from those in your region
Nathan Ohle, Executive Director, Rural Community Assistance Partnership, Washington, DC

Harnessing Data to Support Your CEDS  
Accessing, interpreting, and incorporating the right data are some of the most important tasks in writing an effective and compelling CEDS.  This presentation covers some of the latest free data tools from StatsAmerica available to support your work.
Carol Rogers, Deputy Director & CIO, Indiana Business Research Center, Indianapolis, IN

Peer Consulting and Problem Solving  
Tapping into the knowledge and expertise of all workshop attendees, participants served as both consultant and client in an interactive “Troika Consulting” session.  In groups of three, attendees shared challenges, problem-solved together, and discovered new approaches to strengthening their CEDS.
Brett Schwartz, Associate Director, NADO Research Foundation

staff from over 30 Economic Development Districts across the country came together in Arlington, Virginia for "An Afternoon with the CEDS."  This workshop provided training on approaches to CEDS planning and implementation, an opportunity to share successes and best practices, and a collaborative space to trouble-shoot challenges in small groups
Staff from over 25 Economic Development Districts across the country came together in Arlington, Virginia for “An Afternoon with the CEDS” workshop to discuss successes and challenges in planning and implementing the CEDS.

This workshop was organized as part of the NADO Research Foundation’s Stronger CEDS, Stronger Regions program, made possible through Federal funds under award ED17HDQ3030005 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

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Joe McKinney has served as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations since 2012. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Land of Sky Regional Council in Asheville, North Carolina from 2003 to 2012. Under his leadership, Land of Sky became recognized nationally for its innovation in program areas including planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, aging services, volunteer services, and geographic information systems. Joe has also held various other roles in city, county, association, and government management. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

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