Stronger CEDS, Stronger Regions Economic Development Writing & Lecture Series

In the spring and fall of 2021, the NADO Research Foundation reached out to experts and thought leaders across the country to reflect on key issues and trends impacting the field of regional economic development.  The result is the Economic Development Writing and Lecture Series: ten issue briefs and accompanying short video lectures that address practical elements of doing economic development, current and emerging topics and themes, and broader commentary on the current state of economic development, especially in small metros and rural regions.

This series was designed specifically for Economic Development District (EDD) staff and leadership who maintain a CEDS, but should be of interest to a wider audience of practitioners, public and private funders, elected officials, students, and others working on economic and community development.  ​Though these briefs and videos highlight a wide variety of regional economic development issues, the themes of resilienceequity, and wealth creation flow through all of them.  This is in recognition that regions can only thrive when they are empowered to proactively plan for the future, are inclusive and welcoming to all residents, and leverage local assets to drive prosperity and resilience.

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Contact NADO Research Foundation Associate Director Brett Schwartz at [email protected] with any questions about the Economic Development Writing and Lecture Series.

These briefs and videos were published by the NADO Research Foundation using Federal funds under award ED17HDQ3030005 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Economic Development Administration or the 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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