Hilton Cleveland Downtown
100 Lakeside Avenue East, Cleveland, OH 44114
ATC 2023 will offer attendees many networking and learning opportunities:
The NADO Annual Conference is a highly anticipated event that brings together industry leaders, policymakers, and professionals from across the country to explore new ideas, share best practices, and discuss emerging trends in community and economic development. This year's conference promises to be even more exciting as we will be in heart of Downtown Cleveland. The Rocket Mortgage Field House, Playhouse Square, and East 4th Street are located within a mile of the conference location.
Registration is now open for the 2023 NADO Annual Training Conference! Click the below link to register.
See registration rates below. Email Karron Grant, [email protected], for assistance registering your group, to register NADO member complimentary spouse/guest registrations (to see if your membership level has complimentary ATC guest registrations click here), and with registration questions.
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Associate & General
Partner & Sustaining
Platinum & Platinum Plus
Registrants who cancel their registrations by October 31st, 2023, will receive a refund minus a $150 administrative fee.
Hilton Cleveland Downtown is located in the heart of the city with the Rocket Mortgage Field House, Playhouse Square, and East 4th Street within a mile radius. The hotel is also connected to the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. There is an indoor pool, fitness center, and a top-floor bar with views of Lake Erie.
Or call the hotel directly at 216-413-5000 and choose option 1 to book over the phone. Please be sure to mention booking code NADO23 to receive the discounted rate.
*This rate is guaranteed until October 6, 2023. After this date, rooms and rates are subject to availability. Additionally, this rate applies only until our reserved room block is full, which could happen prior to October 6,2023. We recommend making your reservation as soon as possible to secure this rate.*
Hilton Cleveland Downtown is located about 20 minutes from the Cleveland airport.
5300 Riverside Dr, Cleveland, OH 44135
This agenda is as of September 15, 2023. It will be updated regularly. Please note sessions are subject to change.
*Mobile workshops require an additional fee and are limited in size. Information about registering for them is in the "Mobile Workshops" tab.
NADO is pleased to offer 7 mobile workshops this year. All conference attendees can attend a mobile workshop, but pre-registration is required and there is an additional fee to attend them. Please note there is limited space on the mobiles and mobile workshop registration fees are non-refundable.
We will maintain a wait list for each mobile workshop as necessary. Check in at the conference registration desk at the hotel to determine if you will be able to attend if you are on the waitlist.
12:30 – 4:00 pm | Tackling Community Revitalization through Brownfields Redevelopment
Join the Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) team and other subject matter experts for a training session and mobile tour to learn more about how regional organizations are tackling community revitalization through brownfields redevelopment. First, a session at the conference hotel will include a case study on brownfields redevelopment in multi-county jurisdictions and two hot topics: deploying clean energy (typically solar) on brownfields and community planning for the decommissioning of coal-fired plant redevelopment. The hotel portion of the session will be from 12:30 until 1:45 p.m.
Following the presentation, hop on the bus tour to explore various brownfields sites in downtown Cleveland from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. The sites include the Flats District, (a former riverfront industrial site, now redeveloped with housing, hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues, and more), the Cleveland Port Authority – Confined Disposal Facilities #10 and #12 (the location of testing to reuse river sediments in an environmentally safe manner for beach nourishment, clean fill, and soil for brownfield projects), and a former Cleveland School District building (redeveloped as the Drury Plaza Hotel using federal and state historic tax credits). Please plan to have lunch before the session begins.
1:45 – 4:15 pm | Evergreen Cooperative Laundry (sponsored by Ohio Employee Ownership Center at Kent State University)
The Evergreen Cooperatives of Cleveland have become a global innovation model for creating more sustainable regional economies. Over 280 local residents earn an ownership stake as they create thriving businesses, while playing a transformational role in building vibrant neighborhoods. The Evergreen Cooperatives showcase a local ownership and control model consistent with the wealth creation framework for economic development, across a variety of sectors, including laundry services, food systems, renewable energy, manufacturing, etc. Join us for this mobile tour to learn more about the history, social mission and employee ownership model of the Evergreen Cooperatives while visiting the Evergreen Laundry operation in action. You’ll have an opportunity to learn more from employee owners about their experience and what being an employee owner has meant to them. Evergreen’s portfolio is diverse, providing insights into supply chain diversification and protection, keeping wealth local, and connecting with anchor institutions.
1:45pm – 4:15pm | Ohio City and West Side Market Tour - SOLD OUT (waitlist available)
Join this tour for a multi-faceted view of the Ohio City Neighborhood! Begin with a tour of the neighborhood provided by Ohio City Incorporated, the community development corporation responsible for preserving, promoting, and developing the Ohio City Neighborhood. Next, you’ll visit Refugee Response, an organization formed to help refugees adjust to life in Northeast Ohio that currently supports over 700 refugees each year, providing opportunities for hundreds of Clevelanders to mentor and volunteer. The tour will end at the West Side Market, a large indoor market with 100 local vendor stalls offering meats, seafood, fruits, vegetables, baked goods, dairy, flowers, ready-to-eat foods, spices, and nuts, that has been in operation since 1840. You’ll hear the story of the market and have some time to shop before heading back to the conference.
9:15 – 11:45 am | Rid-All Green Partnership
Three high school friends turned an empty and forgotten lot in the Kinsman neighborhood into a 18-acre urban farm where they grow produce to bring healthy, local food to area institutions, engage the community, and maintain diverse revenue streams. The Rid-All Green Partnership features a wide array of programming including a culinary kitchen, farmer’s market and restaurant facility, youth and veteran training programs, aquaponics, composting, tree nursery, and more. The Partnership also developed a 5-month Community Urban Agriculture training program, which includes a focus on entrepreneurship. Join the tour to learn more about this incredible story, how it has positively impacted the surrounding neighborhood, and why “every community deserves a Rid-All farm.”
9:15 – 11:45 am
The Story of Midtown
This tour will visit the Midtown neighborhood, where you’ll learn about the transformative work taking place there to develop a dynamic neighborhood. The tour will be hosted at MAGNET, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping small and medium-sized manufacturers increase sales, create jobs and generate cost savings through technological innovation, workforce training, and improved management practices. Staff from the Cleveland Foundation and the Midtown Community Development Corporation will join to tour to share about their work, the history of the neighborhood, and its exciting future development plans. Expect to hear about how they are building partnerships, creating a sense of ‘place’ and much more!
1:45 – 4:00 p.m. | Renewable Energy and Microgrid Projects
Visit and learn from innovative energy projects across the Cleveland region led by Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability. In the working-class suburb of Brooklyn, Ohio, the department worked with municipal officials to install 4 MW in solar panels on top of a 17-acre former landfill site, which powers local government buildings at an estimated $3 million in energy savings. To support residential solar, the county has launched solar co-op programs designed to use group buying power to obtain discounted prices, including a pilot project geared toward low-to-moderate income homeowners. Cuyahoga County is also seeking to become a microgrid hub and developed its own county-run utility, which is working to develop energy storage and microgrid projects to support resilient energy operations during hazard events.
1:45 – 4:00 pm | EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute
Learn how one man’s belief that everyone, despite their past, should be given the opportunity to have a fair and equal future evolved into a successful model for vocational training. EDWINS provides training in the restaurant and hospitality industries to formerly incarcerated adults. Students are also provided free housing, legal services, medical care, clothing, literacy programs and more throughout the program. Students work at EDWINS restaurant, butcher shop, and bakery.
As a sponsor, you will also get a cost-effective opportunity to market products and services to a diverse network of local elected officials, city managers, regional council staff and development professionals in our conference exhibit area. Your sponsorship will allow you to attend conference meals and events, providing you with maximum opportunities to meet face-to-face with potential clients.
Click here to view 2023 Sponsorship details.
If you are a NADO member, click here for 2023 Sponsorship details.
The registration form for Exhibitors can be found here.
Presentations will be made available after the conference.
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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.