Equity & Inclusion

  • [Session Summary]: “Strengthening Regions through Equity and Economic Inclusion Strategies”

    Posted on: April 19th, 2022 by Brett Schwartz

    In March 2022, the NADO Research Foundation (NADO RF) hosted the session “Strengthening Regions through Equity and Economic Inclusion Strategies” as part of the NADO Washington Conference.  Delivered in support of the New Growth Innovation Network’s Inclusive Recovery Initiative...

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  • [Webinar Recording]: Supporting Inclusive Economic Development in EDD’s COVID-19 Recovery

    Posted on: May 20th, 2021 by Brett Schwartz

    Recently, the US Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced a new project funding New Growth Innovation Network (NGIN) and sub-awardee NADO Research Foundation (NADO RF) to promote inclusive growth strategies for the national network of Economic Development Districts (EDDs).  This...

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  • Equity Resources for Economic Development & Planning

    Posted on: July 15th, 2020 by Carrie Kissel

    This page represents the collection of resources and practices related to equity and inclusion gathered and shared in response to member requests, as well as other resources shared with NADO by federal agencies and other partners. RDOs, their leadership, their...

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  • The Wachusett Station Smart Growth Corridor Plan: A Case Study on Engaging Underrepresented Communities

    Posted on: December 18th, 2013 by Brett Schwartz

    Targeted engagement with underrepresented and diverse communities can be a critical strategy for developing an effective and authentic neighborhood or regional plan. This NADO Research Foundation case study highlights the efforts of the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) to ensure an...

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  • Youth with a Voice (Biddeford, Maine)

    Posted on: April 29th, 2013 by Brett Schwartz

    Biddeford, Maine’s 2011 Downtown Master Plan includes the words “youth” or “students” 157 times over its 217 pages.  This was not an accident, but rather a demonstration of this New England mill town’s strong commitment to including young people and...

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  • Youth Storytelling and Community Engagement in Biddeford, ME

    Posted on: April 29th, 2013 by Brett Schwartz

    An Inclusive-Planning Process  In 2008, the City of Biddeford began a new chapter in its vibrant history when it entered into a partnership with the Orton Family Foundation to develop a Downtown Master Plan.  The Orton Family Foundation is...

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  • Lessons Learned: Biddeford, ME

    Posted on: April 29th, 2013 by Brett Schwartz

    Engaging students in community development work is (much like teaching) more of an art form than a science.  Teens’ schedules, needs, interests, and motivations for participating in the public process are often different than adults.  Coordinators therefore should be flexible...

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  • Student Voices: Tom Laverriere (Biddeford, ME)

    Posted on: April 29th, 2013 by Brett Schwartz

    This interview is part of NADO’s “Youth with a Voice” case studies series, which highlights small towns and rural communities that are effectively engaging young people in planning and community development projects. Tom Laverriere is a senior at Biddeford High School....

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  • Webinar Materials: Addressing Equity and Rural Poverty

    Posted on: April 17th, 2013 by Brett Schwartz

    On April 16, NADO and PolicyLink co-hosted the webinar “Addressing Equity and Rural Poverty:  The View from the Ground.” The presentation highlighted the opportunities and challenges small towns and rural communities face in combating poverty and promoting inclusive economic development....

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