Regional Development

Find resources on economic development planning, engagement, and sample Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) documents.

  • RDO COVID-19 Resource Center

    Posted on: March 20th, 2020 by Brett Schwartz

    (Last updated February 12, 2021) As we adjust to life with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, NADO and NADO Research Foundation staff are working to advocate on your behalf, connect you with each other, and collect the latest information and best...

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  • “CEDS in Action” Case Studies Series

    Posted on: March 13th, 2020 by Brett Schwartz

    The goal of the CEDS process is not just to create an accessible, well-researched, and engaging planning document – though that’s really important!  It is ultimately meant to encourage action and create the space for impactful initiatives to emerge that meet the...

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  • Data Deep Dive Webinar Series Recordings

    Posted on: February 20th, 2020 by Brett Schwartz

    To reach its full potential, a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) should be grounded in accurate and accessible data that facilitates a region-wide conversation about economic development.  Without a solid understanding of key metrics, trends, demographics, and more, a region...

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  • [Webinar Recording]: CEDS Content Guidelines Update for Opportunity Zones

    Posted on: February 12th, 2020 by Brett Schwartz

    In January 2020, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) updated its Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) Content Guidelines to help communities across America maximize their ability to attract investment to Opportunity Zones. These new recommendations outline how communities can further...

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  • [Webinar Recording]: Lessons Learned from Coal Communities Across The Country

    Posted on: November 22nd, 2019 by Brett Schwartz

    As communities and regions across the country address the impacts caused by the downturn in the coal industry, places that are actively pursuing economic diversification opportunities have become better positioned to take on the challenges that lie ahead. This recording...

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  • [Webinar Recording]: Creating CEDS and Other Plans that People Want to Read!

    Posted on: September 20th, 2019 by Brett Schwartz

    This webinar with the NADO Research Foundation and Formation PR + Brand shared tools and techniques that you can use to incorporate eye-catching and informative messaging, design, and imagery into your CEDS and other plans.  During this recording, learn how...

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  • CEDS Spotlight: Merrimack Valley Planning Commission

    Posted on: July 8th, 2019 by Brett Schwartz

    The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) has the potential to be a true road map that brings together many voices from your region to form a common vision for economic prosperity and resilience.  Through the CEDS Spotlight case studies series,...

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  • “Lifting Up Communities through Economic Diversification” Presentations

    Posted on: March 26th, 2019 by Brett Schwartz

    One of the ways to become a more resilient region is through economic diversification.  Too many places throughout the country and the world have built economies around a single sector or industry, leaving them vulnerable to both immediate shocks and...

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  • “Afternoon with the CEDS” Workshop Materials

    Posted on: March 25th, 2019 by Brett Schwartz

    Over 50 participants from across the country came together in Arlington, Virginia for the second annual “An Afternoon with the CEDS” workshop on March 20, 2019.  This workshop provided training on innovative approaches to Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) planning...

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