Regional Planning

Find tools to assist planners, economic development practitioners and those interested in sustainable development initiatives

  • RDOs: Supporting Water Infrastructure and Improving Quality of Life

    Posted on: August 7th, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    Every day, regional development organizations (RDOs) are working to improve the lives of residents in communities across the country.  Known locally as councils of governments, regional planning commissions, economic development districts, and other names, RDOs provide various types of support...

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  • RDOs: Supporting Water Infrastructure and Improving Quality of Life

    Posted on: August 7th, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    Every day, regional development organizations (RDOs) are working to improve the lives of residents in communities across the country.  Known locally as councils of governments, regional planning commissions, economic development districts, and other names, RDOs provide various types of support...

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  • Madelia Strong: A Case Study in Economic Resilience

    Posted on: July 19th, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    On February 3, 2016, a fire swept through Madelia, MN’s Main Street in the middle of a snowstorm, destroying nine businesses. Today, recovery in the city continues. With more than $250,000 in local support, all eight buildings have been rebuilt,...

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  • CEDS Spotlight: Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region

    Posted on: May 24th, 2018 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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  • [Webinar Recording]: Getting the Most Out of StatsAmerica to Enhance Your CEDS

    Posted on: May 22nd, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    A foundational element of every impactful Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is the effective use of accurate and relevant data. The right data can make all the difference when planning, writing, implementing, and benchmarking your CEDS. It also helps tell...

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  • “An Afternoon with the CEDS” Workshop Materials

    Posted on: March 26th, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    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...

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  • CEDS Central

    Posted on: March 9th, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    CEDS Central is home to the NADO Research Foundation's CEDS training materials, all in one convenient spot. These materials include reports, case studies, videos, webinars, and more on planning, developing, and implementing the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

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  • “Leading the Way on Resilience” Animated Video

    Posted on: March 7th, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    The NADO Research Foundation (NADO RF) has released a short, animated video that highlights the multiple roles that regional development organizations (RDOs) play in fostering and strengthening resilience in their regions.  Because no part of the country is immune from...

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  • Webinar Briefing: Strengthening Economies in Our Nation’s Coal-Reliant Communities

    Posted on: February 8th, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    Despite the challenges caused by the decline in the coal industry and its effect on local communities, there is a powerful movement underway across the country as coal-reliant regions seek to change their fortunes through economic diversification.  With funding from...

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  • Integrating Economic Resilience in Performance-based Transportation Planning

    Posted on: February 2nd, 2018 by Carrie Kissel

    Using information from dozens of regional planning and development organizations and their partners, the report suggests a framework for considering economic resilience and the input of economic development stakeholders throughout a performance-based planning process.

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