Regional Planning

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

  • 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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  • “CEDS Fundamentals” Webinar Tutorial

    Posted on: January 30th, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    This tutorial provides an introduction to the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), discusses key elements of the CEDS, and covers information about engagement, implementation, and other resources to support your organization during the CEDS process. This presentation is designed...

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  • Recording Now Available for SWOT and Resilience Webinar

    Posted on: January 18th, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    A SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) Analysis allows for a region to come together to perform a “status check” and answer the question “Where are we now?” in terms of competitive advantages and disadvantages.  One of the four required sections...

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  • “Incorporating Resilience into the CEDS” Webinar Tutorial

    Posted on: January 9th, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    Resilience planning provides a very workable framework to support building strong and prosperous communities and regions.  This 20-minute webinar lecture covers the ins and outs of economic resilience, what it means, why it matters, and how best to incorporate resilience into...

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  • CEDS Spotlight: Southeastern Montana Development Corporation

    Posted on: January 2nd, 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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  • CEDS Spotlight: Mid-Region New Mexico Council of Governments

    Posted on: November 6th, 2017 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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  • Newsletter Archive: Growing Stronger Economies in Our Nation’s Coal Communities [Updated bi-weekly]

    Posted on: November 1st, 2017 by Brett Schwartz

    This newsletter contains information about economic diversification, funding opportunities, and upcoming events to improve economic development and quality of life in coal communities across the country.

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  • CEDS Spotlight: Southeast Conference

    Posted on: October 18th, 2017 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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  • “Resilience: The New Normal” Animated Video

    Posted on: July 19th, 2017 by Brett Schwartz

    The NADO Research Foundation (NADO RF) has created a short, animated video to explain the basic concepts of economic resilience and its connection to regional economic development.  The video was designed for a mix of audiences and to be shared...

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