Regional Economic Development

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

  • Taking your Workforce to the Next Level: Strategies to Support Worker Training

    Posted on: November 10th, 2015 by Brett Schwartz

    Developing the skills and competency of your region’s current workforce is an important element in meeting production demands and attracting additional investment and expansion.  At this session at NADO’s 2015 ATC, participants learned how regional development organizations are leveraging resources ...

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  • Brownfields: A Redevelopment Game Changer

    Posted on: November 10th, 2015 by Brett Schwartz

    Does your community have an abandoned building, old gas station, or other potentially contaminated site that is impeding your future growth? Are there properties in your community that could help revitalize a business district, provide community space, or host a...

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  • Learning Lab: Making Data Work for You and Your Communities

    Posted on: November 10th, 2015 by Brett Schwartz

    This session at NADO’s 2015 Annual Training Conference explored what free, open source data is available to you and your communities to make informed economic development, land use, and infrastructure decisions.  Participants learned how the East Arkansas Development District and...

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  • Learning Lab/Mobile Workshop – From Eye Sores to Eye Candy: Introduction to Brownfields

    Posted on: November 10th, 2015 by Brett Schwartz

    This session at NADO’s Annual Training Conference, led by EPA-designated Technical Assistance to Brownfield Communities (TAB) providers, helped attendees identify the causes and effects of brownfields sites and build community capacity to compete for funding, identify possible brownfields opportunities, and...

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  • Regional Renaissance in Action: Re-building, Re-branding, Re-energizing the Gulf Coast

    Posted on: November 10th, 2015 by Carrie Kissel

    Throughout the past 10 years, New Orleans and the Gulf Coast have experienced major hurricanes, a devastating oil spill, and the impacts of a lagging national economy.  But the city and communities along the coast and across the Greater New...

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  • EDA’s Streamlined Application Process

    Posted on: November 9th, 2015 by Carrie Kissel

    During the 2015 NADO Annual Training Conference, Angela Belden Martinez and Nathan Ohle of the U.S. Economic Development Administration reviewed proposed changes to streamline the agency’s grant application process.  These changes are incorporated in the 2016 Federal Funding Opportunity...

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  • Economic Gardening: A New Tool Heping Businesses Grow and Expand

    Posted on: November 3rd, 2015 by Carrie Kissel

    During the 2015 NADO Annual Training Conference, attendees spent an afternoon learning about the concepts of Economic Gardening: a “grow from within” strategy that targets existing growth companies and helps them grow to the next level by providing vital...

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  • Strengthening Your SWOT and Building Wealth

    Posted on: November 2nd, 2015 by Carrie Kissel

    On Sunday, October 25 at the 2015 NADO Annual Training Conference, Barbara Wyckoff of Dynamica Consulting facilitated the workshop “Strengthening Your SWOT and Building Wealth.” The workshop introduced concepts of wealth creation as an economic development strategy and presented the...

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  • Planning for a More Resilient Future: A Guide to Regional Approaches

    Posted on: October 21st, 2015 by Brett Schwartz

    This report covers the rapidly-growing body of research on resilience, describing the main ideas that are driving policy and practice across the country and examining current thinking on regional and economic resilience.

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  • Congratulations to the 2015 NADO Photo Contest Winners!

    Posted on: October 15th, 2015 by Brett Schwartz

    The 2015 NADO Photo Contest saw 27 of our member organizations submit over 120 images that showcased what makes their regions great places to live, work, and play.  Images were judged in four categories:  Strengthening the Built and Natural Environments,...

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