Organizational Capacity and Professional Development

Here you will find resources for maximizing your organization’s potential both operationally and strategically

  • 2018 Professional Development Webinar Series

    Posted on: May 3rd, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    The NADO Research Foundation is pleased to announce the 2018 Professional Development Webinar Series, scheduled to run from May through November. These webinars will provide an in-depth look at the latest news and trends affecting regional development organization management, staffing,...

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  • NADO Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary With a Highly Successful Annual Training Conference in Anchorage

    Posted on: September 22nd, 2017 by Brett Schwartz

    NADO marked its 50th Anniversary by hosting the 2017 Annual Training Conference in Anchorage, AK on September 9 – 12, 2017.  Over 500 attendees, representing 38 states and the District of Columbia, came together to learn, share best practices, network,...

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  • CEDS Outreach & Communication Materials for EDDs

    Posted on: May 31st, 2017 by Brett Schwartz

    How well is your organization communicating to its stakeholders about what the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is and how it supports your region?  The most effective CEDS are ones developed with the input, creativity, and enthusiasm of a wide...

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  • Economic Development District Training Program Graduates 10 Participants: Pilot Program Serves Five-State EDA Southwest Region

    Posted on: November 3rd, 2016 by Brett Schwartz

    2016 EDA Austin Emerging Leaders Class, left to right: Kyle Ingham, Panhandle RPC (TX); Michael Ryburn, South Western Oklahoma Development District; Jorge Ayala, EDA Austin; Vickie Williamson, Ark-Tex COG (TX); Evan Williams, Northwest New Mexico COG; Ron Garza, Lower Rio...

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  • It’s a Wrap! 2016 NADO Annual Training Conference

    Posted on: October 28th, 2016 by Brett Schwartz

    With over 600 attendees from 40 states and the District of Columbia representing 188 organizations and two federal agencies, the 2016 Annual Training Conference: Taking a Stand for Regional Development had a broad range of economic development practitioners, planners, and...

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  • Organizational Leadership Briefs for Executive Directors

    Posted on: October 11th, 2016 by Brett Schwartz

                Regional development organizations are called upon to serve various functions for their constituents, providing communities with a host of services, resources, data, and other information.  They work every day to support prosperous communities, forge...

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  • Tapping the Unique Power of Story and Narrative

    Posted on: November 10th, 2015 by Brett Schwartz

    This closing plenary session at NADO’s 2015 Annual Training Conference explored how narrative and storytelling can motivate your audiences and advance your cause and mission as a regional development organization.  It covered the elements of a good story—whether in a...

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  • Learning Lab: Claiming and Sharing Your Region’s Stories

    Posted on: November 10th, 2015 by Brett Schwartz

    This hands-on learning lab at NADO’s 2015 Annual Training Conference offered strategies and tools for gathering and telling your own stories in compelling ways and explored the power of sharing your story utilizing local voices and language.  Methods and tools...

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  • Strategies for Exceptional Board Governance

    Posted on: November 10th, 2015 by Carrie Kissel

    Today’s RDO board member typically wears many hats. In addition to serving as an elected official, running a local business, leading a nonprofit organization, overseeing an educational institution, or a combination of some of these vocations, they are also charged...

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  • Preparing for the Future: Early Career Executive Directors/Assistant Directors

    Posted on: November 10th, 2015 by Carrie Kissel

    NADO’s research has shown a trend in executive director retirements, which is not too surprising given the sheer number of baby boomers that are considering retirement in the near future. As today’s executive directors start to plan for their departure...

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