Organizational Capacity and Professional Development

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

  • 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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  • 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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  • A Primer on OMB’s “Uniform Guidance” for Federal Awards

    Posted on: November 3rd, 2015 by Carrie Kissel

    New Office of Management and Budget guidelines will impact every organization that receives U.S. federal grant funds. This presentation by Bob Lloyd of Robert Lloyd Consulting Services during the 2015 NADO Annual Training Conference walks through the major components of...

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  • Preparing for Your Annual Audit

    Posted on: November 3rd, 2015 by Carrie Kissel

    During NADO’s 2015 Annual Training Conference, Bob Lloyd of Robert Lloyd Consulting Services delivered the presentation “Preparing for Your Annual Audit.” Your annual audit doesn’t have to be the most dreaded event of the year. Get a sense of...

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