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  • Congress Approves Two-Week Surface Transportation Extension

    Posted on: November 20th, 2015 by NADO Admin

    This week, the House and Senate both approved a two-week extension of surface transportation programs.  The current extension expires today (November 20) and additional time is needed for House and Senate conferees to reach agreement on a final surface transportation...

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  • Weathering Economic Downturns: The Importance of Diversifying the Regional Economy

    Posted on: November 12th, 2015 by Sara James

    Often, we’ve seen regions suffering from the downturn of an industry or sector that they were overly reliant upon.  Currently, many communities are grappling with the contraction of the coal industry and identifying wats to rething economic investments and prioritize...

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  • The RDO’s Role in Cultivating Healthy Communities

    Posted on: November 12th, 2015 by Sara James

    Fostering regional quality of life begins with health.  Whether it’s working to eradicate food deserts, developing parks, trails, and other opportunities for recreation, or supporting specialized community health initiatives, RDOs are able to build the necessary partnerships and programs to...

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  • A Win-Win-Win: Collaborating Across Jurisdictional Boundaries

    Posted on: November 12th, 2015 by Sara James

    It’s a common fact that many planning and development issues don’t adhere to geographic or jurisdictional boundaries.  As a result, many regional development organizations (RDOs) are recognizing the need to collaborate with neighboring organizations and even across state lines.  Panelists...

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  • Developing a Brand: Tools for Marketing Your Region

    Posted on: November 12th, 2015 by Sara James

    In today’s world of virtual and visual information, regional development organizations (RDOs) have the opportunity to harness technology to better tell their story.  At NADO’s Annual Training Conference, the presenters in this session showcased ways in which RDOs can develop...

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  • Learning Lab: Building Economic Resilience – One Business at a Time

    Posted on: November 12th, 2015 by Sara James

    Regional Development Organizations can play a critical role in strengthening the economic resilience of a region by helping small and medium-sized businesses be better prepared to withstand and bounce back from disasters.  At NADO’s Annual Training Conference, this learning lab...

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  • Maximizing Your CEDS: Aligning Your CEDS with Other Planning Initiatives

    Posted on: November 12th, 2015 by Sara James

    A growing number of RDOs are looking at ways to better align the various plans they are required to do, resulting in more cohesive and coordinated programs and services delivery mechanisms.  This session at NADO’s Annual Training Conference provided attendees...

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  • Concurrent Session: Making Main Street Work: Case Studies in Downtown Redevelopment

    Posted on: November 10th, 2015 by Brett Schwartz

    Across the country, small towns are rediscovering and reclaiming their main streets and downtowns by pursuing innovative community and economic development projects.  Once-abandoned sidewalks, storefronts, and plazas are now bustling with activity as residents find their way back downtown, again...

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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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  • Concurrent Session: Changing Faces, Changing Places: Demographic Shifts in Small Towns and Rural Regions

    Posted on: November 10th, 2015 by Brett Schwartz

    Regions across rural America are experiencing demographic shifts that are impacting communities in a variety of ways.  Youth outmigration, aging residents, the arrival of new immigrant populations, and in some places the in-migration of young families are changing the face...

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