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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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  • 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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