Regional and Community Planning

Find tools to assist planners, economic development practitioners and those interested in sustainable development initiatives

  • Save the Date! An Afternoon with the CEDS (March 20)

    Posted on: December 11th, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    The NADO Research Foundation (http://www NULL.nado NULL.org/) is excited to announce the second annual “An Afternoon with the CEDS” workshop, a half-day, interactive training event on March 20, 2019 in Arlington, VA immediately following NADO and DDAA’s Washington Policy Conference. ...

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  • “RDOs: Supporting Water Infrastructure & Improving Quality of Life” Webinar Recording

    Posted on: November 26th, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    Every day, regional development organizations (RDOs) are working to improve the lives of residents in communities across the country. Known locally as councils of governments, regional planning commissions, economic development districts, and other names, RDOs provide various types of support...

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  • “Strategies to Support Economic Diversification” Webinar Tutorial

    Posted on: November 13th, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    Planning for economic diversification is an important undertaking to explore through your Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (http://www NULL.cedscentral NULL.com).  Too many places throughout the country and the world have built economies around a single sector or industry, leaving them vulnerable...

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  • “Moving the CEDS Forward: Communication and Collaboration” Webinar Tutorial

    Posted on: August 21st, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    After your organization has put so much time and effort into developing the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) (http://www NULL.cedscentral NULL.com), the last thing you want is for no one to know about it! This 20-minute webinar lecture features key...

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  • RDOs: Supporting Water Infrastructure and Improving Quality of Life

    Posted on: August 7th, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    Every day, regional development organizations (RDOs) are working to improve the lives of residents in communities across the country.  Known locally as councils of governments, regional planning commissions, economic development districts, and other names, RDOs provide various types of support...

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  • Madelia Strong: A Case Study in Economic Resilience

    Posted on: July 19th, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    On February 3, 2016, a fire swept through Madelia, MN’s Main Street in the middle of a snowstorm, destroying nine businesses. Today, recovery in the city continues. With more than $250,000 in local support, all eight buildings have been rebuilt,...

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  • CEDS Spotlight: Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region

    Posted on: May 24th, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) has the potential to be a true road map that brings together many voices from your region to form a common vision for economic prosperity and resilience.  Through the CEDS Spotlight case studies series,...

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  • [Webinar Recording]: Getting the Most Out of StatsAmerica to Enhance Your CEDS

    Posted on: May 22nd, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    A foundational element of every impactful Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) (http://www NULL.cedscentral NULL.com) is the effective use of accurate and relevant data. The right data can make all the difference when planning, writing, implementing, and benchmarking your CEDS. It...

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  • “An Afternoon with the CEDS” Workshop Materials

    Posted on: March 26th, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    Staff from over 25 Economic Development Districts from across the country came together in Arlington, Virginia for “An Afternoon with the CEDS” on March 21.  This workshop provided training on innovative approaches to Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) (http://www NULL.eda...

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  • “Leading the Way on Resilience” Animated Video

    Posted on: March 7th, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    The NADO Research Foundation (NADO RF) has released a short, animated video that highlights the multiple roles that regional development organizations (RDOs) play in fostering and strengthening resilience in their regions.  Because no part of the country is immune from...

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