Regional and Community Planning

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

  • NADO Members Receive Make It in America Challenge and Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Grants

    Posted on: October 29th, 2013 by NADO Admin

    On October 22, the U.S. Department of Commerce (http://www NULL.commerce NULL.gov/) announced the 10 winners (http://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/challenges/MakeItInAmerica/winners NULL.htm) of the $20.5 million Make it in America Challenge (http://www NULL.commerce NULL.gov/news/press-releases/2012/09/25/obama-administration-announces-40-million-initiative-challenge-busine). The program’s goal is to accelerate job creation and...

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  • New Report Features Small Towns Implementing Innovative Sustainability Policies

    Posted on: October 18th, 2013 by Brett Schwartz

    (http://icma NULL.org/Documents/Document/Document/305454)A new ICMA report (http://icma NULL.org/Documents/Document/Document/305454), written with the support of the NADO Research Foundation through its Sustainable Communities capacity building grant from HUD, features seven brief case studies of small municipalities that have implemented various innovative sustainability policies. ...

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  • Southwest Arkansas: Promoting Disaster Resilience and Recovery through Better Data

    Posted on: October 2nd, 2013 by Megan McConville

    This case study is part of a series produced by the NADO Research Foundation exploring how regional development organizations[1] have used 2008 disaster recovery funds from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to address the impacts of natural disasters, become...

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  • NADO Co-Hosts Forum on Regional Innovation in Rural America with USDA and White House Rural Council

    Posted on: September 27th, 2013 by Brett Schwartz

    USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack addresses participants at the opening plenary of the Forum on Regional Innovation in Rural America, Washington, DC, September 18. Photo credit: USDA On September 18 and 19 in Washington, DC, NADO co-hosted the Forum on Regional...

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  • Smart Location Database | Smart Growth | US EPA

    Posted on: September 12th, 2013 by Carrie Kissel

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities has released the Smart Location Database (http://www NULL.epa NULL.gov/smartgrowth/smartlocationdatabase NULL.htm) as a resource to analyze location efficiency and the built environment. It includes over 90 variables characterizing the built environment, transit...

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  • Cloud–Based Project Management and Information Exchange

    Posted on: September 10th, 2013 by Alexandria Murnan

    This session occurred on August 27, 2013 at the Annual Training Conference in San Francisco, CA. Participants stopped by this session to learn how regional councils are using technology to share information with their peers around the state, as well...

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  • WealthWorks 101

    Posted on: September 9th, 2013 by Alexandria Murnan

    This session occurred on August 27, 2013 at the Annual Training Conference in San Francisco, CA. Learn about the WealthWorks framework, which combines key elements of community and economic development to benefit people, firms, and places. The WealthWorks focus on...

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  • Making Jobs Accessible: Transit and Workforce

    Posted on: September 9th, 2013 by Alexandria Murnan

    This session occurred on August 26, 2013 at the Annual Training Conference in San Francisco, CA. Participants heard about the successful approaches regional councils are using to make jobs readily accessible through transit programs, and engaged in a dialogue about...

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  • Building Truly Resilient Communities, One Decision at a Time

    Posted on: September 9th, 2013 by Alexandria Murnan

    This session occurred on August 26, 2013 at the Annual Training Conference in San Francisco, CA. During this interactive tabletop exercise, participants learned about the value of building local, neighborhood-based relationships to promote community resilience and better prepare for disasters...

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  • Plenary Session: Regional Resilience in Action

    Posted on: September 9th, 2013 by Alexandria Murnan

    This session occurred on August 26, 2013 at the Annual Training Conference in San Francisco, CA. Celebrating the innovative work of NADO members, this fast-paced plenary showcased a number of projects that are making a difference across their regions. Presentations...

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