Regional and Community Planning

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

  • The Wachusett Station Smart Growth Corridor Plan: A Case Study on Engaging Underrepresented Communities

    Posted on: December 18th, 2013 by Brett Schwartz

    Targeted engagement with underrepresented and diverse communities can be a critical strategy for developing an effective and authentic neighborhood or regional plan. This NADO Research Foundation case study highlights the efforts of the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) (http://www NULL.mrpc...

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  • East Central Iowa: On-the-Ground Assistance and Business Loans Support Recovery and Economic Competitiveness

    Posted on: November 7th, 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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  • Webinar Materials: Strategic Prioritization in North Carolina

    Posted on: October 31st, 2013 by Brett Schwartz

    The NADO Research Foundation held a free webinar “Strategic Prioritization in North Carolina” on Wednesday, October 30, 2 – 3:30 p.m. EST,  which addressed North Carolina’s experiences developing a data-driven transportation project prioritization process.  Attendees also heard an update from...

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  • 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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