Regional and Community Planning

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

  • Webinar: Rural Coalition Building

    Posted on: February 24th, 2012 by Kathy Nothstine

    On February 23, 2012, NADO Research Foundation hosted a web-based discussion about rural coalition building. This webinar explored the unique challenges and opportunities affecting coalition building in rural and small town settings. The discussion covered such topics as building consortiums,...

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  • NADO Staff Address Sustainable Communities Initiative Working Group

    Posted on: December 16th, 2011 by Kathy Nothstine

    On Wednesday, December 7, NADO Associate Directors Carrie Kissel and Kathy Nothstine provided an update on NADO Research Foundation work to the Rural Implementation Group.  This working group was formed to implement the principles of the Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI)...

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  • New Partnership for Sustainable Communities Report: Supporting Sustainable Rural Communities

    Posted on: November 21st, 2011 by Kathy Nothstine

    The HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities and the USDA have released Supporting Sustainable Rural Communities (http://www NULL.epa NULL.htm#huddotepa), a report that discusses how the four agencies are collaborating to support rural communities. This publication highlights how small towns and...

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  • Regional Food Systems Infrastructure

    Posted on: October 5th, 2011 by Kathy Nothstine

    Regional Food Systems Infrastructure (PDF) Many regional development organizations (RDOs) and councils of governments are exploring how they can support regional food systems infrastructure. In recent years, an emphasis on eating locally grown food has flourished as many Americans have...

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  • Regional Approaches to Sustainable Development

    Posted on: September 29th, 2011 by Kathy Nothstine

    This report highlights the opportunities available to RDOs to undertake sustainable development initiatives using a systems-based approach and features case studies from California, Michigan, North Carolina, and Utah.

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  • Mobilize Maine: Asset-Based Regional Economic Development

    Posted on: September 20th, 2011 by Kathy Nothstine

    The NADO Research Foundation has released a new report, Mobilize Maine: Asset-Based Regional Economic Development.  Led by the state’s Economic Development Districts, Mobilize Maine is a proactive approach to revitalizing the economy by drawing on regional assets.  This report highlights...

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  • An Improved Federal Response to Post-Disaster Economic Recovery

    Posted on: August 31st, 2011 by Jonathan

    Developed by a working group of representatives convened by the International Economic Development Council, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center and the National Association of Development Organizations, this report identifies capacity, resource and regulatory constraints imposed on...

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  • Upcoming Webinar: TIGER Grants and Rural America, Part II

    Posted on: August 29th, 2011 by Kathy Nothstine

    The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced a new grant opportunity (http://www NULL.html) for rural communities across the country. The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program is a great opportunity for rural communities to leverage federal...

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  • NADO Webinar: Land-Based Sustainable Development Strategies in Western North Carolina

    Posted on: August 1st, 2011 by Kathy Nothstine

    June 21, 2011; 2:00 – 3:00 pm (EDT) The NADO Research Foundation is sponsoring a two-part webinar series exploring how regional development organizations are incorporating sustainability principles into their regional planning processes. The first webinar, “Land-Based Sustainable Development Strategies in...

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  • Rural-Urban Connections in the Sacramento Region

    Posted on: July 12th, 2011 by Kathy Nothstine

    To view a recording of the webinar, click here. (http://www NULL.ruraltransportation NULL.wmv) On Tuesday, July 12, NADO Research Foundation sponsored “Rural-Urban Connections in the Sacramento Region,” a webinar exploring how the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) is addressing...

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