Past Conferences

Presentations, handouts and other material relevant to past NADO-sponsored conferences can be found here.

  • State and Regional Collaboration

    Posted on: June 14th, 2016 by Carrie Kissel

    Working together on data collection, analysis, stakeholder outreach, and more, states, regions, and the local entities they serve can come to a deeper understanding and new solutions for their region’s transportation and development issues. Krishna Kunapareddy, Boonslick Regional Planning Commission,...

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  • Making the Case for Transit

    Posted on: June 14th, 2016 by Carrie Kissel

    Hear how communities have successfully made the case for investment in transit and initiated new service to improve mobility in rural and small metro places, and participate in an engaging, interactive discussion on the return on investment of transit in...

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  • GIS and Technology Applications for Transportation Planning and Analysis

    Posted on: June 14th, 2016 by Carrie Kissel

    In this session of the 2016 National Regional Transportation Conference (http://www NULL.nado NULL.org/events/rpo2016), attendees learned about new trends and real-life practical applications from regional planning and economic development organizations. Presenters discussed one transportation model based upon economic modeling and forecasting,...

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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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  • 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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  • Learning Lab/Mobile Workshop – From Eye Sores to Eye Candy: Introduction to Brownfields

    Posted on: November 10th, 2015 by Brett Schwartz

    This session at NADO’s Annual Training Conference, led by EPA-designated Technical Assistance to Brownfield Communities (TAB) providers, helped attendees identify the causes and effects of brownfields sites and build community capacity to compete for funding, identify possible brownfields opportunities, and...

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