Presentations

This section contains slide presentations of content that would benefit our membership.

  • Weathering Economic Downturns: The Importance of Diversifying the Regional Economy

    Posted on: November 12th, 2015 by Sara James

    Often, we’ve seen regions suffering from the downturn of an industry or sector that they were overly reliant upon.  Currently, many communities are grappling with the contraction of the coal industry and identifying wats to rething economic investments and prioritize...

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  • The RDO’s Role in Cultivating Healthy Communities

    Posted on: November 12th, 2015 by Sara James

    Fostering regional quality of life begins with health.  Whether it’s working to eradicate food deserts, developing parks, trails, and other opportunities for recreation, or supporting specialized community health initiatives, RDOs are able to build the necessary partnerships and programs to...

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  • A Win-Win-Win: Collaborating Across Jurisdictional Boundaries

    Posted on: November 12th, 2015 by Sara James

    It’s a common fact that many planning and development issues don’t adhere to geographic or jurisdictional boundaries.  As a result, many regional development organizations (RDOs) are recognizing the need to collaborate with neighboring organizations and even across state lines.  Panelists...

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  • Developing a Brand: Tools for Marketing Your Region

    Posted on: November 12th, 2015 by Sara James

    In today’s world of virtual and visual information, regional development organizations (RDOs) have the opportunity to harness technology to better tell their story.  At NADO’s Annual Training Conference, the presenters in this session showcased ways in which RDOs can develop...

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  • Learning Lab: Building Economic Resilience – One Business at a Time

    Posted on: November 12th, 2015 by Sara James

    Regional Development Organizations can play a critical role in strengthening the economic resilience of a region by helping small and medium-sized businesses be better prepared to withstand and bounce back from disasters.  At NADO’s Annual Training Conference, this learning lab...

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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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  • Taking your Workforce to the Next Level: Strategies to Support Worker Training

    Posted on: November 10th, 2015 by Brett Schwartz

    Developing the skills and competency of your region’s current workforce is an important element in meeting production demands and attracting additional investment and expansion.  At this session at NADO’s 2015 ATC, participants learned how regional development organizations are leveraging resources ...

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  • Learning Lab: Claiming and Sharing Your Region’s Stories

    Posted on: November 10th, 2015 by Brett Schwartz

    This hands-on learning lab at NADO’s 2015 Annual Training Conference offered strategies and tools for gathering and telling your own stories in compelling ways and explored the power of sharing your story utilizing local voices and language.  Methods and tools...

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  • Strategies for Exceptional Board Governance

    Posted on: November 10th, 2015 by Carrie Kissel

    Today’s RDO board member typically wears many hats. In addition to serving as an elected official, running a local business, leading a nonprofit organization, overseeing an educational institution, or a combination of some of these vocations, they are also charged...

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  • Preparing for the Future: Early Career Executive Directors/Assistant Directors

    Posted on: November 10th, 2015 by Carrie Kissel

    NADO’s research has shown a trend in executive director retirements, which is not too surprising given the sheer number of baby boomers that are considering retirement in the near future. As today’s executive directors start to plan for their departure...

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