CEDS, Recovery, and Resilience Webinar Series

Posted on: March 9th, 2021 by Brett Schwartz

As part of its Stronger CEDS, Stronger Regions (http://www NULL.cedscentral NULL.com) programming, the NADO Research Foundation (http://www NULL.nado NULL.org) is hosting a mini webinar series in March and April focused on CEDS, recovery, and resilience.  Sessions will include best practices and insights from experts and practitioners on a host of topics aimed to support your efforts in building stronger, more resilient communities and regions.  Make sure to check back for archived recordings and registration links for upcoming webinars and also visit www.CEDSCentral.com (http://www NULL.cedscentral NULL.com/) for additional information and resources that are updated regularly.

Contact Brett Schwartz at [email protected] (bschwartz null@null nado NULL.org) with any questions or for more information.  Thanks for your interest!

Archived Recordings & Resources

Many rural regions and small metros were still recovering from the Great Recession when the COVID-19 pandemic struck last year. And in places that had made progress, a lot of economic gains were wiped out as businesses closed, jobs disappeared, and entire industries reorganized. Now, as rural places seek to recover from these setbacks, communities are in a position to reset and create a strong foundation for the future, one rooted in resilience and creative ways of doing economic development.  During the webinar “Rural Resilience and Economic Development” Don Macke of e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems  (https://www NULL.energizingentrepreneurs NULL.org/)shared e2’s insights into growing a more prosperous rural America rooted in 40 plus years of work. During this session you’ll hear about structural challenges and opportunities in small towns and rural communities, “Mega Trends” in rural development, a prosperity community development framework, how to build entrepreneur-led ecosystems, and much more.  Presentation slides are available here.

Additional resources highlighted in the webinar:

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) (http://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/ceds) is a locally-based, regionally-driven economic development planning process and document that creates the space for your region to identify its strengths and weaknesses and brings together a diverse set of partners to generate good jobs, diversify the economy, and spur economic growth. An effective CEDS allows a region to maximize its economic development potential, as well as engage with the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) (http://www NULL.eda NULL.gov) and other federal partners to receive infrastructure and technical assistance grants, such as EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. During this webinar, staff from EDA, NADO RF, and Southeast Conference covered CEDS fundamentals, best practices, and latest trends. The session is intended primarily for new staff working on the CEDS, though it may also be of interest as a refresher for CEDS veterans.  Presentation slides are available here (PDF).

Additional resources highlighted in the webinar:

  • EDA’s CEDS Content Guidelines (https://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/ceds/)
  • CEDS Central (http://www NULL.cedscentral NULL.com)
  • StatsAmerica (http://www NULL.statsamerica NULL.org/) /CEDS Resource Library (https://www NULL.statsamerica NULL.org/ceds/Default NULL.aspx)
  • Data Deep Dive Webinar Series
  • Southeast Alaska 2020 Economic Plan (2105-2020 CEDS) (https://www NULL.seconference NULL.org/publication/southeast-alaska-2020-economic-plan/)
  • Southeast Conference CEDS Planning Documents  (https://www NULL.seconference NULL.org/strategy/)
  • Southeast by the Numbers (https://www NULL.seconference NULL.org/sites/default/files/Southeast%20Alaska%20by%20the%20Numbers%202020 NULL.pdf?4db2ab&4db2ab)

Upcoming Sessions

Growing Resilient and Prosperous Local Economies: (https://attendee NULL.gotowebinar NULL.com/register/7086806953037872910)
A Conversation with Kimber Lanning & Liza Noland from Local First Arizona (April 27) (https://attendee NULL.gotowebinar NULL.com/register/7086806953037872910)

Join the NADO Research Foundation on April 27 from 2 – 3 p.m. ET for a conversation with Local First Arizona’s (https://localfirstaz NULL.com/) CEO Kimber Lanning and Director of Rural Programs Liza Noland. Founded in 2009, Local First Arizona is a nonprofit organization committed to community and economic development throughout the state. Its work connects people, locally-owned businesses, and communities for meaningful actions that build a diverse, inclusive and prosperous Arizona economy.  During this webinar, you’ll hear more about Local First Arizona’s mission and programs as well as best practices and strategies that your own community and region can adopt to support small business development, entrepreneurship, rural economic development, tourism initiatives, equity and inclusion, and much more.  Click here (https://attendee NULL.gotowebinar NULL.com/register/7086806953037872910) to register.

This webinar series is presented as part of the NADO Research Foundation’s Stronger CEDS, Stronger Regions (http://www NULL.cedscentral NULL.com/) program, funded through a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (http://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/),U.S. Department of Commerce (https://www NULL.commerce NULL.gov/).  The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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