Restoring Regional Economies in the Wake of Disaster

In December 2010, the NADO Research Foundation released Restoring Regional Economies in the Wake of Disaster. The report focuses on the role of regional development organizations in the post-disaster economic recovery process, using information gleaned from NADO peer learning sessions and two case studies where regions suffered from hurricane and flood effects in 2008.  Click here to view the report.

In August 2009, the NADO Research Foundation embarked on a three year project to research the role of regional development organizations (RDOs) in post-disaster economic recovery.

Funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the initiative has resulted in a nationwide network of RDOs that share experiences and best practices as they relate to disaster recovery.   Visit the Disaster Recovery group in our networking section to become a part of the discussion.


Joe McKinney has served as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations since 2012. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Land of Sky Regional Council in Asheville, North Carolina from 2003 to 2012. Under his leadership, Land of Sky became recognized nationally for its innovation in program areas including planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, aging services, volunteer services, and geographic information systems. Joe has also held various other roles in city, county, association, and government management. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

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