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.


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Joe McKinney serves as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). Headquartered in Washington DC, NADO provides advocacy, education, research, and training for the nation’s 500+ regional planning and development organizations.

Joe has thirty-one years of experience having served in city, county, regional, national association, and government management since 1991. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a candidate for a master’s degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

McKinney has provided congressional testimony on numerous occasions regarding the importance of regional development organizations in helping shape the nation’s economic growth. He is nationally recognized for promoting innovative solutions in areas such as planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, and aging services.

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