“Strategies to Support Economic Diversification” Webinar Tutorial

Planning for economic diversification is an important undertaking to explore through your Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.  Too many places throughout the country and the world have built economies around a single sector or industry, leaving them vulnerable to both immediate shocks and longer, slow-moving chronic trends.
Economic diversification helps support regional resilience, a concept that should be woven into all aspects of your CEDS and can serve as a guiding framework for how your district approaches regional planning and economic development.  Regions and communities that diversify their economies are much better positioned to face a mix of inevitable future shocks and disruptions.

This webinar tutorial provides the following:

  • The basics of economic diversification
  • How to measure diversification
  • Best practices to support economic diversification
  • Lessons learned from coal communities
  • Key tips for revitalization through diversification

Trainer: Erik Pages, Founder/President, Entreworks Consulting 

Download the presentation slides here (PDF).

For more information, contact NADO Research Foundation Associate Director Brett Schwartz at [email protected].

This tutorial was developed as part of NADO RF’s Stronger CEDS, Stronger Regions program, supported through a generous grant from the US Economic Development Administration.

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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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