On March 23-24, 2023, the NADO Research Foundation and EDA Seattle Regional Office hosted an EDD Regional Roundtable as part of the Economic Development District Community of Practice. At this event, EDD and EDA Seattle staff came together for training, networking, and sharing opportunities and challenges facing EDDs across the EDA Seattle region.
Sessions included an update from Regional Director Sheba Person-Whitley on the “State of the Region;” training from EDA staff on the forthcoming Economic Development Grants Experience (EDGE) grants management program; presentations from EDA, NADO RF, and National Development Council staff on resources and opportunities through the newly formed Communities of Practice; and lightning round presentations from EDD staff on best practices followed by roundtable conversations. EDD staff and their respective state Economic Development Representatives (EDRs) also met for small group discussions to share updates and discuss a range of issues impacting their respective states.
The full agenda is available here and presentation materials are linked below (PDF). To learn more about the EDD CoP and how to get involved, click here. Thanks to everyone who participated and we look forward to seeing you at future events!
The EDD CoP is made possible through an award from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce (ED22HDQ3070106). The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the participants, trainers, and authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce.
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.