Webinar Briefing: The State of the EDDs & CEDS Content Guidelines Updates

In the spring of 2023, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) designated its 400th Economic Development District (EDD) and also released updates to its Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Content Guidelines.   

What You’ll Learn

During this webinar briefing, EDA and NADO Research Foundation staff:

  • Reflect on the current state of the national network of EDDs
  • Highlight the value of EDD designation and the impact of EDDs in the regions they serve
  • Provide an overview of the new CEDS Content Guidelines sections on equity, climate resilience, and workforce development
  • Feature resources and opportunities to support EDDs and CEDS planning and implementation, including the EDD Community of Practice (EDD CoP) and the CEDS Central website


Brett Schwartz, Associate Director, NADO Research Foundation
David Ives, Deputy Director, Performance, Research and National Technical Assistance Division (PRNTAD), U.S. EDA    

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CEDS Content Guidelines | CEDS Central | CEDS Resource Handbook | EDD Community of Practice | Interactive EDD Map |
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This webinar is offered through the NADO Research Foundation’s Economic Development District Community of Practice (EDD CoP), funded by US EDA. To learn more about this effort to build capacity across the national network of EDDs, visit: www.nado.org/EDDCoP.

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2023 Impact Awards

The primary applicant must be a NADO member. Project partners, both NADO and non-members, can be recognized under "Project Partners" below.

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This person will be the designated point of contact for all future awards-related correspondence.

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Please upload your organization's logo which will be included on the winning project award certificate.

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This title will be printed on the award certificate for winning projects and in all 2022 NADO Impact Award materials and cannot be changed.

Project Summary & Questions
Please craft clear, thoughtful, and engaging responses to the following questions. Use the following sections to tell us how your project has made an impact, such as its use of creative funding mechanisms, efforts to create efficiencies or reduce costs, unique partnership models, and emphasis on building resilience and/or enhancing your region's quality of life.

For award-winning projects, the information provided below may be used verbatim to inform project descriptions that will be published in the 2023 NADO Impact Awards materials and included on the NADO website.

Please submit at least one photo showing your project in action. Please keep file size to a minimum (<2Mb) and use JPEG format. If uploading multiple files, ZIP files prior to submitting. If you have trouble uploading images they can be directly emailed to Brett Schwartz at [email protected]. Include the project title they correspond to in the subject line of your email.

Note: Submitted photos may be used in NADO Impact Awards materials and in other NADO published materials with credit to your organization. Please also consider submitting photos for NADO's 2023 Photo Contest, which will be held this summer.

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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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