2017 Annual Training Conference | NADO's 50th Year Anniversary
September 9 - 12, 2017
Registration will open April 28, 2017
We are in the process of finalizing a slate of exciting mobile workshops. As soon as they are confirmed, we will open registration...we are aiming for April 28. Thank you for your patience as we plan an outstanding and memorable ATC 2017 experience for you!
This is what attendees from the 2016 ATC in San Antonio had to say about the conference:
"I thought the ATC was very well done, good sessions, good venue, and good people. Thank you for all your work in putting the conference together, a lot of work but very much appreciated by all attendees."
"I want to say “Thanks” and commend all of you for an excellent job again this year at the ATC!"
"You all continuously deliver fantastic conferences. The work you do makes an impact on NADO members and it wouldn't happen without you. So, thank you and keep it up!"
"I'm feeling very inspired and ready to go to work after this!"
"NADO Innovation Awards Reception...where great ideas are shared by colleagues and brought back home!"
"So impressed! Been to a lot of national conferences and this is outstanding".
Questions?: Contact Laurie Thompson at or [email protected]
Registration is scheduled to open on April 28, 2017.
Registration fees for the 2017 Annual Training Conference are:
Early bird rate
- $575 – Associate and General
- $550 – Sustaining and Sustaining Associate
- $525 – Platinum and Platinum Plus
- $715 – Non-member
- $200 – Spouses
- $100 – Student
- $595 – Associate and General
- $570 – Sustaining and Sustaining Associate
- $545 – Platinum and Platinum Plus
- $735 – Non-member
- $220 – Spouses
- $100 – Student
NADO staff are currently in the midst of planning an action-packed, robust agenda that will include our unique blend of learning platforms...from peer-to-peer exchanges to professional development training to thought-provoking plenary sessions to mobile workshops in and around Anchorage to roll-up-your-sleeves workshops to learning labs to conversation cafés. And, of course, we are building in lots of time for all attendees to network throughout the four day event!
Conference content is being designed for RDO executive directors and senior staff, planners (economic development, transportation, GIS), department managers (workforce, small business lending, aging programs), board members, and others engaged in regional approaches to economic development.
Come back and visit this page often as we will be updating it on a regular basis!
Agenda & Presentations
For your travel planning purposes, click here for the draft conference schedule.
~ Please note this schedule is subject to change ~
Travel & Venue
Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center
600 W 7th Ave,
Anchorage, AK 99501
NADO's 2017 ATC will be held at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center. We have room blocks set aside at two hotels--the Hilton Anchorage and the Anchorage Marriott.
As you make you travel plans, please note that the Hilton is offering a lower room rate but the Marriott is about 2 blocks closer to the Dena'ina Center than the Hilton.
Hilton Anchorage | 500 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501
800.HILTONS | Room rate: $181 single/double
Click here to reserve your rooms at the Hilton by accessing their special NADO page.
Anchorage Marriott | 820 W 7th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501
800.228.9290 | Room rate: $195 single/double
Click here to reserve your rooms at the Marriott by accessing their special NADO page.
Anchorage has become quite the "foody" town! Check out some great options for dining here.
~ Some or all of this information was provided by the hotel/venue ~
Getting from Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport to the Hilton or Marriott
Taxi: One way fare is about $17 (for one).
Rental Cars: Most of the rental car companies are now located in the new Rental Car Center across from the South Terminal. Free Airport shuttle buses travel between the South Terminal, North Terminal, and the Rental Car Center every 15 minutes, all day, every day.
Driving from the airport to the Hilton (500 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage): Exit airport heading east. Exit Minnesota Drive north. Take Minnesota Drive into downtown. Turn right on Third Avenue. The Hilton in on the corner of Third and E streets. The Hilton has valet parking only; the daily rate is $30. Check with the hotel concierge about off-property parking locations.
Driving from the airport to the Marriott (820 W 7th Ave, Anchorage): Take W. International Airport Road east, turn left (north) onto ramp, bear right (north) onto Minnesota Drive, turn right to stay on Minnesota Drive, keep right onto Minnesota Bypass; road changes name to I Street, turn right onto W. 7th Avenue. Marriott is on the right side. The Marriott has valet parking for $29 a day. Check with the hotel concierge about off-property parking locations.
Sponsors & Exhibitors
Sponsors & Exhibitors
Join NADO in Anchorage, September 9 - 12, 2017 as a sponsor or exhibitor and help over 600 rural and regional economic development policy makers and practitioners learn more about your products and services.
Conference sponsors will reach over 600 regional development stakeholders by being recognized as a conference sponsor on all NADO conference marketing materials, including our website, in the conference program, and on signs in the conference registration area. Previous ATC sponsors include:
- Alamo Area Council of Governments
- Appalachian Regional Commission
- Ashwood Computers
- Brazos Valley Council of Governments
- Delta Regional Authority
- Economic Development Administration
- Federal Highway Administration
- Ford Foundation
- New Mexico Association of Regional Councils
- Southwest Region Executive Director Association
Smart Growth Network
- Texas Association of Regional Councils
Three Rivers Planning Development District (Pontotoc, MS)
- University of Toledo
U.S. Census Bureau
- W.K. Kellogg Foundatioin
Conference exhibitors took advantage of a cost-effective opportunity to market products and services to a diverse network of local elected officials, city managers, regional council staff and development professionals in our conference exhibit area. Exhibitors at previous conferences include:
- Amerinational Community Services, Inc.
- Ashwood Computer, Inc.
- Broadband USA
- Business USA
- Community Roots, Inc.
- Council for Adult and Experimental Learning (CAEL)
- Golden Shovel
- Louisiana Association of Planning and Development Districts
- Magellan Advisors
- Orton Family Foundation
- Paladin Data Systems
- Retail Strategies
- Rural Assistance Center
- Select USA
- Smart Growth Network
- Sorian LLC
- South Central Planning and Development Commission
- Southeastern Institute of Research
- Technical Assistance for Brownfields Partners
- University of Toledo
- U.S. Census Bureau
- U.S. Department of Defense
- Visit Anchorage Alaska