Growing Rural Innovation-Based Economies: Kansas Opportunity Innovation Network

The NADO Research Foundation released two new reports in September 2011 that highlight the efforts of work being done through the Kansas Opportunity Innovation Network (KOIN).  KOIN is a joint initiative by Kansas State University’s Advanced Manufacturing Institute (an Economic Development Administration-designated University Center), the state’s Economic Development Districts, and other partners to increase the number of globally competitive products and services produced in Kansas rural communities.  The story of KOIN is presented in two parts, a case study overview and more detailed description of steps performed and visualizations created to better understand regional economic development.  These reports were produced in partnership with the EDA Know Your Region project.

View the reports: Growing Rural Innovation-Based Economies: Kansas Opportunity Innovation Network

Part 1: Case Study Overview (PDF)

Part 2: Special Report (PDF)


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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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