“Lifting Up Communities through Economic Diversification” Presentations

One of the ways to become a more resilient region is through economic diversification.  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.  The 2019 NADO-DDAA Washington Conference session “Lifting Up Communities through Economic Diversification” shared a variety of examples from around the country where communities are tapping into local and regional assets to diversify and strengthen economies.

The presentations below include case studies from coal reliant regions in Utah and Ohio that are diversifying their economies in a variety of ways and also information from federal partners who are supporting economic diversification initiatives at U.S. EPA and U.S. EDA.

 

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For more information about the NADO Research Foundation’s economic resilience and diversification training resources, contact Associate Director Brett Schwartz at [email protected].

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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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