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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- Stephanie Bertaina, Senior Policy Analyst, US Environmental Protection Agency
- Jason Jolley, Associate Professor of Rural Economic Development and MPA Director, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Ohio University
- Travis Kyhl, Deputy Executive Director, Six County Association of Governments
- Doug Lynott, Director, Economic Development Integration, US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration
- Brett Schwartz, Associate Director, NADO Research Foundation (Moderator)
For more information about the NADO Research Foundation’s economic resilience and diversification training resources, contact Associate Director Brett Schwartz at [email protected].