“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 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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