Materials Now Available from “Regional Economic Resilience and the CEDS” Workshop

Capture1On December 2, 2014, the NADO Research Foundation hosted “Regional Economic Resilience and the CEDS,” a half-day workshop for HUD Sustainable Communities grantees attending the 2014 HUD SCI Convening in Washington, DC.  Staff from 14 grantee projects coast-to-coast came together for training, peer exchange, and an opportunity to learn more about the new CEDS content guidelines and innovative strategies and approaches to ensure that the CEDS is more than just a static document, but rather a true roadmap and driver of economic resilience in regions.   Attendees:

  • Explored strategies to cohesively integrate economic resilience goals into planning efforts to strengthen their CEDS (Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy) and other regional planning documents
  • Learned about the best ways to identify key issues, develop calls to action, formulate goals, and move towards action and implementation
  • Reviewed the new CEDS content guidelines that address economic resilience and other key areas and heard what these guidelines mean for developing CEDS and other regional plans
  • Learned more about NADO RF’s online CEDS Library, a compilation of examples to assist Economic Development Districts (EDDs) and others navigate incorporating resilience to economic disruptions and other disasters into their CEDS
Brian Kelsey, Director of Economic Development at the NADO Research Foundation, and David Ives, Sustainability Coordinator at the US Economic Development Administration, discuss crafting an impactful and meaningful CEDS, as well as strategies for incorporating economic resilience approaches into the document.
Brian Kelsey, Director of Economic Development at the NADO Research Foundation, and David Ives, Sustainability Coordinator at the US Economic Development Administration, discuss crafting an impactful and meaningful CEDS, as well as strategies for incorporating economic resilience approaches into the document.

Workshop Resources:  

Sara James, Program Associate at the NADO Research, provides an overview of NADO's CEDS Resilience Library, a compilation of examples to assist EDDs and others incorporate resilience to economic disruptions into their CEDs.
Sara James, Program Associate at the NADO Research, provides an overview of NADO’s CEDS Resilience Library, a compilation of examples to assist EDDs and others incorporate resilience to economic disruptions into their CEDS.

This event was funded through the NADO Research Foundation’s capacity building work as part of the Sustainable Communities Learning Network which is supporting HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative grantees and EPA technical assistance recipients through training, peer exchanges, technical assistance, research and publications, and other resources.  For more information about this event and NADO’s other capacity building activities, please contact NADO Research Foundation Program Manager Brett Schwartz.   

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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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