NADO Partners with NACo to Host White House Forum on Economic Development

Posted on: September 21st, 2012 by NADO Admin

Participants from NADO and NACo having a small group discussion on public-private-partnerships

On September 19, the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) hosted a White House forum, “Building Blocks for Economic Development and Job Growth.” Representatives from NADO and NACo traveled to Washington, D.C. from across the country to meet with key members of the Administration including officials from the White House, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Economic Development Administration, and others to discuss how federal, state, and local coordination can be improved. 

Participants also tackled issues like lessons learned from public-private partnerships to support infrastructure-led economic development, building resilient regions, connecting local communities and regions with global markets, and how to attract and retain a talented workforce.

Randy Kelley, Executive Director of the Three Rivers Planning and Development District (MS) and Kelley Deutmeyer, Executive Director of the East Central Intergovernmental Association (IA) represented NADO on the local panel and provided key insights and examples on the critical role regional development organizations play in economic development and job creation in local communities across the nation. Visit NADO’s Facebook page (http://www NULL.facebook to see additional photos from this special event.

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