NADO Research Foundation to Host Upcoming Webinar on Economic Diversification in Coal-Reliant Regions

Posted on: February 26th, 2016 by Brett Schwartz


The decline of the coal industry is having major ramifications in communities and regions across the country that have been historically reliant upon this energy source for jobs, a tax base, and sense of identity.  In light of these changes, many coal-reliant communities are seeking opportunities to diversify and strengthen their economies through a variety of place-based efforts that tap into local and regional assets.  These include  supporting displaced workers with training opportunities, fostering a culture of entrepreneurship, embracing placemaking and main street redevelopment, and exploring new opportunities in tourism, alternative energy, and other sectors.

On March 22 from 2-3 ET,  join the NADO Research Foundation for a free webinar “Emerging Opportunities for Economic Diversification in Coal-Reliant Regions” (https://attendee NULL.gotowebinar as we host two regions that participated in last year’s ‘Coal-Reliant Communities Innovation Challenge’ (http://diversifyeconomies and are proactively moving forward with diversification strategies and goals.  Over the course of a year, the NADO Research Foundation partnered with the National Association of Counties (NACo) to host three workshops across the country which brought together a total of 23 teams and over 200 participants from 10 states to discuss opportunities to diversify and grow economies, create jobs, and explore emerging opportunities.

Participants share their stories and strategies for economic diversification at the Charleston, WV 'Coal-Reliant Communities Innovation Challenge' workshop in November 2015.

Participants share their stories and strategies for economic diversification at the Charleston, West Virginia ‘Coal-Reliant Communities Innovation Challenge’ workshop in November 2015.

On this webinar, hear from representatives from the Big Sandy Area Development District (http://www NULL.bigsandy Kentucky and the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments (http://www NULL.nwnmcog who will share how changes in the coal industry are impacting their regions and workforce, what efforts are currently underway to support their regional economies, and what local assets have been identified to drive future economic development.  This webinar will be of interest to communities and regions located in coalfields, are home to coal-fired power plants, or are part of the coal transportation network.  It will also be relevant to any region that is looking for examples for diversifying its economy to be more resilient to unforeseen economic shocks.  We hope you’ll join us for this timely and informative webinar!

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Questions?  Please contact NADO Research Foundation Program Manager Brett Schwartz at [email protected] (bschwartz null@null nado

This webinar is being presented through support of a grant from the US Economic Development Administration (http://www NULL.eda

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