NADO RF Part of Nuclear Closure Communities Technical Assistance Program

Nearly 20 nuclear power sites have been or are currently being decommissioned across the country and between five and ten additional plants could close within the next five years. The small or rural communities that host these sites will face critical socioeconomic challenges with the loss of tax revenue, skilled workers, and a major regional economic driver.

Recently, with the support of the U.S. Economic Development Administration, Smart Growth America, the Nuclear Decommissioning Collaborative, the NADO Research Foundation, and the Center for Creative Land Recycling launched the Nuclear Closure Communities Technical Assistance program. This program is designed to help communities better prepare and plan for a post-nuclear power plant future as more plants announce plans for decommissioning in the upcoming years. Through this program, the team will provide free guidance and analysis, offer a set of tools, and build a supportive community of practice to better position the municipalities and regions bracing for this dislocation.

View the program kick-off webinar recording below:

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Contact NADO Research Foundation Associate Director Brett Schwartz at [email protected] with any questions about the program or to share any comments.

This effort utilizes Federal funds under award ED20HDQ3030068 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the project team and do not necessarily reflect the views of EDA or the U.S. Department of Commerce

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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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