NADO RF Webinar Provides Data Literacy Training to Support CEDS Planning

Posted on: December 7th, 2017 by Brett Schwartz

Accessing, interpreting, and incorporating the right data are some of the most important tasks in writing an effective CEDS. The NADO Research Foundation (http://www NULL.nado and the BlastPoint (https://blastpoint team delivered a free webinar that explored how big companies think about data and how you can adapt these approaches to improve your organization’s planning and policy development work.  This session covered concepts like indexing, segmentation, and forecasting, and showed how real examples from the world of marketing and analytics are within reach of anyone with the right tools. This session also included a demo of BlastPoint’s features.


  • Alison Alvarez, CEO & Co-Founder, BlastPoint
  • Tomer Borenstein, CTO & Co-Founder, BlastPoint
  • Brett Schwartz (moderator), Program Manager, NADO Research Foundation

Click here to access the PowerPoint slides (PDF)

Related Resources:

Better Planning Through Better Data:  A Closer Look at the StatsAmerica Innovation Index 2.0

This webinar featured a demonstration of the StatsAmerica Innovation Index 2.0 (http://www NULL.statsamerica, a free web resource that can give economic development practitioners and regional leaders the ability to assess their region’s economic strengths and challenges and also provide valuable data that can utilized when writing a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) or other regional economic development plans.  Click here to view the webinar on-demand and to download the presentation slides.

“Harnessing the Power of Data to Improve Your CEDS”

This learning lab at NADO’s 2017 Annual Training Conference highlighted data tools and resources including StatsAmerica (https://www NULL.slideshare (https://www NULL.slideshare, and the Area Sector Analysis Process (ASAP) (https://www NULL.slideshare that you can use to improve your CEDS and enable stakeholders to make more informed decisions.  Click the corresponding links to see the presentation materials.


This webinar was presented through NADO’s Stronger CEDS, Stronger Regions program, funded through a generous grant from the US Economic Development Administration (http://www NULL.eda

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