NADO Releases Its 2020-2024 Strategic Plan

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In the fall of 2019, the NADO Board of Directors adopted a Strategic Action Plan for 2020 – 2024 for NADO and the NADO Research Foundation.  View the plan here (PDF).

This report presents the strategic vision and action plan created for future organizational development of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) and the NADO Research Foundation. The report has been developed by Future iQ as part of the development of a five-year Strategic Action Plan based on input from the NADO Think Tank Summit workshop, organizational surveys, Board meetings, the October 2018 NADO Annual Training Conference, and the March 2019 NADO Washington Conference.

The report presents context for situational awareness of trends, including forces shaping the future, regional preparedness, NADO preparedness and positioning, and the importance of future thinking.

The strategic pillars framework emphasizes the following areas:

  • Institutional innovation
  • Create new partnerships
  • Promote organizational and staff capacity
  • Broaden advocacy and networking
  • Expand organizational resources
  • Strengthen membership base

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Joe McKinney serves as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). Headquartered in Washington DC, NADO provides advocacy, education, research, and training for the nation’s 500+ regional planning and development organizations.

Joe has thirty-one years of experience having served in city, county, regional, national association, and government management since 1991. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a candidate for a master’s degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

McKinney has provided congressional testimony on numerous occasions regarding the importance of regional development organizations in helping shape the nation’s economic growth. He is nationally recognized for promoting innovative solutions in areas such as planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, and aging services.

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