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 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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