National EDD Leadership Capacity Building Initiative Resource Page

In support of Stronger Districts, Stronger Regions, a National Economic Development District (EDD) Leadership Capacity Building Initiative, the following materials have been gathered on various subjects to assist current and rising executive directors, RDO Board Members, and RDO staff. The resources are designed to build professional capacities, strengthen RDOs, and assist executive directors when developing leadership skills.

Click the category links below to access pages that include conference presentations, webinars, publications, and more prepared by the NADO Research Foundation, RDOs, partner organizations, and consultants.  

As part of NADO RF’s Stronger Districts, Stronger Regions initiative, present and former EDD executive directors shared valuable insights about their leadership roles.

EDD executive directors reflect on their careers by providing advice to their younger selves.

EDD executive directors share their unique retirement strategies and their path to leadership as mentored by their predecessor, including takeaways for current executive directors initiating their retirement strategies.

Former EDD executive directors offer advice to new executive directors, and share what they wish they knew at the start of their career what they knew upon retirement.

Three EDD executive directors share the challenges they faced when they assumed the helm of the organization, including takeaways on how to address the situation head on and the important roles that peers can have throughout the process.

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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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