Organizational Capacity & Professional Development

The capacity of RDOs is critical to addressing the needs of their region and to creating a foundation for sustainable economic development. However, RDOs are complex organizations, and it takes skill, capacity, and leadership to run them effectively. There is an identified need to build professional capacities, strengthen RDOs, and assist executive directors and senior staff when developing leadership skills.

Here you will find resources for maximizing your organization’s potentialoperationally and strategically. These resources are designed to assist RDOs by sharing experiences and best practices, learning from others’ challenges and obstacles, and gaining insights into innovative approaches from peers and others across the country.

Thanks to funding from the US Economic Development Administration for the Stronger Districts, Stronger Regions initiative, the NADO RF, RDOs, partner organizations, and consultants were able to develop and curate many of these materials. Resources include conference presentations, webinars, publications, and more.

Have materials or examples you’d like to share? Email Ciara Ristig at [email protected] with any additional resources from your region or state. New resources will be added over time.

Stronger Districts, Stronger Regions, a National Economic Development District (EDD) Leadership Capacity Building Initiative, is prepared by the NADO Research Foundation using Federal funds under award ED20HDQ3030071 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce.



Leadership & Governance

Leadership & Governance RDO 101 for Board Members John Metcalf, NADO Annual Training Conference 2018: Being An Effective Board Member Designed for board members and executive

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Marketing & Communications

Social Media NADO Professional Development Webinar Series 2018: Social Media Basics for RDOs Social media: just what is it and does it have a place

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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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