Newsletter Archive: Growing Stronger Economies in Our Nation’s Coal Communities

Note:  This page is no longer updated as of October 2019 

Welcome to the archive page of “Growing Stronger Economies in Our Nation’s Coal Communities.” This curated bi-weekly newsletter is a joint resource from the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation.  NACo and NADO are collaborating on a POWER technical assistance grant generously provided by the US Economic Development Administration’s Denver Regional Office.

This publication expands on NACo and NADO’s previous newsletter, “Building Stronger Economies in Appalachian Coal Country,” to provide a national perspective on diversification efforts in coal communities across the country, resources and funding opportunities, and upcoming events and trainings to support your work in a variety of areas to improve economic development, infrastructure, and quality of life in your region.  It will be delivered every other Wednesday.

If you would like to join the mailing list, send an e-mail to Brett Schwartz at bschwart[email protected].  We welcome your feedback on content and ideas and encourage you to share this newsletter with your colleagues and partners.  Thanks for reading!

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This newsletter is made possible with the support of an US Economic Development Administration – Denver Regional Office POWER grant to the National Association of Counties and the National Association of Development Organizations Research Foundation.  The views and opinions expressed by other organizations or outside publications referenced in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of NACo, NADO, or EDA.


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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