Recording and Slides Available for ‘Nuts and Bolts of Designing a Regional Plan’ Webinar

It has taken years of coordinated effort and hard work, hours of community outreach and engagement, and countless phone calls, e-mails, and Facebook posts, but your organization and consortium has finally made it – you are ready to design and publish your final regional plan!  But how do you take the hundreds of pages of data, maps, and information and transform them into a document that everyday citizens, business leaders, local elected officials, and others will actually want to read and implement?

On June 16, 2014 the NADO Research Foundation hosted a webinar to hear from three executive directors from rural regions whose organizations have published their final regional plans as part of the HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative.  They presented their design strategies and techniques to create a readable, engaging document that will continue to shape the conversation about community and economic development and quality-of-life in their regions for years to come.

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Brett Schwartz, Program Manager, National Association of Development Organizations Research Foundation

While this webinar focused on HUD SCI grantees from rural regions that have completed regional plans, anyone who is developing a regional, economic, or community plan will benefit from the lessons shared about creating an engaging and accessible document.

This webinar is supported through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Questions?  E-mail Brett Schwartz at [email protected].


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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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