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

Posted on: June 16th, 2014 by Brett Schwartz

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.

Click here to download the PowerPoint slides (PDF)


  • Kevin Byrd, Executive Director, New River Valley Planning District Commission (VA) – Livability in the New River Valley (http://nrvlivability
  • Cheryal Hills, Executive Director, Region Five Development Commission (MN) – Resilient Region Plan (http://www NULL.resilientregion
  • Pat Steed, Executive Director, Central Florida Regional Planning Council – Heartland 2060:  Building a Resilient Region  (http://www NULL.heartland2060 NULL.pdf)


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] (bschwartz null@null nado

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