Resilient Regions: Integrating Economic Development Strategies, Sustainability Principles and Hazard Mitigation Planning

This new report released in July 2011 provides an in-depth look at the roles that regional planning and development organizations are taking to help local and regional economies re-build after natural disasters.  The Resilient Regions (PDF) report focuses on efforts in Iowa, Florida, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Wisconsin.  The document was produced under a grant with the U.S. Economic Development Administration (No 08-79-04379) to look at post disaster economic recovery initiatives of regional planning and development organizations after the catastrophic events of 2008.  View the report here. (PDF)


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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