State Associations

Statewide associations play an important role in strengthening the organizational capacity of the nation’s regional councils and regional development organizations. This section contains information about state associations, samples of statewide impact reports and other resource materials.

  • State Associations of Regional Councils and Regional Development Organizations: Insights into Organizational Structures, Governance Models and Strategic Initiatives. This comprehensive report examines the organizational structures, governance models and strategic initiatives of state associations and networks of regional councils of government and regional development organizations. It also features resource links, overviews of multi-state coalitions, and a matrix of state association profiles. View report
  • Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts: Regional Strategies, Solutions and Partnerships
    This report examines how area development districts, comprising Kentucky’s statewide network of 15 multi-jurisdictional entities covering 120 counties, partner to cultivate regional collaboration and local partnerships resulting in a stronger, more economically viable region. (March 2009, 24 pages) View report / Power Point
  • New Mexico Association of Regional Councils: Partnerships, Progress and Promise
    This report provides an update of the programs profiled in the 2007 report. It also highlights the many partnerships forged between the councils and local and state government to provide valuable services to the surrounding communities. (January 2009, 26 pages) View report / Summary Power Point
  • Oregon’s Economic Development Districts: Creating Opportunities for Regional Prosperity
    This report showcases the work of the 11 Economic Development Districts in Oregon, and how they partner with or provide services to the state’s 36 counties, local and tribal governments to ensure that the many needs of Oregon’s residents, businesses and local governments are met. (March 2009, 20 pages): View report
  • Utah’s Association of Governments: Regional Collaborations, Solutions and Strategies
    This report showcases how the seven Associations of Governments in Utah have brought economic opportunities to the state by cultivating key collaborations that extend beyond jurisdictional boundaries, promoting intergovernmental and public-private partnerships and designing and implementing comprehensive regional development strategies that position their regions and communities for the future. (November 2009, 14 pages) View report


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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