Sustainable Communities Capacity Building Workshop Materials: Fostering Partnerships

Posted on: September 21st, 2012 by Kathy Nothstine

On September 13-14, 2012, NADO Research Foundation hosted a workshop with a small group of HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative (http://portal NULL.hud grantees working in rural and small town settings. This workshop was designed to build the capacity of grantees to develop strong partnerships to achieve community planning and economic development goals.

Click on the links below to download workshop presentations and other resources:

Agenda and Participant Information

Framing the Issue: Positioning Smaller Communities for a Prosperous Future (Joseph Minicozzi, AICP, Urban3, LLC):
Part 1 and Part 2
Rural regions and small towns that coordinate long-term economic development strategies with local land use decisions and infrastructure investments can benefit from greater financial returns and improved quality of life. Joe Minicozzi will present research that quantifies the economic impacts of coordinated investments and policymaking in communities around the country.

5 x 5: Grantee Success Stories: Each grantee team described a key project success in a fast-paced series of short presentations (five minutes/five slides per team).

Growing Community through Partnerships: the Community as Expert (Paul Dreher, Livability Solutions): Tools to connect planning, placemaking, and economic development in small town settings.

Communications Clinic: Engaging Stakeholders and Champions to Articulate Values (http://prezi (Elisa Ortiz, Smart Growth America): Interactive training to help participants build and activate relationships with key community partners, identify shared community values and craft a clear, unique message, guided by hands-on exercises and facilitated discussions.


Without Smoke & Mirrors: Finding the Magic in E-logic Models & Performance Measures (Stacey Stockdill, EnSearch): Tools and strategies to help rural stakeholders choose and measure indicators to track program effectiveness and ensure positive community outcomes.

Creating and Retaining Wealth: New Ways of Approaching Economic Development in Rural and Small Metro Communities (Melissa Levy, Yellow Wood Associates): Interactive demonstration of tools designed to help practitioners identify and measure the impacts of project and policy actions on different forms of community wealth.


For more information about NADO’s sustainable communities capacity building program, contact Kathy Nothstine at knothstine [at]



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