Recording Now Available for SWOT and Resilience Webinar

A SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) Analysis allows for a region to come together to perform a “status check” and answer the question “Where are we now?” in terms of competitive advantages and disadvantages.  One of the four required sections of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), the SWOT should serve as a key tool to foster economic resilience and generate a regional call to action.

The NADO Research Foundation hosted a webinar with Barbara Wyckoff of Creative Disrupters  to discuss how the SWOT can build resilience and sustainability in your region as well as introduce and provide tools for rethinking economic development and facilitating conversations in your communities.  During this webinar:

  • Learn a new approach to economic resilience and how it is being implemented across the country
  • Learn how to integrate sustainability and resilience into the SWOT assessment of a region’s economy, as required by the U.S. Economic Development Administration for completing the CEDS
  • Learn how to develop preliminary indicators for measuring for multiple types of local assets

Click here to download the presentation slides (PDF)

Please contact Associate Director Brett Schwartz at [email protected] with any questions.

This webinar is presented through NADO’s Stronger CEDS, Stronger Regions program, funded through a generous grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.


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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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