The RDO’s Role in Cultivating Healthy Communities

Posted on: November 12th, 2015 by Sara James

Fostering regional quality of life begins with health.  Whether it’s working to eradicate food deserts, developing parks, trails, and other opportunities for recreation, or supporting specialized community health initiatives, RDOs are able to build the necessary partnerships and programs to promote health and well-being throughout their regions.  This session, which took place during NADO’s Annual Training Conference, showcased examples of RDOs working to cultivate a rich and healthy quality of life for residents in their regions.


  • Misty Casto, Executive Director, Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District, Reno, OH


  • Jim Dove, Executive Director, Northeast Georgia Regional Commission, Athens, GA
  • Cheryal Lee Hills, Executive Director, Region Five Development Commission, Staples, MN
  • Jiten Shah, Executive Director, Green River Area Development District, Owensboro, KY

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