In over 30 states, RDOs collaborate with their state departments of transportation to conduct outreach to local governments about transportation priorities and to assist with statewide and rural planning. Many RDOs also serve as metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) that complete short- and long-range plans in urbanized areas.
RDOs may also assist with broadband planning, seeking funding, and deployment; rural water and wastewater issues; and energy, such as helping local partners to plan and implement renewable energy projects.
2023 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award Recipients NADO and RPO America are pleased to announce the 2023 Excellence in Regional Transportation Awards. The awards program
This webinar briefing provides an update on the status of the national network of Economic Development Districts (EDDs) and information about the updated CEDS Content Guidelines featuring equity, climate resilience, and workforce development
The needs and priorities of the US economy have evolved quickly in the last several years, and the Economic Development Administration has responded with new
The Green River Area Development District’s (GRADD) Hire to Operate (H20) program is a collaboration with state and local partners to address the shortage of certified water and wastewater operators in Western Kentucky through a Registered Apprenticeship Program
This webinar Green River Area Development District’s (GRADD) Hire to Operate (H20) program, a collaboration with state and local partners to address the shortage of certified water and wastewater operators in Western Kentucky through a Registered Apprenticeship Program
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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.