Tribes and Sustainable Development Workshop Materials

On July 26-27, 2012, NADO Research Foundation hosted a workshop with a small group of HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative grantees working in tribal communities. This workshop was designed to build the capacity of grantees working with tribal nations to develop strong planning and economic development strategies.

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

Agenda and Participant Information

Positioning Tribes as Economic Competitors

Developing Plans and Putting Them into Action: Bottom-Up Community Planning and Economic Development in Indian Country

Growing Entrepreneurs in the Green Economy

Communications Clinic: Articulating Your Goals and Developing Your Message

Raising Additional Funds and Navigating Legal and Financial Frameworks

Federal Resources Available for Indian Country

Turning Crisis into Opportunity

Opportunity Link also provided links to a web series and documentary that explores the success of coordinated public transportation in remote Northcentral Montana, available here.


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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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