WealthWorks Rural Economic Development Case Studies

Rural wealth creation is an approach to community and economic development that is demand-driven, focusing on market opportunities that capitalize on a community’s existing assets or underutilized resources. Wealth creation is intentionally inclusive, building lasting livelihoods for those who may not have been at the table before, and it supports local ownership and control of assets. This series of case studies examines how livelihoods are being improved and communities are undergoing development in a variety of sectors and rural places:

These case studies were produced by the NADO Research Foundation in partnership with local practitioners and regional WealthWorks Hub organizations.  The work occurred under contract to Region Five Development Commission through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For more information on WealthWorks, including other case studies, how-to information, and opportunities to connect to regional Hubs who may be able to provide coaching or referrals, visit www.WealthWorks.org.

Also see the measurement guide and regional wealth creation case studies previously written by the NADO Research Foundation.

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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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