Webinar Materials: Addressing Equity and Rural Poverty

On April 16, 2013, NADO and PolicyLink co-hosted the webinar “Addressing Equity and Rural Poverty:  The View from the Ground.” The presentation highlighted the opportunities and challenges small towns and rural communities face in combating poverty and promoting inclusive economic development.  Presenters discussed efforts being made to incorporate equity – the just and fair inclusion into society where everyone can participate and prosper – into regional and community economic development plans in California and Tennessee.

Click here to watch a recording of the webinar
Click here to download the Powerpoint slides (PDF) 


Chione Flegal, Associate Director, PolicyLink
Danielle Bergstrom, Program Associate, PolicyLink
Ismael Diaz Herrera, Director, San Joaquin Valley Rural Development Center
Reyna Villalobos, Community Building Specialist, Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program
Emily Saunders, Community Development Senior Project Specialist, City of Knoxville, TN


Brett Schwartz, Program Manager, NADO

For more information, contact Brett Schwartz at [email protected]

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Joe McKinney has served as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations since 2012. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Land of Sky Regional Council in Asheville, North Carolina from 2003 to 2012. Under his leadership, Land of Sky became recognized nationally for its innovation in program areas including planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, aging services, volunteer services, and geographic information systems. Joe has also held various other roles in city, county, association, and government management. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

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