Webinar Recording and Slides Now Available for Rural-Urban Connections Presentation

On July 24, the NADO Research Foundation hosted the webinar, “Strengthening Rural-Urban Connections to Support Competitive Regions.”  Though geography, politics, and demographics often result in “rural” and “urban” communities being thought of as distinct and unrelated places, current economic and social realities reveal that an effective framework for understanding urban and rural is through a prism of interdependence and linkages.  Economic and workforce development, food production and distribution, energy, transportation, recreation, and other sectors demonstrate that regionalism can strengthen outcomes for residents and businesses in both cities and small towns.

Brian Dabson of the University of Missouri has written:  “No bright lines separate the two types of areas, either geographically or economically.  If metropolitan America is to drive national prosperity, metropolitan areas will need a healthy and sustainable rural economy and culture.  Likewise, if rural America is to flourish, it will surely depend upon vibrant, well-functioning cities and suburbs.”

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During the webinar, Brian Dabson provided both a theoretical and practical approach to rural-urban connections.  His remarks were followed by examples of on-the-ground efforts underway in the Wichita, Kansas and Austin, Texas regions.

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This webinar is supported through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Questions?  E-mail Brett Schwartz at [email protected].

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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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