[Webinar Recording]: Enhancing State-Regional Partnerships: A Closer Look at Economic Development Districts & the CEDS

Across the country, there are nearly 400 federally-designated Economic Development Districts (EDDs) that promote economic development planning and project implementation in distressed urban, suburban, and rural regions. They provide important administrative, capacity building, and technical support to local communities and serve as an important convener for region-wide initiatives. EDDs also write and maintain their region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), a locally-based, regionally-driven economic development planning process and document. Developing a CEDS and having it approved by the US Economic Development Administration (EDA) opens the door to funding and deeper collaboration with federal and state partners.

This webinar, co-sponsored by the State International Development Organizations (SIDO)the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness / State Economic Development Executives (SEDE) Network, and the NADO Research Foundation was designed for state-level officials and staff to learn more about Economic Development Districts, the CEDS, and the value of forging strong partnership between states and EDDs. In the recording, you’ll hear from federal, state, and regional leaders about how collaboration at all levels can support economic resilience, wider prosperity, and long-term economic growth for your state.

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This webinar was delivered through the “Enhancing State and Local EDD Engagement to Support COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency” project prepared by the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) using Federal funds under award ED21HDQ3070060 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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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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