[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 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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