Recording Now Available for Tennessee Community and Economic Development Case Studies Webinar

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On Wednesday, April 16, the NADO Research Foundation hosted a webinar showcasing case studies in community and economic development throughout Tennessee that are featured in the new Tennessee Regions’ Roundtable Network publication, “Navigating our Future:  Best Practices Case Studies from the Tennessee Regions’ Roundtable Network.”

The outstanding achievements showcased in the publication come from across the three regions of the state: West, Middle, and East Tennessee. Diverse in both geography and character, these three grand divisions boast their own cultural, historic, natural, and economic assets, and each faces its own opportunities and challenges. Over twenty case studies demonstrate a wide range of projects in urban, suburban, and rural Tennessee, including regional initiatives, neighborhood and corridor revitalization, historic preservation, multi-modal transportation investments, entrepreneurship and small business development initiatives, tourism strategies, and others.


Bridget Jones, Executive Director, Cumberland Region Tomorrow
John Zeanah, Program Manager, Mid-South Regional Greenprint & Sustainability Plan
Joe Barker, Executive Director, Southwest Tennessee Development District
Lisa Hankins, REDI Director, Southwest Tennessee Development District
Leigh McClure, Special Projects Coordinator, Southeast Tennessee Development District
Chuck Hammonds, Assistant Executive Director, Southeast Tennessee Development District
Amy Brooks, Senior Transportation Planner, Knoxville Transportation Planning Organization

Brett Schwartz, Program Manager, NADO Research Foundation

This webinar is supported through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Highway Administration.  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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