“RDOs: Supporting Water Infrastructure & Improving Quality of Life” Webinar Recording

Every day, regional development organizations (RDOs) are working to improve the lives of residents in communities across the country. Known locally as councils of governments, regional planning commissions, economic development districts, and other names, RDOs provide various types of support to their member communities in a host of service areas. RDOs can open the door to grant and loan funding, provide administrative support, and supply valuable staff support and access to technology. For rural places in particular, they can play a critical role in towns that may have limited capacity and resources.

This webinar provided an overview of RDOs and shares case studies of RDOs in action across the country supporting their region’s water systems.  This work is often times behind the scenes and out of the limelight and includes facilitating access to funding, data collection and mapping, supporting regionalization, and promoting broader general economic development.  The case studies featured are projects from small communities in New Mexico and Georgia that are supporting low-income communities, enhancing quality of life, and improving public health for local residents.


PDF Presentation slides: (Schwartz/Lucero) / (McCarthy – Part 1 / Part 2)

The NADO Research Foundation is a partner organization in the Smart Management for Small Water Systems project, a collaborative effort between the members of the Environmental Finance Center Network, the NADO Research Foundation, and the Government Finance Officers Association.

This project is made possible through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The information presented above does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of US EPA or the partnering organizations.

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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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