Webinar Recording & Slides: An Overview of Planning for a More Resilient Future: A Guide to Regional Approaches

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On December 3, 2015, the NADO Research Foundation hosted a webinar that showcased our new publication and online resource guide, Planning for a More Resilient Future: A Guide to Regional Approaches.

The report summarizes the rapidly-growing body of research on resilience, describing the main ideas that are driving policy and practice across the country and examining current thinking on regional and economic resilience. It includes examples of ways to approach planning for resilience, a primer on the expansive federal policy framework which determines the priorities for funding resilience initiatives, and describes the current state of philanthropic engagement in resilience efforts.

The webinar provided an overview of the report and showcased an example of a regional development organization that is pro-actively working towards a more resilient future for their region.

The author of the publication, Brian Dabson Director of the Institute of Public Policy and Associate Dean of the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri shared his research on the evolution of resilience policy and practice and provided a brief overview of the report and online resource guide.

Catherine Ratte’, Principal Planner and Section Manager with Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) shared examples of how her organization is pursuing resilience through a variety of planning initiatives.  PVPC was recently featured in our Lessons from the Storm Case Study Series for their economic recovery work after tornadoes devastated parts of Southwestern Massachusetts in 2011.

Click here for the webinar PowerPoint slides (PDF).


Contact NADO Research Foundation Program Manager, Sara James at [email protected] with any questions.

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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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