[Webinar Recording]: Supporting Inclusive Economic Development in EDD’s COVID-19 Recovery

Recently, the US Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced a new project funding New Growth Innovation Network (NGIN) and sub-awardee NADO Research Foundation (NADO RF) to promote inclusive growth strategies for the national network of Economic Development Districts (EDDs).  This webinar described how the project will support a National Community of Practice and provide technical assistance to six EDDs on integrating inclusive economic development strategies into their COVID-19 recovery. This session also shared more about the benefits of inclusive economic growth and how these models – which equitably engage all individuals and assets in the community – can lead to stronger recovery and greater regional competitiveness.

EDDs interested in applying to receive direct technical assistance should e-mail [email protected] by 5/31/21.


  • Ryan M. Smith, Research and National Technical Assistance Coordinator, Performance and National Programs, Economic Development Administration, US Department of Commerce
  • Yasmina McCarty,  CEO & President, New Growth Innovation Network
  • Brett Schwartz, Associate Director, NADO Research Foundation

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This webinar is presented as part of a project funded through a grant from the U.S. Economic Development AdministrationU.S. Department of Commerce.  The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the presenters 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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