[Webinar Recording]: Unleashing the Economic Power of Small-Scale Manufacturing

Retail is shrinking, storefronts sit empty, and residents are underemployed. You know that the demand for retail and office space is changing, but you’re not sure what comes next. You worry about how to keep your youth from leaving town because they can’t get good paying jobs. This webinar explored how supporting small-scale manufacturing in your region can address some of these challenges by creating new opportunities for residents and fostering a sense of place and hometown pride.

Learn how communities across the country are working with small-scale manufacturing businesses to help increase local employment, attract investment into target neighborhoods, and build inclusive economic opportunity. You’ll also hear about the benefits of incorporating small-scale manufacturing initiatives into your regional economic development and workforce development planning efforts.

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This webinar is presented through NADO’s Stronger CEDS, Stronger Regions program, funded through a generous grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.  Please contact Brett Schwartz 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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