Here are the announcements for today!
  1. NADO Announces Opening of the 2018 Competition for Innovation Awards

    • The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) provides advocacy, education, research, and training for the nation’s regional development organizations. The association and its members promote regional strategies, partnerships, and solutions to strengthen the economic competitiveness and quality of life across America’s local communities. Each year, NADO recognizes member organizations that demonstrate innovative approaches to regional economic and community development through its Innovation Awards program.  Over 1,500 NADO member projects have been recognized since 1986 for their creative efforts in advancing regional economic development and improved quality of life.  The breadth and scope of the winning projects is impressive and far-reaching and illustrates the important role NADO members have in supporting regional development.  Previous award-winning projects have showcased innovative efforts in a variety of program areas including business and economic development, community health initiatives, emergency planning, brownfields, sustainability, technology, transportation, workforce development, and many others. NADO has opened the 2018 competition for the Innovation Awards.  Applications are due by July 20. See "Related Content #1"

  2. The State of STEM: Defining the Landscape to Determine High-Impact Pathways for the Future Workforce

    • STEMconnector has released new research on the forces and factors that underlie the STEM talent gap, providing direction for further investment by industry, higher education, government, and nonprofits to eliminate barriers to opportunity for individuals across the STEM talent pipeline. The first-of-its kind report, delivers a comprehensive view of the STEM ecosystem, identifying major players in the space for the purpose of fostering cross-sector collaboration to solve talent challenges. The first in a series of releases, the State of STEM report offers recommended areas of focus for practice and investment to address the gaps in STEM talent. Subsequent planned releases include case studies of cross-sector partnerships, white papers focused on specific topics such as building the business case for K-8 STEM investments, and tools to guide investment and practice such as a data bank and an interactive ecosystem map. See "Related Content #2"