The Resources for Transitioning Economies website is a resource portal containing information on economic diversification. The resources on this site were produced by public, private and nonprofit organizations, and can be accessed and used by any county, community or region seeking to diversify and strengthen its local economy. Resources are divided into different categories: publications, tools and training, funding and organizations. Content is updated regularly as new resources are produced and made available by organizations across the country and the world.

The site was developed in 2015 as part of a cooperative agreement (no. 99-06-07572) between the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), with support from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation. The centerpiece of this initiative is a series of three workshops to be held in 2015. This resource portal is a companion to those workshops. To learn more about the workshops, visit www.naco.org/innovationchallenge.

NACo is responsible for updating and maintaining the site. All images on this site come from featured organization logos and websites, publications produced by featured organizations, Creative Commons and NACo.


The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. Founded in 1935, NACo assists America’s 3,069 counties in pursuing excellence in public service to produce healthy, vibrant, safe and resilient counties. NACo promotes sound public policies, fosters county solutions and innovation, promotes intergovernmental and public-private collaboration and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money.

Go to NACo.org

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.

Go to NADO.org

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) leads the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, and preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. As the only federal government agency focused exclusively on economic development, the EDA plays a critical role in fostering regional economic development efforts in communities across the nation. Through strategic investments that foster job creation and attract private investment, EDA supports development in economically distressed areas of the United States.

Go to EDA.gov