Early Bird Registration for the National Regional Transportation Conference Ends Soon
This year, National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) and Rural Planning Organizations America (PRO America) are co-hosting the 4th National Summit on Rural Road Safety with the National Center for Rural Road Safety. This joint event will feature the usual multimodal rural/small metro transportation peer training content from NADO’s National Regional Transportation Conference plus special content specific to rural safety issues. Join your peers at the summit in Oklahoma City, September 12-14, 2023, or virtually. Early bird registration for in-person attendees ends on August 18. Registration rates will increase $100 after the 18th. 

10 reasons not to miss the National Summit on Rural Road Safety:

  1. Talk directly with U.S Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration representatives about the popular Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grants and other programs.

  2. Learn how states and their regional partners are working together on transportation planning and on implementing programs from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

  3. Share resources, information, and strategies to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

  4. Networking opportunities with other state/regional/tribal transportation and development planners, transit professionals, as well as safety practitioners from a range of stakeholder organizations around the country.

  5. Throughout the conference, attendees can take advantage of one-on-one or small group office hours with subject matter experts on a whole range of topics related to rural transportation issues.

  6. Amp up your rural and small metro public involvement efforts in an interactive workshop.

  7. Learn about data resources and data collection strategies for rural and small metro communities and regions.

  8. Share strategies for convening partners and building coalitions on rural transportation issues.

  9. Discuss emerging issues and trends related to a range of transportation modes, including bicycle and pedestrian, rural transit and mobility, freight, and more.

  10. Take home information to use in your rural and small metro region on transportation planning, programs, and service delivery.

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2023 Impact Awards

The primary applicant must be a NADO member. Project partners, both NADO and non-members, can be recognized under "Project Partners" below.

Primary Project Contact:
This person will be the designated point of contact for all future awards-related correspondence.

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Additional Organizational Information
Please upload your organization's logo which will be included on the winning project award certificate.

Project Information
This title will be printed on the award certificate for winning projects and in all 2022 NADO Impact Award materials and cannot be changed.

Project Summary & Questions
Please craft clear, thoughtful, and engaging responses to the following questions. Use the following sections to tell us how your project has made an impact, such as its use of creative funding mechanisms, efforts to create efficiencies or reduce costs, unique partnership models, and emphasis on building resilience and/or enhancing your region's quality of life.

For award-winning projects, the information provided below may be used verbatim to inform project descriptions that will be published in the 2023 NADO Impact Awards materials and included on the NADO website.

Please submit at least one photo showing your project in action. Please keep file size to a minimum (<2Mb) and use JPEG format. If uploading multiple files, ZIP files prior to submitting. If you have trouble uploading images they can be directly emailed to Brett Schwartz at [email protected]. Include the project title they correspond to in the subject line of your email.

Note: Submitted photos may be used in NADO Impact Awards materials and in other NADO published materials with credit to your organization. Please also consider submitting photos for NADO's 2023 Photo Contest, which will be held this summer.

Your application is not submitted until you are directed to a confirmation page. If you have any questions or are unsure if your application has been submitted, please contact Brett Schwartz at [email protected]

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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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