For 29 years, NADO’s annual Innovation Award program has honored members who have made significant impacts on their regions through innovative approaches to problem solving and program delivery. We are pleased to announce that the 2015 class of award recipients includes 115 impressive projects from 32 states!
NADO congratulates the 2015 Innovation Award-winning projects. These projects showcase creative approaches to regional community and economic development that strengthen regions throughout the nation. We applaud their efforts and impact!
This year, in partnership with Esri, NADO is pleased to present a virtual learning tool about the Innovation Award winners. The 2015 Innovation Award Story Map allows users to see the geographic distribution of the award-winning projects, sort the projects by topic area, and click on individual pins on the Story Map to learn about each project. We highly encourage you to check it out and share with project partners and other stakeholders throughout your region:
Joe McKinney has served as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations since 2012. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Land of Sky Regional Council in Asheville, North Carolina from 2003 to 2012. Under his leadership, Land of Sky became recognized nationally for its innovation in program areas including planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, aging services, volunteer services, and geographic information systems. Joe has also held various other roles in city, county, association, and government management. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.