Congratulations to the 2016 NADO Innovation Awards recipients! Each year, the Innovation Awards program honors NADO members for their creative approaches to advancing regional community and economic development and improved quality of life. These projects have made significant impacts on their regions and demonstrate the diversity of services and program delivery provided by regional development organizations across the country.
The projects were recognized at a special reception during NADO’s 2016 Annual Training Conference held October 15-18 in San Antonio, TX and are also featured in an interactive online Story Map created by our partners at Esri. For additional information, contact NADO Research Foundation Program Manager Brett Schwartz at [email protected].
For more information, contact NADO Research Foundation Associate Director Brett Schwartz at [email protected]
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.