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 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.