2017 Excellence in Regional Transportation Awards Announced

Text set over image of rural road. Text says "Congratulations 2017 Excellence in Regional Transportation Awards"Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Excellence in Regional Transportation Awards!  These organizations will be recognized at a special roundtable reception during the 2017 National Regional Transportation Conference, occurring June 28 – 30 in Denver, Colorado.  The 2017 awardees include:

  • State Route 89 Mousehole Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvement Project, Nevada County Transportation Commission and Town of Truckee (California)
  • Strategic Planning for the Gulf to Gadsden Freight Logistics Zone, Apalachee Regional Planning Council (Florida)
  • Interactive Project Priorities and Long Range Transportation Plans, West Florida Regional Planning Council (Florida)
  • Using Transit to Support Economic Development and Tourism on an Island Resort, Coastal Regional Commission (Georgia)
  • Restoring Critical Transit Services in and Emergency Capacity, River Valley Regional Commission (Georgia)
  • River Valley Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan 2016, River Valley Regional Commission (Georgia)
  • Smarter Travel Study, East Central Intergovernmental Association (Iowa)
  • CorridorRides, East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) (Iowa)
  • Lakes Region Explorer Bus Service, Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) (Maine)
  • Great Falls AgriTech Park, Great Falls Development Authority (Montana)
  • Triangle Area Rural Planning Organization Bicycle & Pedestrian Planning Framework, Triangle J Council of Governments (North Carolina)
  • Partners in Planning, South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (Oklahoma)
  • Alamo Regional Rural Planning Organization (ARRPO) 10-20 Year Plan, Alamo Area Council of Governments (Texas)
  • RGV Driver Transit Academy, Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council: Valley Metro (Texas)
  • Regional Rural Transit Planning, South Plains Association of Governments (Texas)
  • Plainfield, VT – Village Bridges Alternatives Analysis, Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (Vermont)
  • Construction of Municipal Trailheads and Wayfinding Signs for the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail in Vermont, Lamoille County Planning Commission (Vermont)
  • A to B Mobility Project – Transportation Coordination and Services in and around Southern Windsor County, Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (Vermont)
  • 2016 Regional Active Transportation Plan, Benton-Franklin Council of Governments (Washington)



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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.

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