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 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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