NADO Announces the 2018 Innovation Awards

Congratulations to the 2020 Aliceann Wohlbruck NADO Impact Awards recipients!  The Impact Awards program honors NADO members for their creative approaches to advancing regional 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 2020 class of awardees consists of 79 projects from 48 organizations spanning 19 states.  All projects are highlighted in an interactive Story Map, available here.

The 2021 class of awardees consists of 102 projects from 70 organizations spanning 24 states.  Click here to view a StoryMap that highlights the stories behind each of these projects.

For more information, contact NADO Research Foundation Associate Director Brett Schwartz at [email protected]

2018 NADO Innovation Awards Recipient

Alaska

  • Southeast Conference, Southeast Alaska 2020 Economic Plan

Arkansas

  • Western Arkansas Planning & Development District, Tyson Foods Logan County Career Center

Arizona

  • Northern Arizona Council of Governments, NACOG Regional Strategic Highway Safety Study

California

  • Sonoma County Economic Development Board, #GoSoCo Shop Local

Colorado

  • Region 9 Economic Development District of SW Colorado, San Juan County Recovery Coordinator

Florida

  • Central Florida Regional Planning Council, Central Florida Regional Planning Council Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
  • Central Florida Regional Planning Council & Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, South Florida Avenue Complete Street Charrette and Master Plan
  • Central Florida Regional Planning Council / Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization, Highlands Transit Plan
  • East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, Orange County Food Production Strategic Plan
  • East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, West Lakes Health Impact Assessment
  • East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, Minton Road Town Center Mobility Plan
  • North Central Florida Regional Planning Council, North Central Florida Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team
  • Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, Tampa Interstate Study Economic and Fiscal Impact Analysis
  • Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council Hazardous Materials Training Program 2018

Georgia

  • Coastal Regional Commission, Joint Addressing Ordinance and Manual
  • Coastal Regional Commission, Coastal Regional Commission Partnering for Jobs
  • Georgia Association of Regional Commissions, GARC Trails of Georgia Story Map
  • Georgia Association of Regional Commissions, Georgia LiDAR Program
  • Georgia Mountains Regional Commission, Atlanta Highway Corridor Study
  • Georgia Mountains Regional Commission, Diana Food Infrastructure Project
  • Georgia Mountains Regional Commission – Workforce Development, GED Career Pathways
  • Middle Georgia Regional Commission, Middle Georgia Parcel Work Order System (PWOS)
  • Middle Georgia Regional Commission, Macon-Bibb County, Georgia Tindall Fields Community
  • Northwest Georgia Regional Commission, Northwest Georgia Healthcare Initiative
  • Northwest Georgia Regional Commission, Northwest Georgia Rural Broadband Advisory Committee
  • River Valley Regional Commission, Montezuma Multi-Phase Infrastructure Improvements
  • River Valley Regional Commission, Reaching the Economic Potential for the River Valley Region
  • Southern Georgia Regional Commission, Southern Georgia Regional Commission’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Southern Georgia Regional Commission, Downtown Tifton Pedestrian & Bicycle Connectivity Plan

Iowa

  • East Central Iowa Council of Governments, Cedar Rapids to Iowa City Express Bus
  • East Central Iowa Council of Governments, Indian Creek Soil Health Partnership

Kentucky

  • Purchase Area Development District, WAVE: Promoting Economic Development in West Kentucky’s River Counties

Louisiana

  • Acadiana Planning Commission, Acadiana Regional Watershed Initiative
  • South Central Planning and Development Commission, MyGovernmentOnline’s GPS and RFID Based Asset System

Maine

  • Northern Maine Development Commission, Aroostook County Tourism Social Media Marketing

Minnesota

  • Region Five Development Commission, The Good Life…for ALL!!!
  • Region Nine Development Commission, Rural Equity Project

Mississippi

  • Central Mississippi Planning and Development District, Yazoo City City Hall Renovation
  • East Central Planning and Development District, Biewer-Sawmill Infrastructure Improvements
  • East Central Planning and Development District, Meridian Velma Young Community Center
  • Northeast Mississippi Planning & Development District, Public Sewer Improvements
  • Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development District, Tishomingo County/G & G Steel, Inc. Building Expansion
  • Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development District, Hickory Flat Attendance Center Technology Improvements
  • South Delta Planning and Development District, Electrical Lineman Training Building
  • Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District, Sector Strategy Plan

Missouri

  • Boonslick Regional Planning Commission, Collaboration at its Best in Boonslick
  • Meramec Regional Planning Commission, Rehabilitation through Innovation
  • Southwest Missouri Council of Governments, Housing Inventory & Property Maintenance Code Review

North Carolina

  • Albemarle Commission, Northeastern Workforce Development Board’s NextGen Career Cafes
  • Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments, Pathways to Prosperity
  • Land of Sky Regional Council, WestNGN Broadband Initiative
  • Land of Sky Regional Council, The Asheville Terrace Community Health Worker Project
  • Land of Sky Regional Council, Upskill WNC
  • Piedmont Triad Regional Council, Triad Tomorrow – Building Our Communities For Tomorrow’s Jobs
  • Piedmont Triad Regional Council, Disc Golf: A Work-based Learning Initiative
  • Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments, UCPCOG Regional Education Opportunity Facilities Program
  • Western Piedmont Council of Governments, Burke County Quality of Life Explorer
  • Western Piedmont Council of Governments, NEXTGen Hiring Event

 Oregon

  • Northeast Oregon Economic Development District, Advancing DEI in Northeast Oregon Non-Profits

Pennsylvania

  • North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, North Central 2045 Long Range Transportation Story Journal

South Carolina

  • Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments, Hospitality on Peninsula (HOP)
  • Catawba Regional Council of Governments, 2018 Catawba Regional Housing Assessment
  • Catawba Regional Council of Governments, ARC/GIS Application Development for Local Governments
  • Lowcountry Council of Governments, Walterboro Works
  • Lower Savannah Council of Governments, Summer Youth Jumpstart Program
  • Lower Savannah Council of Governments, Dementia Dialogues®
  • Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments, Beating Blight: Sumter and Camden’s Neighborhood Initiative Program
  • Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments, Tomorrow Together: The City of Manning’s Comprehensive Plan
  • Upper Savannah Council of Governments, County and Municipal Clerks Training Workshops
  • Upper Savannah Council of Governments, Graduates Preparing for Success
  • Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments, Murrells Inlet Stormwater Demonstration Project
  • Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments, Working Wednesday

Tennessee

  • First Tennessee Development District, CareerQuest TN….It’s All About Business
  • Southwest Tennessee Development District, Strong Communities Program

Texas

  • Alamo Area Council of Governments, Military & Veterans Programs
  • Alamo Area Council of Governments, Regional Law Enforcement Academy Programs
  • Alamo Area Council of Governments, Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Program
  • Capital Area Council of Governments, Disaster Resiliency & Recovery in the Texas Capital Area
  • Heart of Texas Council of Governments, Heart of Texas Regional Citizen Corps
  • Panhandle Regional Planning Commission, Potter County Strategic Plan

Virginia

  • New River Valley Regional Commission, Bus Stop Safety and Accessibility Studies
  • New River Valley Regional Commission, River Center Action Plan
  • Richmond Regional Planning District Commission, Pulse Corridor Planning
  • Richmond Regional Planning District Commission, Central Virginia Emergency Management Alliance Survivor Day
  • Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, Regional Study on Transportation Project Prioritization for Economic Development and Growth

Vermont

  • Lamoille County Planning Commission, The Boardwalk at Barnes Camp in Smugglers’ Notch, Stowe VT
  • Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission, Tropical Storm Irene Flood Buyouts
  • Vermont Association of Planning and Development Agencies, Municipal Roads Grants In Aid Pilot Project

Washington

  • Benton-Franklin Council of Governments, Connell Rail Interchange

West Virginia 

  • Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council, Apprenticeship Training Pilot Program

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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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