NADO Announces the 2020 Impact 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]

2020 NADO Impact Awards Recipient

Arizona

  • Northern Arizona Council of Governments, 2020-2025 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Update

Arkansas

  • Western Arkansas Planning & Development District, Flood Prevention through 911 Addressing
  • Western Arkansas Planning & Development District, May 2019 Arkansas River Valley Flood

Colorado

  • Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado, Colorado Microloan Fund Statewide Collaboration

Florida

  • Apalachee Regional Planning Council, 850 Hemp Summits: Tallahassee and Marianna
  • Central Florida Regional Planning Council, City of Fort Meade Economic Development & Disaster Resiliency Plan
  • East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, East Central Florida Food Assets Inventory
  • East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, Green Infrastructure Adaptation Plan for the Town of Melbourne Beach
  • East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, Central Florida’s US&R TF4 MobEx 2019
  • North Central Florida Regional Planning Council, Middle and Lower Suwannee River and Withlacoochee River Task Force
  • Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, Citrus County Local Mitigation Strategy
  • Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, Hernando County Local Mitigation Strategy
  • Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, The Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition (TBRRC)

Georgia

  • Central Savannah River Area Regional Commission, CSRA Transportation Sales Tax 2022-2032
  • Coastal Regional Commission of Georgia, Community of Faith and Opportunity
  • Coastal Regional Commission of Georgia, Bike+Walk Coastal Georgia 2020
  • Georgia Mountains Regional Commission, City of Dahlonega Parks and Trails Study
  • Georgia Mountains Regional Commission, Apprenticeship 101
  • Georgia Mountains Regional Commission, ROUTE 180
  • Middle Georgia Regional Commission, Brosnan Yard Locomotive Conversions
  • Middle Georgia Regional Commission, Prior Learning Assessments for Transitioning Service Members
  • Northwest Georgia Regional Commission, COVID-19 Outreach Project
  • River Valley Regional Commission, Columbus Local Food System Initiative
  • Southern Georgia Regional Commission, The SGRC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information HUB
  • Southern Georgia Regional Commission, Douglas Sidewalk Master Plan
  • Southern Georgia Regional Commission, Model Ordinances Workshop
  • Three Rivers Regional Commission, TRRC Grant Writing Assistance – LaGrange CDBG Innovative Grant Program
  • Three Rivers Regional Commission, Three Rivers Aging and Behavioral Health Collaborative Meeting
  • Three Rivers Regional Commission, Correction Facility Welding Program

Iowa

  • Region XII Council of Governments, Summit Ridge

Maine

  • Eastern Maine Development Corporation, Maine’s Connecting with Opportunities Initiative

Michigan

  • Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning and Development Commission, EUP CEDS 2020 5-Year Plan
  • Networks Northwest, Target Market Analysis

Minnesota

  • Region Five Development Commission, RxCSA/VetCSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Program

Mississippi

  • Central Mississippi Planning & Development District, Mississippi Center for Emergency Services
  • East Central Planning and Development District, East Central Community College Hazard Mitigation Plan 2020
  • Northeast Mississippi Planning & Development District, Marshall County-Chickasaw Trails Industrial Park Improvements
  • Northeast Mississippi Planning & Development District, Tishomingo County Northrop Grumman Public Infrastructure Improvements
  • Northeast Mississippi Planning & Development District, Marshall County Workforce Training Center

Missouri

  • Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission, Innovative Regional Collaboration – SET VI and CEDS

New Mexico

  • Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments, Prewitt Industrial Park Master Plan & Design

North Carolina

  • Eastern Carolina Council of Governments, Elder Abuse Awareness Campaigns
  • Eastern Carolina Council of Governments, Regional Dementia Education and Supportive Training
  • Eastern Carolina Council of Governments, Assistive Technology AAA Program
  • Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments, Focus 20/20: A Regional Economic Development Summit
  • Land of Sky Regional Council, Age-friendly Buncombe County
  • Land of Sky Regional Council, Utility Cost Control Strategies during COVID-19
  • Land of Sky Regional Council, Accelerating Apprenticeship in WNC
  • Lumber River Council of Governments, The Real World
  • Lumber River Council of Governments, Lumber River Regional Senior Games
  • Lumber River Council of Governments, Asset Inventory Assessments
  • Mid-East Commission, Assessment and Evaluation of Key Components of the Bertie County Emergency Operations Plan
  • Piedmont Triad Regional Council, Community Development/Housing Service Delivery Continuity During COVID-19
  • Piedmont Triad Regional Council, COVID-19 Economic Recovery Strategy for the Piedmont Triad – Workplace Restart and NCTriad.com
  • Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments, Five Points Tiny House Community
  • Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments, West Fraser Seaboard Connection Project
  • Western Piedmont Council of Governments, Henry Fork and Jacob Fork Watershed Conservation Plan
  • Western Piedmont Council of Governments, Stormwater Planning and Administration
  • Western Piedmont Council of Governments, Hickory Trail Economic Impact Analysis

Ohio

  • Buckeye Hills Regional Council, Regional Broadband Feasibility Study

Oregon

  • Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, Economic Resiliency Resources
  • Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, Gorge TransLink Website Project

South Carolina

  • Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments, Beach Reach
  • Catawba Regional Council of Governments, City of Tega Cay 2025 Comprehensive Plan Update
  • Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments, Breaking Down Silos
  • Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments, Virtual Service Delivery and High Performing Center Designation during COVID-19
  • Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments, Pivoting in a Pandemic
  • Upper Savannah Council of Governments, Town of Ridge Spring Town Square Plaza

Texas

  • Alamo Area Council of Governments, AACOG Texas Property Assessed Clean Energy
  • Alamo Area Council of Governments, Blanket Intergovernmental Support Agreement (IGSA)
  • Brazos Valley Council of Governments, Personal Protective Equipment Distribution for the Brazos Valley
  • Brazos Valley Council of Governments, Mobilizing Regional Workforce to Combat COVID-19 in the Brazos Valley
  • Brazos Valley Council of Governments, Brazos Valley Council of Governments’ Bridge Loan Program
  • Heart of Texas Council of Governments, AAAHOT Grocery Distribution Program
  • South Plains Association of Governments, Lamb County: Economic Recovery Via Infrastructure Improvements
  • Texoma Council of Governments, Texoma Senior Sourcebook

Virginia

  • Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission, Cumberland Plateau Broadband/Point Broadband Public/Private WiFi Hotspot Program
  • New River Valley Regional Commission, Town of Christiansburg Placemaking Plan

West Virginia

  • Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Planning and Development Council, Foundation Loan Program

For more information about the NADO Impact Awards, click here.
To learn more about  previous award-winning projects, click here.

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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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