2023 Excellence in Regional Transportation
Award Recipients

NADO and RPO America are pleased to announce the 2023 Excellence in Regional Transportation Awards. The awards program honors and recognizes noteworthy projects and practices in rural, small metropolitan, and other regions that help meet regional needs through various program areas related to transportation, mobility, goods movement, planning and analysis, and more. The 2023 award winners include:

Western Arkansas Planning and Development District, SMILIES Rideshare

Southern Georgia Regional Commission, VLMPO Electric Vehicle Readiness Strategy & Hahira Studies

Greater Egypt Regional Planning & Development Commission, Greater Egypt Safety Study & Greater Egypt Regional Safety Study for Rural Municipalities

East Central Intergovernmental Association/Regional Planning Affiliation 8, Rural County Transportation Program

10-15 Transit/Southern Iowa Public Transportation, Veteran’s Transport 

Southwest Missouri Council of Governments, Bolivar, MO Active Transportation Plan 

Mid-Minnesota Development Commission, Free Fare Farmer’s Market Shuttle

North Carolina
Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition, PoleVolt Curbside Electric Vehicle Charging Project

New Mexico
Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments, Prewitt – Milan Transportation Master Plan

Grand Gateway Economic Development Association, PICK Transportation

Southwest Oklahoma Regional Transportation Planning Organization/South Western Oklahoma Development Authority, Southwest Oklahoma Regional Multi Modal Transportation Plan

Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, Gorge Regional Transit Strategy

Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, Environmental Impacts of Long Range Transportation Planning in Northwest Pennsylvania

South Carolina
Appalachian Council of Governments, SC Highway 11 Corridor Study

East Texas Council of Governments, Bridging the Transit Gaps with GoBus

Heart of Texas Council of Governments, HOTCOG Rural Transit District is Singing the BLUEs

Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments, Southeast Utah Transit Planning

Congratulations to these NADO award-winning member organizations and their partners!

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Applications cannot be saved and returned to at a later time. It is recommended you compile all of your information in advance in a word processor and cut and paste into the application below.

2023 Impact Awards

The primary applicant must be a NADO member. Project partners, both NADO and non-members, can be recognized under "Project Partners" below.

Primary Project Contact:
This person will be the designated point of contact for all future awards-related correspondence.

Organization Address

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Additional Organizational Information
Please upload your organization's logo which will be included on the winning project award certificate.

Project Information
This title will be printed on the award certificate for winning projects and in all 2022 NADO Impact Award materials and cannot be changed.

Project Summary & Questions
Please craft clear, thoughtful, and engaging responses to the following questions. Use the following sections to tell us how your project has made an impact, such as its use of creative funding mechanisms, efforts to create efficiencies or reduce costs, unique partnership models, and emphasis on building resilience and/or enhancing your region's quality of life.

For award-winning projects, the information provided below may be used verbatim to inform project descriptions that will be published in the 2023 NADO Impact Awards materials and included on the NADO website.

Please submit at least one photo showing your project in action. Please keep file size to a minimum (<2Mb) and use JPEG format. If uploading multiple files, ZIP files prior to submitting. If you have trouble uploading images they can be directly emailed to Brett Schwartz at [email protected]. Include the project title they correspond to in the subject line of your email.

Note: Submitted photos may be used in NADO Impact Awards materials and in other NADO published materials with credit to your organization. Please also consider submitting photos for NADO's 2023 Photo Contest, which will be held this summer.

Your application is not submitted until you are directed to a confirmation page. If you have any questions or are unsure if your application has been submitted, please contact Brett Schwartz at [email protected]

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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.

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