About NADO Membership

Why Become a NADO Member?

When you become a NADO member, you gain access to resources, tools, and information to help enhance and support your work. Your NADO membership gives you opportunities to network in person and virtually with thought leaders, peer organizations, and important stakeholders in the regional development realm. 

To become a NADO member, contact Krystal De Leon, NADO Operations Manager.

With questions about NADO membership levels and benefits, contact Brittany Salazar, NADO Meetings and Membership Manager.

Benefits all NADO members receive, regardless of membership level:

  • Targeted advocacy support and resources designed to amplify the importance of federal funding and programs that bolster community development, economic development, and programs and policies specific to RDOs 
  • Access to NADO publications including NADO News, a weekly newsletter that highlights new resources and the latest developments and updates in the regional economic and community development realm
  • National recognition through NADO’s awards program
  • Access to NADO Research Foundation publications, programs, and materials

  • Conference and webinar registration discounts
  • Access to peer networks through the NADO member portal and the NADO membership directory
  • Access to the NADO job board where you can post available job openings within your organization and view positions posted by other organizations
  • Access to resources including notifications of new grant opportunities, webinars and trainings, peer learning opportunities, and legislative updates

Standard NADO Membership

  • Levels of Standard NADO Membership: 
    • General, Sustaining, Platinum, Platinum Plus, Diamond
  • Eligibility for Standard NADO Membership
    • To be eligible for a Standard NADO Membership, you must be directly affiliated with a Regional Development Organization (RDO)

Affiliate NADO Membership

  • Levels of Affiliate NADO Membership: 
    • Associate and Partner
  • Eligibility for Affiliate NADO Membership
    • To be eligible for an Affiliate NADO Membership, you must be affiliated with a non-RDO organization or entity

What is an RDO?

RDOs are multi-jurisdictional, quasi-governmental organizations that provide planning and community development services to local governments.

The term RDO refers to a broad category of entities that may include:

  • Councils of Governments
  • Area Development Districts
  • Regional Development Commissions
  • Regional Planning Commissions
  • Regional Councils
  • Planning and Development Districts
  • Association of Governments
  • Economic Development Councils

Membership Levels and Fees

Standard NADO Membership Levels

Your level of NADO membership determines the number of benefits you receive.

To be eligible to become a Standard NADO Member, you must be directly affiliated with a Regional Development Organization (RDO).

General Members Sustaining Members Platinum Members Platinum Plus Members Diamond Members

Complimentary Webinar Registrations


Complimentary Job Postings in
NADO News and NADO.org


Complimentary Spouse/Guest Registrations
at the NADO Annual Training Conference


Complimentary Learning Labs or Mobile
Workshop Registrations at the NADO
Annual Training Conference


Annual Fee






Ready to join NADO?

Contact Krystal De Leon here.

Affiliate NADO Membership Levels

Your level of NADO membership determines the number of benefits you receive.

To be eligible to become a NADO Affiliate Member, you must be affiliated with an organization that is not a Regional Development Organization. 

Associate Members Partner Members

Complimentary Webinar Registrations


Complimentary Job Postings in
NADO News and NADO.org


Complimentary Spouse/Guest
Registrations at ATC


Annual Dues



Ready to join NADO?

Contact Krystal De Leon here.

Search NADO.org

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 and will receive the printed award certificates and other hardcopy materials should the project win an award.

Organization Address

Project Location (if different from Organization Address)

Executive Director

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]

Contact Melissa Levy

Contact Krishna Kunapareddy

Contact Andrew Coker

Contact Laura Gale

Contact Katie Allison

Contact Jack Morgan

Content Questions Form

Registration Questions Form

Hotel Questions Form

New Speaker Inquiry

Job Listing Inquiry

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.

Contact Danny Tomares

Contact Dion Thompson-Davoli

Contact Ciara Ristig

Contact Bret Allphin

Contact Brett Schwartz

Contact Carrie Kissel

Contact Scott Brown

Contact Jamie McCormick

Contact Joe McKinney

Contact Krystal De Leon

Contact Brittany Salazar

Contact Laurie Thompson

Contact Mirielle Burgoyne