NADO sponsors two annual award programs to nationally recognize the impressive efforts of regional development organizations. Both awards provide an excellent opportunity for members to promote their successes to a national audience and with their regional and local partners. Applicants must be members of NADO, and projects must show substantial quantitative or qualitative results in your region.

Aliceann Wohlbruck NADO Impact Award

The Aliceann Wohlbruck NADO Impact Award (formerly the Innovation Award) honors significant advances in community and economic development, including but not limited to small business finance, energy and infrastructure projects, housing and human services, sustainable development, workforce development, and more.

Information about past years’ award winners are available below:

The Excellence in Regional Transportation Award

The Excellence in Regional Transportation Award, a program of NADO’s RPO America and the NADO Research Foundation’s Center for Transportation Advancement and Regional Development, recognizes noteworthy projects and practices in rural and small metropolitan transportation planning, programming, and service delivery.

  • Congratulations to the 2020 Excellence Award winners!
    Learn more about the winning projects.
  • For more information about the Excellence Award program click here
  • Read the 2019 Award Snapshot on a winning project: City of Williamsburg, Kentucky Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
  • For more information about the Excellence in Regional Transportation Award, please contact Carrie Kissel at ckissel @