2012 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award

The NADO Research Foundation and RPO America have announced the 2012 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award-winning projects.  This is the sixth year that the program has honored projects for their innovation, effectiveness, and impact on communities throughout the nation.  The projects were recognized during a special networking reception at the 2012 National Rural Transportation Peer Learning Conference, which occurred April 25 – 27, in Burlington, Vermont.  This year, 18 projects from 10 states were recognized for their approaches to transportation planning and projects.  Read descriptions of all the projects in the awards booklet (PDF). For more information, visit www.RuralTransportation.org or contact NADO Associate Director Carrie Kissel at 202.624.8829 or [email protected].


Coastal Regional Commission of Georgia, Transportation for Everyday Life

River Valley Regional Commission, More Pedal-Less Metal: Urban Bicycling Initiative

Southern Georgia Regional Commission, Planning for Freight in Small MPOs


East Central Iowa Council of Governments, Comprehensive Regional Development Strategy

Region XII Council of Governments, Region XII Bike-Ped Roundtable Trail Count Initiative


South Central Planning and Development Commission, South Central Safe Community Partnership


Northern Maine Development Commission, Aroostook Rail Preservation

Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System and Greater Portland Council of Governments, 2009 PACTS Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission, Traffic Incident Operating Guidelines


Southwest Regional Development Commission, Wind Development Agreements


Missouri Association of Councils of Government, MACOG Transportation Planners Group


South West Tennessee Development District, City of Parsons Downtown Enhancement


East Texas Council of Governments, Awareness Branding Campaign

East Texas Council of Governments, Regional Mobility Guide

Killeen-Temple Metropolitan Planning Organization and Central Texas Council of Governments, Copperas Cove Bypass Project


Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission, Rural Highway Department Management Program

Vermont Association of Planning and Development Agencies, Lessons Learned from Irene: RPC Involvement in the Recovery of Vermont’s Transportation Network


New River Valley Planning District Commission, Regional Bikeway, Walkway, Blueway Plan

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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.

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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.

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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.

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