Congratulations to the 2017 NADO Innovation Awards recipients! Each year, the Innovation Awards program honors NADO members for their creative approaches to advancing regional community and 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 projects will be recognized at a special reception during NADO’s 2017 Annual Training Conference, scheduled for September 9-12 in Anchorage, AK and are featured in an interactive online Story Map created by our partners at Esri. For additional information, contact NADO Research Foundation Program Manager Brett Schwartz at [email protected].
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]
The 2017 class of award recipients consists of 80 projects spanning 21 states:
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.