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 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.