Excellence in Regional Transportation Award

The Excellence in Regional Transportation Award, a program of NADO’s RPO America and the NADO Research Foundation, recognizes noteworthy projects and practices in rural, small metropolitan, and larger areas that help meet regional needs through various program areas. These include: 

  • bicycle and pedestrian planning
  • air quality equity
  • project implementation
  • public involvement
  • safety
  • transit

Applications are generally due in the spring, or around 2-3 months prior to the National Regional Transportation Conference.  Please check back for application instructions. 


The lead applicant must be a NADO member. However, If multiple organizations collaborated on a project, they may apply jointly. Organizations may submit up to three projects. 

Projects must show substantive quantitative or qualitative results.

For a competitive application, address one or more of the following issues in the application: 

  • uniqueness/level of innovation compared to current state of the practice
  • regional impact
  • ability to be replicated
  • long-term viability of the program and its impact
  • innovative partnerships and collaborations; and
  • creative funding.

Award winners are recognized at a roundtable networking reception during the National Regional Transportation Conference. 

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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.

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