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 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.

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