2022 Impact Awards Recipients

Congratulations to the 2022 Aliceann Wohlbruck NADO Impact Awards recipients!  The annual Impact Awards program honors NADO members for their creative approaches to advancing regional economic development and improving 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 2022 class of awardees consists of 107 projects from 71 organizations spanning 28 states.  These projects will be recognized on October 17 at NADO’s Annual Training Conference in Pittsburgh, PAClick here to explore our awards StoryMap to to learn more about these projects

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Click the image to explore the 2022 NADO Awards StoryMap and learn more about each of the award-winning projects

  • Alabama            
    Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments, AEMA Division F Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan
    West Alabama Regional Commission, BE WELL West Alabama Healthcare Locator Map

  • Arizona
    Rural Transportation Advocacy Council, Rural Transportation Priority Project Legislation

  • Florida 
    Apalachee Regional Planning Council, Cycle the Arts
    Central Florida Regional Planning Council, City of Lakeland’s Comprehensive Plan: Our Community 2030
    Central Florida Regional Planning Council, Harde County Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails Master Plan
    East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, Southeast Volusia Economic Development Strategic Plan
    East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, Partnership for the Goals
    East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, Pipeline Emergency Response Initiative (PERI)
    North Central Florida Regional Planning Council, Gainesville Metropolitan Area Multimodal Level of Service Report
    Northeast Florida Regional Council, 2022 Overdose Summit
    South Florida Regional Planning Council, The Southeast Florida Clean Cities Coalition
    Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, An Industrial Land Strategy for Pasco County
    Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, Resilient Ready Tampa Bay

  • Georgia
    Georgia Mountains Regional Commission, Quality Control Apprenticeship
    Georgia Mountains Regional Commission, Depot Street Infrastructure Improvements Project
    Georgia Mountains Regional Commission, Weld Ready Boot Camp
    Middle Georgia Regional Commission, Middle Georgia Regional Leadership Champions
    Southern Georgia Regional Commission, SGRC Census and Redistricting Information HUB
    Southern Georgia Regional Commission, Northeast Ocilla Infrastructure & Neighborhood Revitalization Projects
    Southern Georgia Regional Commission, Pre-update Comprehensive Plan Workshops
    Southwest Georgia Regional Commission, Rural Partners Network
    Three Rivers Regional Commission, WorkSource Three Rivers Firefighter II Incumbent Worker Training
    Three Rivers Regional Commission, Carroll County Transit Development Plan 2022-2042
    Three Rivers Regional Commission, Partnership with PCHP, LLC powered by Ground Game Health

  • Idaho   
    Region IV Development Association, Resilience for South-Central Idaho

  • Iowa    
    East Central Iowa Council of Governments, Iowa Watershed Approach – Clear Creek, English River, and Middle Cedar Watersheds
    Southwest Iowa Planning Council, Post-Disaster Transformational Housing Development

  • Kentucky  
    Barren River Area Development District, BRADD 2022-2027 CEDS
    Green River Area Development District, Hire to Operate (H2O) Apprenticeship Training Program

  • Louisiana           
    Acadiana Planning Commission, The Acadiana Regional Broadband Initiative

  • Maine  
    Northern Maine Development Commission
    , Community Resilience Pilot Project

  • Maryland         
    Mid-Shore Regional Council, Eastern Shore Economic Resiliency Toolkit
    Mid-Shore Regional Council, Mid-Shore Online CEDS

  • Michigan           
    West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission, Veterans Memorial Park Restoration

  • Minnesota       
    Mid-Minnesota Development Commission, Multilingual Journalism Project
    Region Five Development Commission, Watershed Planning
    Region Nine Development Commission, Region Nine Growers Network

  • Mississippi
    Northeast Mississippi Planning & Development District, Restoration of Historic Rosenwald School
    Northeast Mississippi Planning & Development District, Yellow Creek Port Crane Overhaul
    Three Rivers Planning & Development District, High School Career Coaches

  • Missouri            
    Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments, Workforce Resource Assistance Program (WRAP)

  • Montana           
    Great Falls Development Authority, Use of Videos to Enhance Economic Development Impact
    Great Falls Development Authority, Downtown Development Partnership of Great Falls
    Great Falls Development Authority, Great Falls Montana Economic Development Top 10
    Sweetgrass Development, Beyond The Pandemic: Surveying and Training Northcentral Montana’s Business Community
    Sweetgrass Development, Asbestos to Housing: The Shelby Bitterroot School Assessment

  • New Mexico     
    Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments, City of Gallup Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Plan
    Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments, CO.STARTERS

  • New York          
    Southern Tier 8 Regional Board, Collaborative Recovery Empowerment of the Southern Tier

  • North Carolina 
    Centralina Regional Council, Centralina Regional Resilience Collaborative
    Centralina Regional Council, Centralina Workforce Development App
    Centralina Regional Council, Centralina Regional Dialogues Series
    Land of Sky Regional Council, Livable Appalachia Summit 20
    Land of Sky Regional Council, Tunnel Road Corridor Study
    Land of Sky Regional Council, Bridging the Digital Divide – A WNC Digital Inclusion Plan
    Lumber River Council of Governments, COVID-19 Employment Program
    Lumber River Council of Governments, Lumber River Regional Broadband Study
    Lumber River Council of Governments, Back to School Support for Grandparents
    Mid-Carolina Regional Council, Fayetteville Metropolitan Housing Authority Training Project
    Mid-Carolina Regional Council, Mid-Carolina Senior Games
    Piedmont Triad Regional Council, Workforce Transportation Initiative
    Piedmont Triad Regional Council, COVID-19 Vaccine, Testing, and Education Access for Older Adults
    Triangle J Council of Governments, COVID-19 Outreach and Education Initiative
    Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments, New Start Glow
    Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments, Upper Coastal Plain Broadband Task Force
    Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments, Resilient Leaders Initiative
    Western Piedmont Council of Governments, Western Piedmont Industry Growth Analysis
    Western Piedmont Council of Governments, NC Foothills Experience Web App

  • Ohio     
    Buckeye Hills Regional Council, Southeast Ohio Downtown Revitalization Workshops Series
    Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission, ARC INSPIRE Southern Ohio Employer Resource Network
    Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service, Ohio University, TechGROWTH Ohio

  • Oklahoma         
    Association of Central Oklahoma Governments, ACOG Community Economic Resiliency Initiative (CERI) Program

  • Oregon
    Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, 2022-2027 Columbia Gorge Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
    Northeast Oregon Economic Development District, Northeast Oregon Workforce Housing

  • Pennsylvania    
    Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance, Get Connected
    Northwest Regional Planning and Development Commission, Northwest Pennsylvania Economic Development GIS Mapping Tool

  • South Carolina 
    Appalachian Council of Governments, Appalachian Minor Home Repair Program
    Berkeley Charleston Dorchester Council of Governments
    , One Region Roadmap Opportunities for All
    Catawba Regional Council of Governments, South Carolina Business Loan Fund
    Catawba Regional Council of Governments, Catawba Regional Brownfields Coalition Assessment Project
    Lowcountry Council of Governments, Lowcountry Military Installation Resilience Review
    Lowcountry Council of Governments, Lowcountry Biz Connect
    Lower Savannah Council of Governments, Lower Savannah Council of Governments – An Economic Assessment of the Six-County Region
    Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments, High Five 2 Change – Back-to-School Jamboree
    Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments, Far-UV Disinfection Lighting for School Buses
    Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments, Regional COVID Educational Campaign
    Upper Savannah Council of Governments, Abbeville Ventilation Improvements in Public Facilities
    Upper Savannah Council of Governments, Project Level UP

  • Tennessee        
    Southwest Tennessee Development District, SWTDD Economic Recovery Strategic Planning

  • Texas   
    Alamo Area Council of Governments, AACOG IDDS Apprenticeship Program
    Alamo Area Council of Governments, VelocityTX
    Ark-Tex Council of Governments, ATCOG PAUSE Program
    East Texas Council of Governments, Regional Solutions Reports
    Heart of Texas Council of Governments, HOTCOG Regional Communications Tower Project
    Panhandle Regional Planning Commission, Economic Development Events for Texas Panhandle Communities
    South Plains Association of Governments, Uniting Resources Against Senior Hunger
    South Plains Association of Governments, SPAG CORE – COVID Relief RLF Financing

  • Utah    
    Southeastern Utah Economic Development District, Utah Rural Energy Diversification & Innovation

  • Virginia
    Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission, Economic Recovery and Resiliency
    New River Valley Regional Commission, New River Valley Regional + Local Housing Study
    New River Valley Regional Commission, East Main Downtown Plan
    PlanRVA, Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund
    PlanRVA, Lower Chickahominy Watershed Collaborative
    PlanRVA, ConnectRVA 2045
    West Piedmont Planning District Commission, WPPDC Regional COVID Response 2021-2022

  • West Virginia    
    Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council, MOVRC Celebrates 50 Years

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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.

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