NADO Announces 2013 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award Winners

The NADO Research Foundation and RPO America have announced the 2013 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award-winning projects. This is the seventh year that the program has honored projects for their innovation, effectiveness, and impact on communities throughout the nation. The projects will be recognized during a special networking reception at the 2013 National Rural Transportation Peer Learning Conference, which will take place from April 24th – 26th, in Greenville, South Carolina. This year, 16 projects from 8 states were recognized for their approaches to transportation planning and projects. For more information, visit or contact NADO Associate Director Carrie Kissel at 202.624.8829 or [email protected].


River Valley Regional Commission, Prison to Peanuts Bicycle Adventure

River Valley Regional Commission, RVRC Mobility Management

Three Rivers Regional Commission, Regional Mobility Management


Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency, Vanpooling Services


Eastern Maine Development Corporation, Linking the Rural Regions of Four Counties in Maine to Enhance Transportation Opportunities and Improve Quality of Life


Isothermal Planning and Development Commission, Pockets of Rural Poverty

Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments, North Carolina Lakes District

Land of Sky Regional Council of Governments, From Cradle to Construction – Project Tracking

Piedmont Triad Rural Planning Organization and UNC Highway Safety Research Center, Rural Comprehensive Speed Management Planning

Western Piedmont Council of Governments, Western Piedmont Annual Air Quality Conference


North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning, Engage North Central Pennsylvania


Lower Savannah Council of Governments, Lower Savannah Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan

Lower Savannah Council of Governments, Resuscitation of Transit ( and Senior) Services in Allendale, SC

Lowcountry Council of Governments, Regional Mobility Management in the Lowcountry–From Cooperation to Consolidation


Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, Transportation Surveys: Attitudinal Changes and Trends in Chittenden County VT, 2000 – 2012


New River Valley Planning District Commission, Regional Transit Organization Study – Regional Transit Coordinating Council


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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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