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


2023 Impact Awards

The primary applicant must be a NADO member. Project partners, both NADO and non-members, can be recognized under "Project Partners" below.

Primary Project Contact:
This person will be the designated point of contact for all future awards-related correspondence and will receive the printed award certificates and other hardcopy materials should the project win an award.

Organization Address

Project Location (if different from Organization Address)

Executive Director

Additional Organizational Information
Please upload your organization's logo which will be included on the winning project award certificate.

Project Information
This title will be printed on the award certificate for winning projects and in all 2022 NADO Impact Award materials and cannot be changed.

Project Summary & Questions
Please craft clear, thoughtful, and engaging responses to the following questions. Use the following sections to tell us how your project has made an impact, such as its use of creative funding mechanisms, efforts to create efficiencies or reduce costs, unique partnership models, and emphasis on building resilience and/or enhancing your region's quality of life.

For award-winning projects, the information provided below may be used verbatim to inform project descriptions that will be published in the 2023 NADO Impact Awards materials and included on the NADO website.

Please submit at least one photo showing your project in action. Please keep file size to a minimum (<2Mb) and use JPEG format. If uploading multiple files, ZIP files prior to submitting. If you have trouble uploading images they can be directly emailed to Brett Schwartz at [email protected] Include the project title they correspond to in the subject line of your email.

Note: Submitted photos may be used in NADO Impact Awards materials and in other NADO published materials with credit to your organization. Please also consider submitting photos for NADO's 2023 Photo Contest, which will be held this summer.

Your application is not submitted until you are directed to a confirmation page. If you have any questions or are unsure if your application has been submitted, please contact Brett Schwartz at [email protected]

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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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