NADO Research Foundation Seeks Applicants for the NADO Research Foundation Advisory Committee

The NADO Research Foundation (NADO RF) is currently seeking applicants from the NADO East, Midwest, and Associate chapters to serve on the NADO RF Advisory Committee. The NADO RF Advisory Committee works with Research Foundation leadership and staff to identify issues and topics of relevance and concern to NADO members; provides guidance and offers ideas related to research and training programs and opportunities to serve the membership; and shares their individual and collective professional expertise and in-depth knowledge of regional approaches to economic development. Committee members serve for two-year terms, which are staggered with four members serving from 2022-2024 and three from 2023-2025. The Research Foundation President position changes annually. The Committee generally meets two times per year in conjunction with NADO’s Washington and Annual Training conferences. Additional meetings will occur virtually, generally three times a year.

The Advisory Committee composition includes eight members: one from each of the six NADO membership regions; one representing the Associate Membership category; and the NADO Research Foundation PresidentThe committee structure is staggered and there will are openings for the 2023-2025 term beginning in July 2023. These openings cover the East, Midwest, and Associate chapters. If you are interested in applying to serve on the committee, please complete the online application located here. Alternatively, if one of your staff might have interest in serving on the committee, please share this information with them.

NADO members interested in serving on the NADO Research Foundation Advisory Committee will need to submit their applications no later than May 19, 2023. Applications will be reviewed by the NADO Research Foundation Board and appointees will be notified by June 16, 2023. For more information, contact Executive Director Joe McKinney ([email protected]) or Deputy Executive Director Laurie Thompson ([email protected]).  


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Applications cannot be saved and returned to at a later time. It is recommended you compile all of your information in advance in a word processor and cut and paste into the application below.

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.

Organization Address

Project Location (if different from Organization Address)

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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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