Project Prioritization: Planning Tools and Techniques

Regional transportation decisionmaking can be aided by technology and information tools that enhance the planning process.  Only 13 percent of respondents have access to a rural, regional travel demand model, while 73 percent do not, and another 13 percent do not know if a rural model is available.  Statewide models (which would cover rural territory) were known to exist by 49 percent of respondents, while 13 percent of respondents indicated their state did not have a statewide model, and 38 percent did not know.

Access to data can assist in the regional decision-making process.  State departments of transportation commonly collect information such as traffic counts and condition of facilities such as pavement and bridges.  For 95 percent of respondents, such data is made available to RPOs and MPOs working at the regional level.  In addition to receiving data, it is not uncommon for regional organizations to assist with data collection; many respondents indicated that their work program includes collecting data such as traffic counts or asset condition under contract to the state DOT  and GPS locations of facilities and features or GIS mapping support to the state.

Regional visioning is a common first step in the planning process, particularly for long-range plans.  In this part of the planning process, a potential future for a community or region is identified as embodying characteristics that are shared and valued.  It often precedes the identification of goals, objectives, and strategies that guide decisions more specifically.  Scenario planning is a process to develop a series of potential future land use, economy, and infrastructure circumstances, which helps stakeholders to envision the type of community or region they would like to see. As two planning techniques that are used to guide strategic planning and decisions about public investments, regional visioning and/or scenario planning has been employed by 85 percent of respondents for their transportation work program or other planning programs conducted by the RDO, such as the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS, required by the Economic Development Administration).

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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.

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

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

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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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