Transportation & Infrastructure

Across the U.S., RDOs work with state and local governments and other partners to plan, seek funding, and implement projects related to transportation and infrastructure.  

In over 30 states, RDOs collaborate with their state departments of transportation to conduct outreach to local governments about transportation priorities and to assist with statewide and rural planning. Many RDOs also serve as metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) that complete short- and long-range plans in urbanized areas. 

RDOs may also assist with broadband planning, seeking funding, and deployment; rural water and wastewater issues; and energy, such as helping local partners to plan and implement renewable energy projects.  

In the resources below, you’ll find publications and materials related to rural and regional transportation, broadband, water and wastewater, energy, and other infrastructure. The NADO RF developed many of these materials with funding support from the Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, and other partners. Some materials are also shared here from other organizations whose work may be beneficial to RDOs and their stakeholders.



Supporting Resilient Water Systems

The Challenge of Retaining Institutional Knowledge at Small Water Systems An important but often overlooked management problem for small organizations is retaining institutional knowledge through the years. 

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Joe McKinney has served as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations since 2012. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Land of Sky Regional Council in Asheville, North Carolina from 2003 to 2012. Under his leadership, Land of Sky became recognized nationally for its innovation in program areas including planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, aging services, volunteer services, and geographic information systems. Joe has also held various other roles in city, county, association, and government management. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

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