Buckeye Hills Regional Council Receives National Association of Development Organizations 2017 Innovation Award

Buckeye Hills Regional Council Development
Director Bret Allphin; Buckeye Hills Regional
Council Executive Director Misty Casto receiving
the 2017 NADO Innovation Award and
NADO President Lynne Keller Forbes,
Executive Director of the South Eastern
Council of Governments, located in Sioux Falls, SD.


Buckeye Hills Regional Council Receives National Association of Development Organizations 2017 Innovation Award

Buckeye Hills Regional Council based in Marietta, Ohio, has received a 2017 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the Marietta Collaborative Parking Inventory project.

A result of the partnership between Buckeye Hills, Marietta College and the City of Marietta, the central Marietta business district has an updated parking inventory and the Marietta College students had a real-world project to work on with a local partner.

“When Dr. Matt Young approached us to assist with his new Geographic Information Systems (GIS) class, we thought this would be a good opportunity to have the school accomplish something directly useful to the City of Marietta. This wasn’t a canned lab experiment, it was a real-world project,” said Development Director Bret Allphin.

NADO is a Washington, DC-based membership association of regional development organizations that promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies.  The association’s Innovation Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and their partners for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities.  2017 marked NADO’s 50-year anniversary of supporting regional economic development across the country.

Award-winning projects were honored during NADO’s 2017 Annual Training Conference. The 2017 class of award recipients consists of 80 projects spanning 21 states. These projects are presented in an interactive “Story Map” developed by NADO and Esri and include project summaries, funding information, and partners.  The Story Map is available online at:  https://www.nado.org/innovation-awards/.

“The Innovation Awards program is an opportunity to recognize the important work of regional development organizations that are promoting economic development and improving quality of life for local residents,” said 2016-2017 NADO President Lynne Keller Forbes, Executive Director of the South Eastern Council of Governments, located in Sioux Falls, SD.  “These projects demonstrate the diversity of work that regional development organizations undertake to benefit the communities and regions that they serve.”

For more information about this award-winning project, contact Development Director Bret Allphin at 1-800-331-2644.