National Association of Development Organizations
The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) sponsors two annual awards programs to nationally recognize the impressive efforts of regional development organizations. Both awards provide excellent opportunity for members to promote their successes to a national audience and with their regional and local partners. Applicants must be a member of NADO and projects must show substantial quantitative and qualitative results in your region.
The Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments has been a participant in the NADO's awards program. From 2018 to 2021, we have submitted nine awards and received recognition for all 9 nominations submitted.
The Aliceann Wohlbruck Innovation Awards
"The Aliceann Wohlbruck Innovation Awards program recognizes the important and wide-ranging work of regional development organizations in communities across the country" said 2017-2018 NADO President Doug Elliott, executive director of the East Central Iowa Council of Governments, located in Cedar Rapids. “These awards demonstrate the value of regional development organizations and highlight their critical role in promoting economic development for the nation’s rural and small metropolitan communities.”
The Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Award
The Aliceann Wohlbruck NADO Impact Award(Formerly the Innovation Award) honors significant advance in community and economic development, including but not limited to small business finance, energy and infrastructure projects, housing and human services, sustainable development, workforce development, and more.