National Awards


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 had submitted nine awards and received recognition for all 9 nominations submitted. 


Alice Ann Wohlbruck Innovation Award


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.”   

2018- Tomorrow Together: The City of Manning's Comprehensive Plan 

2018-Beating Blight: Sumter and Camden's Neighborhood Initiative Program 

2019-Getting back the Right Side of Growth: Kershaw County's Black River Road Corridor 

2019- Central Carolina Scholars 
2019-Operation Cool Down 
2020-Virtual Service Delivery and High Performing Center Designation during COVID-19 
2020-Pivoting During a Pandemic 
2020-Breakdown of Silos  

2021-Masks for Class 

2022-Far-UV Disinfection Lighting for School Buses

2022- Regional COVID Educational Campaign

2022- High Five 2 Change - Back-to-School Jamboree





Aliceann Wohlbruck and Excellence in Regional Transportation Award LOGO


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. 


The Excellence in Regional Transportation Award 

The Excellence in Regional Transportation Award, a program of NADO's RPO American and the NADO's Research Foundation's Center for Transportation Advancement and Regional Development, recognizes noteworthy projects and practices in rural and small metropolitan transportation planning, programming, and service delivery.