GRADD recognized for two Innovation Awards


The Green River Area Development District (GRADD) received two Innovation Awards at the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Annual Training Conference in San Antonio, Texas, on October 17, 2016. The 2016 class of award recipients consists of 96 projects spanning 28 states.

Recognized were the $10.9 million McLean County Regional Water Commission project, which constructed a new two million-gallon capacity centralized plant and its accompanying infrastructure that will positively impact McLean County for
generations to come. It will help absolve individual systems of their outstanding debt and prevent them from having to plan expensive upgrades (or even replacement facilities).

Also, the International Economic Summit which, brought together local economic development professionals and their Czech Republic counterparts. The leadership was hopeful that if dialogue was exchanged about the two regions there could be further collaboration on infrastructure and economic development.

“Since 1986 through its Innovation Awards program, NADO has recognized the transformative work regional development organizations perform every day. Award-winning projects showcase best practices across the country in regional development that support prosperous communities, stronger local economies, and improved quality of life for residents,” said 2015-2016 NADO Board President Jeffrey Kiely, Executive Director of the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments, located in Gallup, New Mexico.

NADO is a Washington, DC-based association that promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies.


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