NADO Impact Award

Contact: Joe McKinney

For Immediate Release

NADO Executive Director

October 25, 2021

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Nebraska Regional Officials Council (NROC) Receives

National Association of Development Organizations 2021 Impact Award

WASHINGTON, DC – Nebraska Regional Officials Council (NROC) has received a 2021 Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the Nebraska Statewide Broadband Mapping Initiative

Project partners include: Southeast Nebraska Development District; West Central Nebraska Development District; Metropolitan Area Planning Agency; Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council; Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District; South Central Economic Development District; Panhandle Area Development District; and Central Nebraska Economic Development District. This project was funded through U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) CARES Act Funds.

The aim of the initiative is to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural areas, through broadband. The initiative identifies unserved and underserved areas which will allow stakeholders and economic developers to plan for the potential expansion of broadband infrastructure that will support businesses and residents both now and, in the future.

NADO is a Washington, DC-based membership association of regional development organizations that promote programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies.  The association’s Impact Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and their partners for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities.

Award-winning projects were recognized during NADO’s 2021 Annual Training Conference, held in Portland, OR on October 16-19. The 2021 class of award recipients consists of 102 projects from 70 organizations spanning 24 states. These projects are presented in an interactive “Story Map” developed by NADO that includes project summaries, partners, and images.  The Story Map is available online at:

“During the past 20 months, regional development organizations across the country have shown just how valuable they are in supporting the local communities they serve,” said 2019-2021 NADO President Kevin Byrd, executive director of the New River Valley Regional Commission, located in Radford, VA.  “From COVID-19 response and recovery initiatives to the workforce and economic development projects to social services programs and much more, the 2021 NADO Impact Awardees highlight the many ways our members work on the ground every day to improve the quality of life in their regions.”

The NADO Impact Awards are presented in honor of the late Aliceann Wohlbruck who was NADO’s first executive director and served 24 years as a tireless champion for regional approaches to economic development in rural communities.

For more information about this award-winning project, contact

Nebraska Regional Officials Council

Since 1967 the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) has provided advocacy, education, networking, and research for the national network of 540 regional development organizations. NADO members provide professional, programmatic, and technical assistance to over 2,300 counties and 15,000 municipalities.