Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission Receives
National Association of Development Organizations 2020 Impact Award

WASHINGTON, DC – Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission based in Clinton, Missouri has received a 2020 Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the Innovative Regional Collaboration Developed through the SET VI and CEDS Planning Process.

“This collaborative effort has led to joint work on a regional business accelerator network, over a million dollars in grant funding in the region towards community and economic development and the bringing together of multiple organizations in the region around the common cause of bringing economic growth to the region. None of this groundbreaking work would be possible without the dedicated leadership from partner organizations West Central Missouri Community Action Agency, New Growth, and the Small Business Development Center at State Fair Community College.”, states Sheridan Garman-Neeman, Executive Director at Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission.

“Each partners’ willingness to share ideas, resources, and credit has been critical to moving this collaboration well beyond the concept of working together as a region,” said Patty Cantrell, New Growth CDC’s Chief Community Development Officer. “Kaysinger has made this regional collaboration central to how the organization works with everyone.”

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 virtual 2020 Annual Training Conference, held online October 20-22.  The 2020 class of award recipients consists of 79 projects from 48 organizations spanning 19 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 https://www.nado.org/awards/.      

“Our annual Impact Awards program is an opportunity to highlight the important work our members do every single day to serve their local communities,” said 2019-2020 NADO President Kevin Byrd, executive director of the New River Valley Regional Commission, located in Radford, VA.  “These projects show the best that regional development organizations have to offer and are a real testament to the value they add to 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:
Sheridan Garman-Neeman
Executive Director
Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission
“Connecting Communities to Opportunities”
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 660-885-3393                                                                                                

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.

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