Washington, D.C. - Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments based in Henderson, N.C., received a 2004 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for their Kerr-Tar Hub business development project.

NADO, a Washington, D.C.-based public interest group, recognizes organizations for demonstrating innovative approaches to economic and community development. NADO awarded 62 innovation awards this year for a variety of projects in areas such as Aging, Entrepreneurialism, Emergency Management, Environment, Housing, Workforce, Technology, Tourism, and Transportation.

Awardees will be showcased at an Awards Roundtable Reception at NADO’s 37th Annual Training Conference, Aug. 30, 2004 in Orlando, Fla.

According to NADO President Gary Gorshing, Director of Southwest Oklahoma Development Authority in Burns Flat, Oklahoma, “These award-winning projects and programs truly represent the community and economic development benefits of acting regionally, especially in rural communities where resources are often sparse.”

Over 700 organizations have received Innovation Awards since the program was started in 1986. Only NADO member organizations are eligible to apply for the award.

NADO, established in 1967, continues to be the nation's leading advocate for a regional approach to development. NADO member organizations serve over 1,800 counties and 15,000 cities and towns. Through meetings, training seminars and publications NADO provides a network for professionals and local elected officials to share information. To find out more about NADO call (202) 624-7806 or visit the home page www.nado.org.

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