Partnership between ISU Extension and Outreach, Iowa Association of Regional Councils Wins National Award

AMES, Iowa -- A valuable partnership between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Association of Regional Councils has led to a national award.

The IARC has been selected as a 2014 Innovation Award recipient from the National Association of Development Organizations.

IARC was selected for its collaboration with ISU Extension and Outreach. The two organizations entered into a joint position agreement, allowing IARC to continue its rapid growth with a new, full-time executive director and allowing ISU Extension and Outreach to create better connections between the university’s community and regional planning department and ISU Extension and Outreach’s capacity to connect to cities, counties, businesses and nonprofits.

“IARC is excited to have a quality partnership with Extension," said Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission director Mike Norris. "We think both organizations will benefit, and feel it is a sustainable relationship. Ultimately, we hope communities and businesses in Iowa will benefit from the tighter connection of resources and service delivery from Extension and Councils of Governments."

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

The association’s Innovation Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and partnering organizations for improving the economic and community competitiveness of regions and local communities in the United States.

“For 28 years, NADO’s Innovation Awards have recognized regional development organizations for their hard work and commitment to promoting economic development in rural and small metropolitan communities across the country,” said NADO President Peter Gregory, Executive Director of the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission in Woodstock, Vt. “Award recipients have created innovative solutions that build on the unique strengths and challenges of their regions, all while continuing to promote sustainable economic growth not only now, but for many years to come.”

Award winners will be showcased during NADO’s 2014 Annual Training Conference, Aug. 23 - 26 in Denver, Colorado.