Extension CED partnership with IARC results in national award

August 4, 2014

The Iowa Association of Regional Councils (IARC) has been selected as one of the 2014 Innovation Award recipients from the National Association of Development Organizations.

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

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.

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

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

“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. 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,” said NADO President Peter Gregory, Executive Director of the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission in Woodstock, VT.

For more information about the award-winning project, contact the Iowa Association of Regional Councils at 515-450-0556.