Courier Express- October 3rd, 2018


Ridgway-based planning, development commission to be honored this month

RIDGWAY – The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, based in Ridgway, announced that it is among the list of recipients to receive the 2018 National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Innovation Award.

Announced by NADO, North Central will receive the award in recognition of work on the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan Story Journal.  The Story Journal provides a summary using interactive tools that outline how the region will address a range of transportation needs, with the ultimate goal of fostering an efficient, safe and reliable transportation system.

Recipients of NADO’s Innocation Award are honored for making significant impacts to their communities through creative approaches in advancing community and economic development and quality of life.  The 2018 awardees, which includes 87 projects across 24 states, will be honored at the 2018 NADO Annual Training Conference, NC on Oct. 13-16.

The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission serves the public and private sector through planning and implementation of community, economic and transportation development throughout the six-county regional of Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties.

Ridgway Record-October 10th, 2018


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Amy Kessler, director of Community Development and Regional Planning of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, and Dwayne Pratt, executive director of the West Central Planning and Development Districts, were recently elected to the National Association of Development Organizations 2018-2020 Board of Directors.

NADO was founded in 1967 to provide training, information, and representation for regional development organizations throughout the United States.  today, NADO member organizations serve local governments and the public within their regions through various programs focused on diversifying local economies, assisting businesses, creating jobs, transportation planning and providing social services.  The NADO Board of Directors oversees the association’s budget operations and develops policy on issues affecting regional development organizations.

“We are honored to have Amy serve on NADO’s Board of Directors.  She brings a wealth of expertise, knowledge, and leadership on regional community and economic development issues to the national level,” stated Joe McKinney, NADO Executive Director.  “Most importantly, Amy is focused on helping our nation’s local communities pursue comprehensive regional strategies for remaining economically competitive in today’s rapidly changing global environment.”

For more information contact NADO Executive Director, Joe McKenney at 202-624-5947 or

Building on nearly five decades of experience, the National Association of Development Organizations serves as the national voice of regional development organizations.  The association is an advocate for federal community and economic development programs and policies that help local communities improve their local economy and quality of life.

For more information about NADO and the NADO Research Foundation, visit