Congratulations to the 2019 NARC Award Winners!

The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) presented its 2019 Achievement and Leadership Awards at the 53rd Annual Conference and Exhibition in Omaha, on Tuesday June 11th.

“It is such a great honor to be able to recognize the valuable contributions of my colleagues …We know that this work can be slow, frustrating and challenging at times, but we also know how valuable it is to our communities and how rewarding it can be.” said NARC President ­Geof Benson during his remarks at the dinner.

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2020 NARC Awards: Applications will open in early 2020

NARC will begin accepting nominations for its 2020 Achievement and Leadership Awards in early 2020. The awards will be presented at the Awards Gala Dinner on June 9th, 2020 during the 54th Annual Conference and Exhibition, June 7-10, in Detroit, Michigan. Conference attendance is encouraged.

The awards provide an excellent opportunity for winners to promote their successes to a larger audience, as well as share best practices with their partners and peers.

NARC Achievement Awards

The National Association of Regional Councils’ Achievement Awards recognize excellence in programs and services of regional councils and metropolitan planning
organizations (MPOs). These awards highlight organizations that promote and exemplify regional cooperation and coordination and have a positive impact in their
region. Involvement of private and civic sectors and originality, duplicability, and quality of the program/project are also taken into consideration.

These awards are given in three categories:
Major Metro: 1 million population and over
Medium Metro: 251,000 population to 1 million population
Rural: 250,000 population or less

NARC Leadership Awards

The Walter Scheiber Leadership Award recognizes significant impacts an executive director has made at the local, state, or national level. The awardee must demonstrate professional and executive management excellence in carrying-out regional concepts, approaches, and programs. Award winners have contributed to the goals of NARC and advanced the cause of regionalism through their dedicated service and effort.

The Tom Bradley Leadership Award recognizes leadership excellence an elected or appointed official has made in advocating regional concepts, approaches, and programs at any level of government. Awardees are highly respected in their field and provide a high quality of service to their member regional council or MPO.

The NARC President’s Award recognizes leadership and excellence in advocating regional concepts, approaches, and programs at any level of the regional community. This award recognizes any partner, NARC member, or congressional member who has provided time and dedication to benefit regionalism and NARC. Retiring Executive Directors or policy officials are often awarded this for recognition of their career.

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