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RCTP Program Receives National Award

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East Central Intergovernmental Association Receives 2023 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations

Washington, DC, August 2, 2023 – East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) in Dubuque, IA has been awarded a 2023 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for their Rural County Transportation Program (RCTP).

NADO is a Washington, DC-based association that promotes programs and policies to strengthen local governments and communities.  The excellence in Regional Transportation Awards showcase organizations for noteworthy projects and practices in rural and small metropolitan transportation planning, program delivery, and special initiatives. Award winners will receive national recognition during the 2023 National Summit on Rural Road Safety in Oklahoma City, OK. 

“The Excellence in Regional Transportation Awards program showcases effective and creative transportation initiatives that improve accessibility, mobility, safety, and quality of life in regions around the United States,” shared current NADO President and Northern Arizona Council of Governments Executive Director Chris Fetzer. “Programs and projects like the Rural County Transportation Program foster community and economic connections and promote effective transportation networks.”

The RCTP provides funding to small cities with less than 5,000 residents to help implement local transportation projects. These projects may include street repairs such as crack filling, resurfacing, and reconstruction; lighting and traffic control projects, and safety improvements including curb ramps, crosswalks, and signage. The program is a partnership between ECIA and Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, and Jackson counties. Since 2019, the RCTP program has awarded $1.68 million to 83 projects across the four-county area. “ECIA prides itself in working diligently to improve our smaller rural communities.  We are fortunate to have a Board that values the same and understands the importance of spreading the funding throughout the region,” as stated by Kelley Deutmeyer, ECIA Executive Director.  For more information about the award-winning project, contact ECIA at 563-556-4166 or visit the project website at https://www.eciatrans.org/rctp.php