Bluegrass Area Development District Receives National Association of Development Organizations 2016 Innovation 

Published 9:26 am Monday, October 31, 2016


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WASHINGTON, DC – The Bluegrass Area Development District based in Lexington, Kentucky, has received a 2016 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the Burgin Sewer Project.

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The Burgin Sewer Project consists of constructing approximately 12.5 miles of gravity sewer lines in the Burgin area of Mercer County. The project will also include three pump stations and all related appurtenances. A force main system will be constructed to transport wastewater to the Danville Waste Water Treatment Plant.

USDA Rural Development Kentucky funds, as well as funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant in addition to Kentucky Infrastructure Authority funds were put together for this project.

The BGADD is the certified Grant Administrator for the funding of this project.

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 their partners for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities.

Award-winning projects were honored during NADO’s 2016 Annual Training Conference, held Oct. 15-18 in San Antonio, Texas. The 2016 class of award recipients consists of 96 projects spanning 28 states.  These projects are presented in an interactive “Story Map” developed by NADO and Esri and include project summaries, funding information, and partners.  The Story Map is available online at:

“Since 1986 through its Innovation Awards program, NADO has recognized the transformative work regional development organizations perform every day.  Award-winning projects showcase best practices across the country in regional development that support prosperous communities, stronger local economies, and improved quality of life for residents,” said 2015-2016 NADO Board President Jeffrey Kiely, Executive Director of the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments, located in Gallup, New Mexico.

For more information about this award-winning project, contact Shane New;; 859-269-8021.