Last Thursday, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) was awarded the Congressional Partnership Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for his longtime support and leadership in promoting federal community, economic, and infrastructure development programs.
"Congressman Bishop is a true leader who has displayed an unwavering commitment to providing new economic opportunities for our nation's local communities," said Russ Crowley, President of NADO. "Most importantly, Rep. Bishop understands that federal programs for basic infrastructure, small business development, job creation, and comprehensive economic development planning are essential for the long-term competitiveness of our local communities, especially during these tough economic times."
"With the right keys, a local community can open many doors of opportunity for the local economy," said Congressman Bishop. "Through NADO's work bridging different levels of government, between rural Georgia and grant resources, and between local non-profit organizations and their vital sources of funding, we have ensured that unemployed Americans will return to work, local governments will have the tools they need to supply their communities, and businesses will have the infrastructure necessary to grow and prosper."
NADO's biennial awards program recognizes members of Congress that have displayed strong support of regional development polices. Winners were selected based on their support of NADO's national legislative priorities, such as increased funding for the Economic Development Administration (EDA), and other federal community and economic development programs, strengthening the role of rural local officials in transportation planning, as well as supporting the work of regional development organizations at the local level.