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Region 9 Receives National Association of Development Organizations Innovation Award for SCAPE

November 09, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC – The Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado has received a 2016 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs, SCAPE.

SCAPE is a three year old program that helps launch new businesses to create more jobs in Southwest Colorado. Companies that are accepted into the 6 month program receive office space, intense mentoring from local experts, and access to equity funding. SCAPE graduates have received national recognition, and raised over $3.6 million to grow their businesses.

SCAPE was honored during NADO’s 2016 Annual Training Conference, held in October. The 2016 class of award recipients consists of 96 projects spanning 28 states.

“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.

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.

For more information about this award-winning project, contact Elizabeth Marsh SCAPE Director
at 970-317-0880, Apply for the 2017 session at


Since 1967 the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) has provided advocacy, education, networking, and research for the national network of 540 regional development organizations. NADO members provide professional, programmatic, and technical assistance to over 2,300 counties and 15,000 municipalities.