RPO America (Rural Planning Organizations of America) was established by the NADO Board of Directors to serve as the national professional association for rural transportation planning professionals, practitioners, policymakers and other stakeholders. Founded in June 2006, RPO America is a program affiliate of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) and the NADO Research Foundation.
Rural transportation planning is an emerging field. In order to provide resources to the rural transportation field as it matures, RPO America:
- Enhances the professional and organizational development of rural transportation planners and others by providing information, peer networking and research initiatives
- Serves as the national clearinghouse and forum for exchange among its rural transportation stakeholders
- Sponsors activities to showcase the accomplishments of rural transportation planning organizations to public officials, communities and the private sector
- Advises NADO and its leadership, membership and management on matters related to rural transportation planning and development
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