SeniorConnectKpt.org and the First Tennessee Development District, based in Kingsport and Johnson City, Tennessee, received a 2014 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation for the SeniorConnectKpt.org project.

SeniorConnectKpt.org is a comprehensive web portal that links seniors, their families and caregivers, and other interested community members to 50 categories of local resources and providers. SeniorConnectKpt.org’s comprehensive, yet simple, format makes it easy for seniors to browse the information categories, or search directly for a specific provider or unique information.

SeniorConnectKpt.org is the result of work performed by the United Way of Greater Kingport’s Aging with Choices Vision Council, which is comprised of UWGK member agency representatives, community organizations and volunteers, and local service providers interested in improving life for seniors in Greater Kingsport. The Aging with Choices Vision Council partnered with the First Tennessee Area Agency on Aging & Disability, Kingsport Times NewsDigital Group, AARP and other community sponsors to make the website a reality.

“For 28 years, NADO’s Innovation Awards have recognized regional development organizations for their hard work and commitment to promoting economic development in rural and small metropolitan communities across the country. Award recipients have created innovative solutions that build on the unique strengths and challenges of their regions, all while continuing to promote sustainable economic growth not only now, but for many years to come,” said NADO President Peter Gregory, Executive Director of the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission in Woodstock, VT.

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 partnering organizations for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities. Award winners will be showcased during NADO’s 2014 Annual Training Conference, August 23 – 26 in Denver, Colorado.

For more information about the award-winning project, contact the First Tennessee Development District at (423)928-0224.