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CAPCOG wins 2012 Innovation Award from National Association of Development Organizations

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Capital Area Council of Governments has won a 2012 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations for its role in Pecan Street Inc., an Austin-area economic development project centered on clean energy.

The award, which recognizes regional development organizations and partnering organizations nationwide for improving local and regional economic and community competitiveness, was presented at NADO's annual training conference this month. Organizations in 22 states, including four honorees in Texas, garnered recognition in a dozen award categories ranging from aging, health and human services to youth education.  

With funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration, CAPCOG collaborated with project organizers to expand Pecan Street Inc.'s exploration of renewable energy and use of an advanced system of efficient residential electricity delivery and consumption, or a smart grid, to additionally develop an innovation-based industry cluster of Central Texas clean-energy companies. As part of the project, CAPCOG also commissioned technical reports to detail the logistics, challenges and benefits of creating a smart grid and clean-energy economic cluster.

> Read the April 2012 Pecan Street Inc. Summary Report and technical addendum 
> Learn more about CAPCOG's Economic Development Program
> Download NADO's 2012 Innovation Awards booklet

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