Awards & Recognition

The Nashville Area MPO—its staff, board, committees—seeks to provide leadership and innovation in transportation planning; exceptional "customer service" to constituents and other stakeholders; and individual achievement in both professional and volunteer endeavors. As such, our team is proud to have been recipients of several accolades from industry peers—as well as the greater-Nashville community—and hope to continue fostering an agency-wide tradition of excellence.


Organizational Awards & Recognition

2012 TPEA

National Transportation Planning Excellence Award

U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration, in association with the American Planning Association and Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Science

July 2012
Newport Beach, CA
The award honors the MPO for its 2035 Regional Transportation Plan and the integration of public health issues into transportation policies, plans, and program. More Information >

National Best Project Award

Institute of Transportation Engineers Planning Council

August 2010
The award honors the MPO for its Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Study, marking the first time ITE bestowed this award on a project featuring the non-motorized modes. More Information >

Grand Award

American Council of Engineering Companies - Tennessee Chapter

August 2010
Nashville, TN
The award honors the MPO for its Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Study in the "Best Small Project" award category.

Marshal Stuart Award

Greater Nashville Regional Council

September 2010
Lebanon, TN
The award honors the MPO for its work to promote regional cooperation in Middle Tennessee. This annual award is bestowed upon a public agency that exhibits excellence, outstanding accomplishment, achievement, or innovation in intergovernmental cooperation and coordination.

Individual Awards & Recognition


National Award for Outstanding Leadership

Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations

October 2011
Dallas, TX
The award honors MPO executive director, Michael Skipper, for having demonstrated advancements in metropolitan planning, and for outstanding individual achievement.

Planner of the Year

Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association

September 2011
Nashville, TN

The award honors Michael Skipper for his contributions to the field of planning and research, and his leadership on statewide and regional transportation initiatives.


Bicycle & Pedestrian Professional of the Year-Public Sector

Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals

October 2010
Chattanooga, TN
The award honors Leslie Meehan's 2010 planning & program activities, establishing the MPO as a leader in active transportation. APBP is the only professional membership organization for the discipline of pedestrian & bicycle transportation. More Information >

Women of Influence - "Community Supporter"

Nashville Business Journal

February 2011
Nashville, TN
The award honors Mary Beth Ikard in the Community Supporter category. WOI is a program of the Nashville Business Journal spotlighting women who have played a major role in shaping their companies and their community.

Health Care Heroes - "Development Champion"

Nashville Business Journal

August 2011
Nashville, TN
The award honors Leslie Meehan as a Development Champion, a Health Care Heroes award category that spotlights a builder, designer or developer operating outside the immediate realm of health care, but who has advanced the interests of health care clients.


Leadership Middle Tennessee

2010 & 2012
Nashville, TN
Michael Skipper (2010) and Mary Beth Ikard (2012) are graduates of a program to develop regional leaders who contribute to long-term solutions that sustain and balance quality-of-life and economic growth for its collective communities, through networking, collaboration, and strategic thinking.
2012 TPEA

Hank Thompson Memorial Award

Greater Nashville Regional Council

September 2009
Nashville, TN
The award honors Michael Skipper for demonstration of personal and professional integrity in professional planning during his work to advance regional transit programs through state enabling legislation.

Nashville Emerging Leaders Awards

YP Nashville, a program of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

July 2012
Nashville, TN
The award honors Michael Skipper as winner in the Government & Public Affairs industry category, and Mary Beth Ikard as winner in the PR/Advertising/Marketing industry category. The Nashville Area Chamber and YP Nashville annually present the NELAs to recognize Nashville's young professionals for significant accomplishments in their chosen career fields, as well as commitment and contribution to the community.
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MPO Staff Contact Information

Nashville Area MPO
138 Second Ave N
Ste. 300
Nashville, Tennessee 37201

Phone: 615-862-7204

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