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Polk County Supervisor Angela Connolly has received a national award for leadership as an elected official for her efforts leading three significant regional planning initiatives in Greater Des Moines.

The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) named Supervisor Connolly as this year’s recipient of the national Tom Bradley Leadership Award, recognizing her leadership roles in The Tomorrow Plan, Capital Crossroads and DART Forward 2035.

“We are honored to recognize and celebrate such outstanding leaders and works of achievement this year,” said NARC Immediate Past President Byron Ryder, Judge of Leon County, Texas.

In October, Connolly was named the recipient of the national Award for Outstanding Elected Official Leadership by the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO).

“This honor was made possible through regional leadership and cooperation and by the hundreds of people who committed their creativity, passion and hard work to develop these plans – and then put them into action, improving the lives of tens of thousands of residents,” Supervisor Connolly said.

Many improvements to Greater Des Moines have roots in the plans for which Angela played a leadership role, including:

  • Co-chair of The Tomorrow Plan, a long-range, government-led plan for the sustainable development of the metro (
  • Tri-chair of Capital Crossroads, a five-year, community-led strategic plan for improving central Iowa. (
  • Commissioner of DART Forward 2035 Transit Services Plan, a long-range plan for improving transit service in Greater Des Moines (