Originally Published: July 16, 2011 9:55 p.m.
The National Association of Development Organizations recently gave the Northern Arizona Council of Governments in Prescott the 2011 Innovation Award.
The award recognizes regional development organizations and partnering organization for bolstering the economic and community competitiveness across the country.
The award is for NACOG's Business Assistance Center, which opened in April 2010 and offers free, specialized assistance for small business owners, entrepreneurs and people seeking help to acquire or maintain their business skills.
More than 3,952 people from more than 440 agencies went to the center for help since it opened.