The Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association presented the 2011 Excellence Award for Best Practice to Nelson\Nygaard for the Davenport in Motion. The comprehensive master plan provides what all cities should: diversity of choice. Nelson\Nygaard developed a set of street types and design guidelines, action plan priorities for the development of a comprehensive bicycle network, transit system development recommendations, and parking management guidelines.

The Los Angeles section of the American Planning Association awarded the General Plan Updated the 2011 Comprehensive Plan Award Small Jurisdictions. On a team led by Raimi and Associates, Nelson\Nygaard carried out a comprehensive review of the existing transportation conditions in the city and surrounding region in order to develop a summary of key opportunities to reduce traffic congestion and promote mode shift to walking, biking, and transit.