The East Tennessee Economic Council is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Muddy Boot Award and Postma Young Professional Medal.
In 1973, the founders of ETEC (then the Roane Anderson Economic Council or R-AEC) created the Muddy Boot Award to reflect the efforts of the Manhattan Project founders of Oak Ridge, who worked through adverse conditions to build the community. Each year since, ETEC has honored individuals or groups of people who have continued to help build and bolster the communityâ€™s economic base. The award has been presented to elected officials, business leaders, representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy, and others.
The 2013 recipients included Bill Biloski, redevelopment project manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Ray Smith, historian at Y-12 National Security Complex; and Barry Stephenson, chief executive officer at Materials and Chemistry Laboratory, or MCLinc.
The objective is to recognize an individualâ€”not an institutionâ€”for significant and long-term contributions to the East Tennessee region with respect to the federal government programs and its spin-offs by leveraging the federal presence to create private sector jobs. Participation in the community beyond the workplace is essential.
In conjunction with the annual presentation of the Muddy Boot, ETEC will also publicly award the Postma Young Professional Medal.
In 2005, ETEC created the Postma Young Professional Medal to honor the accomplishments of young professionals who have made an impact and fostered a community culture in Oak Ridge and the region. Former ORNL Director Herman Postma epitomized this community spirit during his life; and his wife, Pat, continues the tradition of service today through her local involvement.
The 2013 recipients were Colin Colverson, an attorney-advisor with the DOEâ€™s Office of Chief Council, and his wife Sherith Colverson, a community planner.
Nomination submissions for the Muddy Boot Award and Postma Young Professional Medal should include a letter to the selection committee containing specific reasons for the nomination. Submissions for the Postma Young Professional Medal should also include the resume of the nominee.
Detailed criteria for the awards are posted online at www.eteconline.org. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, August 15, 2014, and may be submitted on ETECâ€™s website, by email, or mail.
Email nominations toÂ [email protected]Â and use the subject:Â 2014 Awards Committee.
Mail nominations to:
ETEC 2014 Awards Committee
1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Suite 100
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
For more information, contact Ashley Hartman at [email protected] or (865) 483-4577.