The East Tennessee Economic Council is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Muddy Boot Award and Postma Young Professional Medal, a press release said.
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, the press release said. Each year since then, ETEC has honored individuals or groups of people who have continued to help build and bolster the community’s economic base. The award has been presented to elected officials, business leaders, representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy, and others.
The objective is to recognize an individual—not an institution—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, the press release said. Participation in the community beyond the workplace is essential.
The 2016 recipients included Mike Belbeck, Covenant Health; Chuck Fleischmann, U.S. Congressman, Third District; Frank Munger, recently retired from Knoxville News Sentinel; and Mike Pasqua, recently retired from SAIC/Leidos.
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 Oak Ridge National Laboratory 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 press release said.
The 2016 recipient was Wade Creswell with the Roane Alliance.
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 along with the nominee’s resume and bio.
Detailed criteria for the awards are posted online at www.eteconline.org. Nominations will be accepted through Monday, August 25, 2017, and may be submitted on ETEC’s website, by email, or mail.
Email nominations to [email protected] with this subject: 2017 Awards Committee.
Mail nominations to ETEC 2017 Awards Committee, 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Suite 100, Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
For more information, contact Tracy Boatner at [email protected] or (865) 483-4577.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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