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[September 21, 2010]

Gov. Nixon Honors Missouri Businesses, Individuals at Governor's Conference on Economic Development

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 20 -- The Missouri Department of Economic Development issued the following news release: Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday joined the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) to recognize outstanding individual and group successes at the 2010 Governor's Conference on Economic Development in Kansas City.

Mamie Hughes, Kansas City, was presented the Award of Distinction for being a strong advocate for equality and for often making presentations to groups about how discrimination, racism and bigotry have affected lives. Hughes, who has been an advocate of several economic development projects throughout Kansas City, and has been recognized as the woman who has "changed the heart of the city," is a founding member of the Central Exchange and former Jackson County Legislator "Champion of Women Leaders." The Award of Distinction is presented to an individual or organization that has made a significant impact upon women and their families.

The Governor's Excellence in Customer Service Award, presented to a person who has responded to their customers' needs and expectations and exceeded those expectations, including innovative service strategies, education achievement, skills development and career enhancement, was presented to the reception staff at the St. Charles Career Center, St. Charles. The front desk staff embraced the victims of the crash of the local economy and gave them hope and understanding while more than doubling their own workload.

Hillyard Tech Center, St. Joseph, was the recipient of the Governor's E3 Award, aWorkforce Development award for Excellence in Education, Economic Development and Employment. The award is given to an individual, business, agency or group partnership that provided extraordinary leadership and innovation to develop strategies, directions and high performance expectations and enhance employment services to customers. Hillyard Tech Center with the St. Joseph (Mo.) School District, Intro to BioManufacturing Class, worked closely with local companies to develop the curriculum that would specifically meet the needs of the local industry.

The Governor's Technology Company of the Year Award, presented annually to a company that has developed a new technology or adopted/applied innovative manufacturing processes or business practices, was presented to InnovaPrep LLC, a privately-owned biotech research and development, licensing and manufacturing company located in Drexel. InnovaPrep's products improve workflow in laboratories and save its customers money.

IBM Corporation was the recipient of the Governor's Economic Development Project of the Year Award for the greatest state and local economic development impact project. IBM's "Project Tiger" chose Columbia as its site to house a service delivery center, providing IT systems management and operations, database management and overall IT project management while creating 800 new jobs The Governor's Community Project of the Year Award , given to recognize the best example of community development projects providing a significant impact on the community and its citizens, was presented to Opportunity Workshop Inc., Stanberry. Opportunity Workshop is a sheltered workshop that constructed a new ADA accessible production facility to provide a safer, healthier, uncluttered work environment for its employees. The facility enabled Opportunity Workshop to increase its number of disabled employees.

WillCo Technologies, Inc., Kansas City, was the recipient of the Governor's Minority Business Award, which is presented to a Missouri minority business that has demonstrated business development through significant growth and effective use of business start-up, internal processes, and innovative use of new and existing marketing methods. WillCo Technologies is an intelligent information technology consulting firm creating simple solutions to complex issues.

The Individual Achievement Award, which honors individuals that have overcome barriers to successfully prepare for a new career opportunity with assistance from Missouri's workforce development system were presented to: Oscar Montooth, Central Region; Aaron Heimsoth, East Jackson County Region; Nickole Crites, Jefferson-Franklin County Region; Johnta Garlington, Kansas City and Vicinity Region; James Dye, Northeast Region; Koester family, Northwest Region; Margarett Randolph, Ozark Region; Jamie Crowell, South Central Region; Loretta Boland, Southeast Region; James Ralston, Southwest Region; Carol Cadwallader, St. Charles County Region; Laura Killion, St. Louis City Region; Trenton Pratt, St. Louis County Region; Eric Fizer, West Central Region.

Outstanding Service to Veterans Awards were given to: Ron Pierson, Niakia Phillips, Danny D. Henderson, Carol Drummond and Jeffery Fink.

TNS-AD-JF78100921-3013475 StaffFurigay (c) 2010 Targeted News Service

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