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C2ER & LMI Institute announce 2014 award winners

C2ER has awarded their 2014 Applied Community Research Awards. The following individuals and their organizations were presented with their awards during Pittsburgh 2014, C2ER’s recent Annual Conference:

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Excellence in Support for Project Impact Analysis/ Program Evaluation or Assessment
Lafayette Economic Development Authority – Lafayette Economic Performance Index
(Anne Falgout and Megan Segura pictured)

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Excellence in Support for Data Collection/Dissemination (Including Web-based Systems)
Missouri Economic Research and Information Center; Missouri Division of Workforce Development – Training to Work Explorer
(Alan Spell pictured)

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Excellence in Supporting Collaborative Community/Regional Initiatives
Greater Akron Chamber – Business Retention and Expansion Program/Greater Akron Partnership
(Sheri Shields pictured)

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Excellence in Support for Business Development (Recruitment and Retention)
Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Services/Michigan Workforce Development Agency – Identifying Labor Supply and Demand Issues in Priority Industry Clusters
(Aneesa Rashid, Ph.D. and Leonidas Murembya, Ph.D., center, pictured)

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Charles Benefield Award
Rebecca Rust,  Director and Chief Economist, Labor Market Statistics Center – Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation
The award recognizes professionals demonstrating outstanding leadership in advancing the art and science of labor market information (LMI). Ms. Rust has three decades of service to the profession, including 21 year with the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation. She was previously awarded the 2010 Workforce Development Professional of the Year award from the Florida Economic Development Council.
(Rebecca Rust pictured, right)