Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Arizona Capitol Times launches second annual Leaders of the Year in Public Policy Awards Luncheon and Presentation

We're looking for public policy champions

Arizona Capitol Times will honor those who advance public policy through dedication, hard work and an unrelenting desire to keep moving the state forward. The second annual Leaders of the Year in Public Policy luncheon will be held Sept. 24 at the Wyndham hotel in downtown Phoenix. The keynote speaker at the event will be Jennifer Duffy, senior editor of the Cook Political Report.

"Leaders of the Year identifies and honors leadership and excellence in public policy without regard to political affiliation or partnership," said Ginger Lamb, vice president and publisher of the Arizona Capitol Times. "It was created to give the public an opportunity to nominate individuals for the award based on what transpired during the 2008 legislative session. We will salute those who have had a positive impact on the state and the people of Arizona."

But first, you, our readers, will be asked to nominate individuals and organizations for awards in the following categories: arts and humanities, business, economic development, education, environment, government, health care, legislative, public safety, social services, technology, transportation, volunteerism, lifetime achievement and unsung hero.

The nomination deadline is Aug. 1. A nomination form with further instructions is attached to this email.

Last year, a crowd of 400 attended the luncheon and more than 40 individuals and groups were nominated. The 2007 honorees were: Arts & Humanities, Senator Carolyn Allen, District 8; Business, Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Economic Development, Kevin McCarthy, President, AZ Tax Research Association; Education, Arizona Business & Education Coalition; Environmental, David P. Kimball, III, Shareholder, Gallagher & Kennedy; Government, Senator Bob Burns, District 9; Health Care, Hospice of the Valley; Legislative, Rebekah Friend, Executive Director/Secretary, Treasurer, Arizona AFL-CIO, Public Safety, Andrew Thomas, Maricopa County Attorney; Social Services, Gretchen Jacobs, Of Counsel, Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Technology, Government Information Technology Agency; Transportation, Gary Hayes, Executive Director, Pima Association of Governments; Volunteer, Martin L. Shultz, Vice President Public Affairs, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation; Lifetime Achievement, Chuck Shipley (posthumous)

Tickets for the event are $75 each or $750 for a table of ten.

For more information, call 602-258-7026.

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