WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) and Siemens Corporation last night presented the inaugural Siemens Sustainable Community Awards to three U.S. communities. The awards were presented to the City of Albuquerque, NM; the Chapel Hill-Carrboro, NC, Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Kingsport, TN. The three communities were recognized for their capability to successfully take on challenges such as environmental stewardship, economic growth, and social capital.
"These awards go to exceptional communities and leaders who have found new ways of solving 21st century challenges," said BCLC Executive Director Stephen Jordan. "Partnerships between the business sector and local community leaders can achieve a better quality of life for people in America's cities and towns. Congratulations to the 2008 model communities."
Awards were given in the categories of:
* Large Community - The City of Albuquerque won for AlbuquerqueGreen, a comprehensive sustainability plan backed by Mayor Martin J. Chávez that provides the vision and tools for the city to become a national model for energy conservation, clean energy production and use, and conservation technologies. Mayor Chávez accepted the award.
* Mid-Size Community - The Chapel Hill - Carrboro Chamber of Commerce was honored for creating the Foundation for a Sustainable Community, which invests in business and community resources to promote and advance environmental stewardship, social equity, and economic prosperity. Aaron Nelson, president and CEO of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, and Anne McKune, director of the Foundation for a Sustainable Community, accepted the award.
* Small Community - The City of Kingsport was recognized for its efforts, over the last decade, to revitalize the manufacturing town through a combination of training/workforce development, entrepreneurism, and diversification of the economic base. Jeff Fleming, assistant city manager for development, accepted the award.
U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue and Siemens Foundation President James Whaley presented the awards at a reception during BCLC's National Conference on Corporate Community Investment at Anaheim's Disneyland Resort.
BCLC is a 501(c)(3) affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is the Chamber's voice and resource for the social and philanthropic interests of the business community. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.