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Charles Benefield Award

Nominations are closed. Winners will be announced in Oklahoma City, OK during the LMI Training Institute Annual Forum/C2ER 2012 Annual Conference.

Background:
The Charles Benefield Award is given periodically during the Labor Market Information Training Institute Annual Forum. Benefield valued quality labor market information and was a tireless advocate for advancing the field. His career at the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) began when that agency had oversight of the statistical programs. When they moved to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in the 1970's he continued to be a voice for their value and importance within ETA. His efforts were instrumental in obtaining financial support for the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) and projections programs. In addition, his efforts to continuously improve the field played a large role in the establishment of the Labor Market Information Training Institute, with initial funding provided by ETA. In recognition of his vision and to continue his efforts in championing the advancement of the field, the Labor Market Information Training Institute created the award after his death.

Recent recipients include:

  • Bonnie Graybill, Deputy Division Chief, Labor Market Information Division, State of California (retired)
  • Bill Niblack, Missouri LMI Director
  • Nelse Grundvig, Wisconsin LMI Director
  • Steve Rosenow, Database Manager, National Crosswalk Service Center

The Benefield Award is designed to provide recognition to professionals advancing the art and science of labor market information through their leadership.

Call for Nominations:
The board of directors of the Labor Market Information Training Institute requests nominations for consideration of a 2011 Charles Benefield Award. Nominations may be made by an individual or on another's behalf.

For consideration, provide the nominee's full contact information and a one page letter of recommendation explaining how the individual has contributed to the advancement of the art and science of labor market information. Consideration is not limited to LMI Directors or staff of state labor market information agencies. Recipients should have significant experience in LMI, with a demonstrated impact on their own state and the national LMI system. This impact on the system could be through innovative and technical skills capacity-building. In addition, this could be through strong outreach or training with their own state's data users and other states' LMI shops.

Nominations must be received by email no later than April 15, 2012 and should be sent to Ron Kelly at rkelly@crec.net.

Final selection of a recipient will be made by a committee of the Labor Market Information Training Institute board of directors.


12th Annual Community and Economic Research Awards

Nominations are closed. Winners will be announced in Oklahoma City, OK during the C2ER 2012 Annual Conference.

The C2ER Community & Economic Research Awards program recognizes the contribution of research activities to the success of local, regional, and state/provincial economic development initiatives.

Purpose:
To increase the quality of economic development research by identifying meritorious projects and promoting the diffusion of creative ideas for research activities.

Eligibility:
All C2ER members are eligible to receive the award. Eligible projects are those in which the nominated research office plays a coordinating role or in which research activities play an integral role to the success of an economic development program, project, or activity. The programs, projects, and activities nominated may include those serving national, state/provincial, regional, and local areas. Ongoing programs or projects started within the last 24 months are eligible.

Project Categories:
Nominations should respond to one of the following categories of research activity:

  • Projects supporting business development activities
  • Data collection/dissemination efforts, including web-based systems
  • Policy analysis
  • Project impact/program evaluation or assessment
  • Projects supporting collaborative community/regional initiatives

Awards Presentation:
Awards will be presented in conjunction with the C2ER 2012 Annual Conference in Oklahoma City, OK.

Click here to download a PDF of the awards registration form, where you can also find more information about the application and selection processes.


Workforce Information Users Award

Nominations are closed. Winners will be announced in Oklahoma City, OK during the C2ER 2012 Annual Conference.

The C2ER awards program recognizes the efforts of Labor Market Information agencies in developing products and delivering data to support economic and workforce development efforts to states, regions, and localities.

Purpose:
To recognize the efforts of state LMI agencies in developing new data products or creative data delivery systems targeted to economic and workforce development professionals.

Eligibility:
All LMI Training Institute member states are eligible to receive the award. LMI agencies or their stakeholders may nominate products or delivery mechanism efforts. The data product, user feedback process, or user outreach process may include those serving national, state, regional and local areas. Ongoing programs or new projects are eligible to receive this award.

Project Categories:
Nominations may be submitted for a single category:

  • Workforce information products or outreach efforts

Awards Presentation:
Awards will be presented in conjunction with the C2ER 2012 Annual Conference in Oklahoma City, OK.

Click here to download a PDF of the awards registration form, where you can also find more information about the application and selection processes.


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