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2000 Media Release


January 13, 2000
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Roger Larson, NBC, 434-4940

Mayor Announces Creation of New Business Award

Mayor Don Wesely today announced that his office and interested corporate citizens have created the Mayor's Community Conscience Award to honor a local business for its participation in meeting the human service needs of our city. The first award will be presented at an awards breakfast Friday January 28, 2000 at the National Bank of Commerce (NBC).

"The strength of our community depends on help from all segments of the city - government, business, foundations, unions, socials service agencies and more," Mayor Wesely said. "This new award will draw attention to the significant contributions the corporate sector makes to our quality of life in Lincoln."

The winner was selected by a panel of business people, headed by Roger Larson of NBC, Topher Hansen of CenterPointe and Steve Schmidt of Union Bank. Corporate leaders are invited to the breakfast, which will feature Ira Jackson, a fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, where he previously served as Associate Dean. He is also a former Executive Vice President of BankBoston. He is writing a book titled "Capitalism with a Conscience" and has created award-winning programs in the field of corporate citizenship. He is in Lincoln to attend the annual meeting of CenterPointe.

(There will be no announcement of the award winner until the breakfast.)

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