Source: ETEC News Release | May 28, 2015

The East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC) is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Muddy Boot Award and Postma Young Professional Medal. Please visit the nominations page for details. Nominations will be accepted through August 14, 2015.

muddy boot transparent backgroundIn 1973, the founders of ETEC (then the Roane Anderson Economic Council or R-AEC) created the Muddy Boot Award to reflect the efforts of the Manhattan Project founders of Oak Ridge, who worked through adverse conditions to build the community. Each year thereafter, ETEC has honored individuals or groups of people who have continued to help build and bolster the community’s economic base. The award has been presented to elected officials, business leaders, representatives of the Department of Energy, and others.

The objective is to recognize an individual – not an institution – for significant and long-term contributions to the East Tennessee region with respect to the federal government programs and its spin-offs by leveraging the federal presence to create private sector jobs. Participation in the community beyond the workplace is essential.

The 2014 recipients include: David Coffey, Oak Ridge Entrepreneur; Denise Kiernan, Author and Historian; and, Thom Mason, Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

In conjunction with the annual presentation of the Muddy Boot, ETEC will also publicly award the Postma Young Professional Medal.

MedalIn 2005, ETEC created the Postma Young Professional Medal to honor the accomplishments of young professionals who have made an impact and fostered a community culture in Oak Ridge and the region. Former ORNL Director Herman Postma epitomized this community spirit during his life; and his wife, Pat, continues the tradition of service today through her local involvement.

The 2014 recipients were Cortney Piper, Principal, Piper Communications and Betsy Prine, Vice President, Gilmartin Engineering Works.

Nomination submissions for the Muddy Boot Award and Postma Young Professional Medal should include a letter to the selection committee containing specific reasons for the nomination. Submissions for the Postma Young Professional Medal should also include the resume of the nominee.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, August 14, 2015, and may be submitted on ETEC’s website, by email or mail.

Email nominations

Mail nominations to: ETEC 2015 Awards Committee; Subject – 2015 Awards Committee; 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Suite 100; Oak Ridge, TN 37830.