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ORAU recognized with award for business excellence

Anderson County Chamber’s Large Business Excellence Award presented for community and economic contributions

Jun 26, 2013

2013 Large Business Excellence Award trophy

2013 Anderson County Chamber of Commerce Large Business Excellence Award (click image for high resolution version).

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce recently recognized ORAU with a business excellence award for community and economic contributions.

In its second annual Tribute to Business, the chamber presented local companies with Business Excellence awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award among other presentations.

ORAU was recognized with the Large Business Excellence Award, which is given to companies with more than 150 employees that have shown remarkable profitability, growth and community reputation.

“We are honored to receive this award and to be recognized for our contributions to this great community,” said Andy Page, ORAU president and CEO. “We are committed to working with the ├é┬ácitizens and leaders of Anderson County of focus on opportunities to make this community even better.”

Among ORAU’s 2012 contributions cited were those made through its Education Grant program that provided cash awards, equipment and other educational resources totaling more than $36,000 to 23 teachers from 15 area schools in the Oak Ridge, Clinton and Anderson County school systems. Since beginning the program in 2002, ORAU has provided more than $311,000 to schools in its community for projects that complement ORAU’s mission of enriching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. Additionally, ORAU awarded $5,000 to Lake City Middle School in Anderson County through its Extreme Classroom Makeover annual competition that helps teachers add enhanced technology to the classroom. The program aims to inspire more students to pursue math- and science-based careers.

Also, as an originating corporate sponsor of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program in Anderson County since 2001, ORAU has provided more than 246,000 books to area children from birth to age five. In 2012 alone, more than 2,400 children were enrolled under ORAU’s sponsorship of the program.

In 2012, ORAU and its employees donated more than $105,000 to United Way of Anderson County.

Accepting for ORAU were Monnie Champion, ORAU board secretary, and Tony Lester, ORAU vice president. 

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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