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Chamber recognizes achievements in diversity, workforce at annual celebration

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

RELEASE 14-015

On Tuesday, the Diversity Development Committee of the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of
Commerce recognized four Morgan County professionals during the 12th annual Diversity Awards Celebration at Ingalls Harbor Pavilion for their roles in promoting a diverse and vibrant workforce while playing a vital role in the business community.

James Nicholas, a measurement technician with Decatur Utilities, as well as co-operator of barber shops in Morgan County, was awarded the Community Involvement Award. The honor recognizes someone in Morgan County who is actively making a difference in the community and in the lives of others.

Lisa Jones, owner of Cricket by the Creek in Decatur, was awarded with the Longevity Award, recognizing endurance, prolonged life and durability while promoting diversity in their business.

Cornelio Reyes, a committee member of the North Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice, was awarded the Perseverance Award. The honor recognizes determination through struggles in their own business while holding to a purpose and course of action.

Emilio Sanchez, pastor for Hispanic ministries at Calvary Assembly of God church in Decatur, was presented with the Venessa Edmonds Champion of Diversity Award. Named for the chairperson of the Diversity Development Committee, the award is presented to an honoree who serves as a role model actively involved in the efforts of diversity development in Morgan County.

The mission of the Diversity Development Committee is to enhance the development of the existing and future workforce through local and regional partnerships and to provide a globally competitive business environment for the area. The Diversity program ensures that every member of the community has access to the knowledge and skills to succeed in the workplace.

For images of the award winners, click here. For more information about the Chamber's diversity development programs, visit the Chamber's website by clicking here

The Chamber wishes to thank its Strategic Partners for their support.

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