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New categories for chamber banquet awards

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Jan 12, 2018

The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce has created new categories for its annual awards banquet.

Chamber event coordinator Brittney Tiller said the Annual Awards Banquet Committee has been busy since the last awards banquet in April to create award categories that “best reflect our vibrant town.”

This year’s awards banquet will be April 12 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. Award nominations are due by 5 p.m. March 1. Those interested in making a nomination should contact the chamber at events@fairfieldiowa.com, or by calling 472-2111.

The awards banquet committee consists of Darin Dowd, Desiree Regnier, Joe Stever, Joneane Parker, Josh Laraby, Susan Gail, Darien Sloat and Brittney Tiller. They have created a new online nomination form which allows residents to quickly and easily nominate the businesses they feel best deserve the awards.

“Every award the Chamber gives recognizes outstanding investment and innovation achieved by Fairfield business and community institutions,” Tiller said. “Honored achievements include capital improvements, community investment, innovation, and lifelong accomplishment.”

The highlight of the banquet is learning who will be named a Citizen of the Year. These honorees are selected by previous winners, and are recognized for their outstanding volunteer service which significantly contributed to the betterment of community life in Fairfield. Last year’s recipient will read biographical information about this year’s, without revealing their name until the very end.

Doors open at 5 p.m. April 12 with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. and wrap up by 9 p.m. Reservations are $38 per person if they are submitted by 5 p.m. April 6. After that, reservations will be $45 per person.

 

This year’s award categories and their description are as follows:

 

Agriculture Award

Recognizing a Jefferson County area individual or business for their contribution to the agricultural sector and/or economy.

 

Best Kept Secret Award

Recognizing a Fairfield business exemplifying the modern definition of best practices while maintaining a low profile in our community.

 

Business Improvement Award

Recognizing businesses and organizations for notable internal or external physical improvement to the appearance of their business completed in 2017

 

Economic Impact Award

Recognizing a business or organization for significant contribution to the economic vitality of the Fairfield area through job growth, tax base expansion, or infrastructure construction/renovation.

 

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Recognizing a business owner for their high level of entrepreneurial spirit setting Fairfield apart.

 

Legacy Award

Recognizing individuals for choosing Fairfield to grow their business and created a lasting impact in the Fairfield Community over the past 20 years.

 

Manufacturer of the Year

Recognizing a manufacturer or distributor demonstrating exemplary customer service and excellence in its industry.

 

Project of the Year

Recognizing a 2017 community project making Fairfield a better place to live, work, and play.

 

Restaurant of the Year

Recognizing a restaurant or bar demonstrating exemplary customer service and excellence in its industry.

 

Retailer of the Year

Recognizing a retail business demonstrating exemplary customer service and excellence in its industry.

 

Rising Star Award

Recognizing a business in their first five years of operation making outstanding contributions to the Fairfield Area.

 

Service Business of the Year

Recognizing a service business demonstrating exemplary customer service and excellence in its industry.

 

Student Employee of the Year

Recognizing a local high school student employee demonstrating outstanding reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, interpersonal skills, and unique contributions to the employer.

 

Tourism Award

Recognizing a business, organization, or project acting as a tourism catalyst for the Fairfield Community.

 

Young Professional of the Year

Recognizing an individual, 40 years or younger, for their outstanding commitment to the community, professional accomplishments, and volunteerism.

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