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                                           Public Communications Division
                          Department of Customer Services
                                             City & County of Honolulu

SEPTEMBER 24, 2002  


     Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris has been awarded the 2002 National Association of Counties (NACo) Distinguished Service Award for County Elected Officials.  The award recognizes county officials who have made a difference in workforce development.   Only two officials were selected among a field of nominations received by the National Association of Counties, according to Gary Gortenburg, Program Director of NACo.

     The award cited Mayor Harris’ accomplishments in the workforce investment area, specifically his leadership in forging partnerships between the city and more than 1,500 businesses and non-profit organizations to develop job skills and creating better jobs throughout Honolulu. 

     Mayor Harris’ tax incentives to encourage economic development and job growth in tourism and construction and his establishment of the Office of Economic Development were also noted.  The mayor was also cited for the City’s WorkHawaii program, which has since become one of the largest service-delivery agencies in Hawaii.  Under his direction, WorkHawaii has provided job training to more than 35,000 unemployed and disadvantaged adults and youth and has secured job opportunities for more than 23,800 individuals. 

     The award winners will be honored at the 31st Annual Workforce Development and Human Services Conference, November 14 – 17 in San Francisco, California. 

      Earlier this year, the American Planning Association (APA) presented Mayor Harris with its 2002 National Distinguished Leadership Award in recognition of his commitment to community-based planning, architecture and urban design.  The APA said the Mayor “has fostered the empowerment of citizens who now take much greater responsibility for their neighborhoods and communities.

     The Mayor is the only person to be named Public Administrator of the Year twice by the American Society of Public Administration.  During his tenure, Mayor Harris has garnered numerous awards and honors, including Governing Magazine’s Top 10 list of best-administered cities. 





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