SUMMIT AWARDS

The deadline to submit a nomination is November 5, 2021, by 5 p.m. ET.

Each year, Indiana's top leaders in community development are celebrated during the awards ceremony at our annual Prosperity Indiana Summit. Any individual and program that exemplifies excellence in innovative leadership for Hoosier families or communities is eligible to win one of our four awards: Michael Carroll Community Economic Development Leadership Award, Robert O. Zdenek Staff Member of the Year Award, Key Award for Supportive Services Program of the Year, or John Niederman Rural Development Leadership Award. 

Nominate an individual or program that deserves to be recognized, and the winner will be announced during our annual Prosperity Indiana Summit on February 17, 2022. 

Award Descriptions

Michael Carroll Community Economic Development Leadership Award Presented by First Financial Bank

This signature award recognizes an "industry legacy or veteran" who has consistently provided excellent leadership, advocacy, support, and innovation in community development for many years. Individuals may work with nonprofit, government, or private organizations.

Congratulations to to our 2021 winner, Joe Bowling, Englewood Community Development Corporation!


Robert O. Zdenek Staff Member of the Year Award
Presented by Brightpoint

Recognizes a staff person with outstanding professional leadership in a community economic development organization. This person embodies dedication and commitment, and he/she provides innovative leadership within their own organization.

Congratulations to our 2021 winner, Serita Cabell, Memorial Community Development Corporation!


Key Award for Supportive Services Program of the Year
Presented by Merchants Bank of Indiana

Recognizes a community development program that is dedicated to improving quality of life for Hoosiers. It's innovative model is unique and service-oriented for other organizations within Indiana. Congratulations to our 2021 winner, Second Helping Satellite Kitchen!


John Niederman Rural Development Leadership Award
Presented by Fifth Third Bank

Recognizes outstanding leaders in rural community economic development.  Individuals have demonstrated excellent leadership that has improved quality of life, influenced policies, and fostered opportunities for growth in rural Indiana.

Congratulations to our 2021 winner, Charyl Luth, Affordable Housing Association of Indiana!

For additional questions, please contact Rita O'Donohue, Engagement Director

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