Winners are announced during the Awards Luncheon on February 1, 2023. 

Nominate an individual or program that deserves to be recognized! Each year, we celebrate Indiana's top leaders in community development during the awards luncheon at our annual Prosperity Indiana Summit. Any individual or program that exemplifies excellence in innovative leadership or service on behalf of Hoosiers is eligible to win one of our four awards:

Michael Carroll Leadership Award
Robert O. Zdenak Staff Member of the Year Award
Key Award for Supportive Services Program of the Year
John Niederman Rural Development Leadership Award

All candidates receive one free ticket to summit and are acknowledged in a press release prior to the event. Winners join an elite group of Indiana's best community development leaders, and they also receive an award and cash donation of $1,000-$2,500. 

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 2022 winner, Janine Betsey, Gene B. Glick Company!

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 2022 winner, Eric A. Frey, II, Southern Indiana Housing and 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 2022 winner, Anna Schoon, Northwest Indiana Community Action!

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 2022 winner, Prevent Pricks with ShipHappens!

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

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