Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Launches Program to Recognize Good Corporate Citizens

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, June 03, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839

Today, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief business official, launched “Corporations for the Commonwealth,” a program to recognize both large and small businesses that commit to being leaders in their communities and in Kentucky.

“Kentucky businesses keep our economy going and growing, but they also deserve recognition for their dedication to public service and civic action,” said Grimes. “More than 100,000 businesses have started in the Commonwealth since I took office, and I’m proud to spearhead this initiative to honor those that go out of their way to improve their communities.”

Immediately upon taking office in January 2012, Grimes worked with state and national partners to release Kentucky's first-ever Civic Health Index, which uses data from the 2010 Census to examine various aspects of civic participation. From November 2012 through May 2013, Grimes conducted the Civic Health Initiative, hosting 15 public forums across the state to forge new partnerships and formulate innovative strategies to improve civic engagement in Kentucky.

It was evident through the Initiative that businesses play an important role in the civic health of their communities. From permitting employees to take leave time for volunteer activities, to organizing service programs, to providing incentives for employees who contribute to non-profit organizations, businesses are participating in and fostering efforts to improve their communities and our Commonwealth.

Semi-annually, Corporations for the Commonwealth will choose one large (more than 50 employees) and one small (50 employees or fewer) organization through a nomination process that is open to the public. The deadline for nominations for the period ending June 30 is July 6, 2015. Nomination forms are available and can be completed online.

Nominees must have demonstrated a commitment to corporate giving, a drive to improve local and/or regional social conditions, and a culture of giving within their organizations. They must also be registered with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office. Additional eligibility requirements are contained in the nomination packet.

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