Secretary of State
Grimes Calls for Nominations for Corporations for the Commonwealth Award

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, September 08, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is calling for nominations for the “Corporations for the Commonwealth” Award.


Grimes, the state’s chief business official, established the award earlier this year to recognize Kentucky businesses that commit to being leaders in their communities and the state. The deadline for nominations for the period ending September 30 is October 2, 2015.


“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.”

The inaugural Corporations for the Commonwealth large business honoree was Ventra Plastics in Logan County. The first small business to earn the recognition was ID+A, Inc., in Jefferson County.

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.

Each quarter, 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. 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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