On January 14, the Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP) held its 10th annual awards ceremony to recognize individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exemplary leadership in bettering the business climate and quality of life of the Inland Empire.
California Forward was honored with the President’s Award for the organization’s work to create inclusive and sustainable growth during a year of unprecedented hardships.
“The President’s Award really goes to an individual or organization that I feel is making a difference for our region,” said Paul Granillo, president and CEO of IEEP. “California Forward, while it’s a statewide organization, I think has helped the Inland Empire to tell our story and I’m grateful for the long-term partnership we have.”
Micah Weinberg, CEO of CA FWD was present at the ceremony to receive the award on behalf of the organization. “The IEEP has been such an important partner in our work, and all the work we’ve been doing together to build equitable economies so that all Californians can prosper throughout the state.”
Additional individuals and organizations recognized included:
- Non-profit of the Year – Inland Empire Community Foundation
- Educator of the Year – Dr. Henry D. Shannon, Superintendent/President, Chaffey College
- Business of the Year – Bank of America
- Chairman’s Award – Inland Empire Economic Center
- Larry Sharp Inland Empire Leadership Award – Lowell King, Regional Operations Officer, Goodwill SoCal
- Public Partner of the Year – Eugene D. Seroka, Chief Executive Officer, The Port of Los Angeles
- Regional Service Award – Lou Monville, Raincross Corporate Group
- Regional Service Award – Loma Linda University
“It is no secret that the Inland Empire Economic Partnership is a strong and influential voice throughout California,” said Eugene D. Seroka, CEO of the Port of Los Angeles mentioned while receiving the Public Partner of the Year Award. “The Port of Los Angeles is privileged to work with all of you on public policy issues to make sure that the Inland Empire meets it’s share of resources to meet the challenges of continued growth.”