Collaboration Excellence Award nominees welcome

By Roz Weis,

The “Exellence in Collaboration Award” is new and the nomination form is now available. This award was developed by the Decorah Area Chamber and Luther College to specifically recognize and celebrate excellence in collaboration between the college and the Decorah community.

The award is designed to recognize an individual or team demonstrating successful cooperation, collaboration, or innovation to positively impact quality of life for campus and community. Award committee members said the recipient may have worked on a specific project, event, or initiative that ultimately benefits campus life, community vibrancy, health and wellness, open communication, or local economy.

Individuals, businesses, organizations, and college departments/teams are all eligible. There is no cost to nominate and self-nomination is allowed. The award recipient will be recognized in a press release from Luther College, in a press release from the Decorah Area Chamber, and in-person as part of the annual Luther Luncheon event. TheĀ nomination form is available on the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce website. Each year, one award will be given, with the inaugural award being presented at the Luther Luncheon on January 22nd 2024. The award nomination form is open from June 8, 2023 to Nov. 1, 2023.

In November, the Award Committee will meet to select the award recipient. Awardees are notified in December to ensure attendance at the formal Award Presentation taking place as part of the Luther Luncheon event on Jan. 22.Excellence in Collaboration Award Selection Committee includes representation from both the Decorah Area Chamber and Luther College as well as area partners:Luther College: VP of Development Mary Duvall, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Dr. Robert Clay, Development Office Coordinator Shelley HurstDecorah Area Chamber: Executive Director Jessica Rilling, Board President Sara ThomasWinneshiek County Development & Tourism: Executive Director Stephanie FrommUnited Way of Winneshiek County: Board Past President Ashley BakerDowntown Decorah Betterment Association: Board Director Matt BurkeyCity of Decorah: Mayor Lorraine Borowski

Questions about the award, eligibility, or the 2024 Luther Luncheon event, should be directed to Executive Director for the Decorah Area Chamber, Jessica Rilling, at 563-382-3990.

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