Every year at the event we hear people saying “oh, someone should have nominated this person or that person” — but when it finally comes to nomination time, people often cannot remember who they were thinking about nominating. So we decided to do something about that — we now accept nominations YEAR ROUND!
Please read the category descriptions below, and keep them in the back of your mind. Some very rewarding people, organizations, and businesses are often left out — just because nobody thought about nominating them, or thought that “surely someone else must have”.
The general categories are below for you to read and think about who would fit them, but ultimately the Chamber will decide which category to put them in.
We accept nominations year-round for the upcoming Community Achievement Awards!
Awards for Individuals (Not Businesses or Organizations)
Citizen of the Year Award: This is the highest honor, and is awarded to an individual who fits into many of the other categories but is deserving of much more. The person selected for this top honor can be anyone who has contributed selflessly to the Laughlin, Bullhead City, Mohave Valley and Fort Mohave areas, donating time, money, resources and/or public service work. This exceptional person sets an example for people of all ages, and has achieved significant respect both personally and professionally from their peers. This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize someone who continually works to improve the quality of life in our communities.
Youth Citizen of the Year Award: This award recognizes young leaders in their senior year of high school who exhibit civic pride through involvement in community projects or clubs, volunteer work, or extracurricular activities. Extracurricular activities may include debate club, drama, and/or participation in the arts. The winning nominee will receive a $1,000 scholarship, and the other three final nominees will each receive a $500 scholarship to be used at the college or vocational school of their choice. *Nominees must graduate from Laughlin, Mohave, or River Valley high schools, MALC, or Academy of Building Industries. Scholarships are only payable until the end of 2017.
Educator of the Year Award: This award is given to an exceptional teacher who is employed by one of the local school districts. This teacher has a real passion for teaching, and instills a spirit of intellectual curiosity, innovation and competitiveness into their students.
Tourism Award: This award is reserved for an individual who has positively impacted the tourism industry in the tri-state area, and includes people who are employed with the hotels, motels, resorts and casinos, and transportation or travel services industries. Special consideration is given to those who go above and beyond the duties of their employment, giving their time and energy to enhance our number one industry. Recognition of front line customer service professionals is encouraged.
Civic Service Award: This award is given to a local volunteer dedicated to serving on community or civic boards such as ad hoc committees, town boards, planning and zoning, parks and recs, public safety, and various other government or non-profit boards.
Public Service Award: This award is for an individual who is passionate about bettering their community, and is compensated for their efforts. It honors law enforcement, firefighters, emergency service workers, city council members, city or county staff members, department heads or paid elected or appointed positions representing the Laughlin, Bullhead City, Mohave Valley, or Fort Mohave areas.
Humanitarian Award: This award is for a person who is focused on the betterment of the community. They don’t have to belong to an organization, and they do not have to be part of a non-profit group. They are dedicated to community service, donating their time, talents and money to not-for-profit organizations. The top achiever in this category shows extraordinary passion and commitment to the cause(s) they champion.
Entrepreneur Award: This award honors a person who succeeds through risk and initiative – a person who is willing to take a chance and attempts to make a positive impact on the business world.
Communications Award: This award is reserved for an individual, not a business. It honors those in public relations, broadcasting or journalism that have made significant contributions in their field of endeavor in the tri-state area.
Awards for Businesses and Organizations
Green Business of the Year Award: This award recognizes the importance of creating a green, environmentally friendly model in business operations. This business utilizes a strategy (or strategies) fostering energy efficiency, energy sustainability, recycling and/or reutilization programs.
Small Business of the Year Award (Less than 100 employees): This award honors one for-profit business providing a much-needed service to the area, making outstanding contributions to the community, and/or setting an example for other businesses to follow.
Large Business of the Year Award (Over 100 employees): This award honors one for-profit business providing a much-needed service to the area, making outstanding contributions to the community, and/or setting an example for other businesses to follow.
Community and Social Service Award: This award is for an active non-profit organization or subsidiary that directly provides necessary services for our youth, seniors, or other less fortunate residents. Consideration is given to organizations providing valuable resources and enhancing the quality of life of program participants.
THREE SPECIAL AWARDS WILL ALSO BE PRESENTED,
HOWEVER THEY ARE CHOSEN FROM THE OTHER CATEGORIES BY OUR JUDGES.
Spirit of Nevada ~ Spirit of Arizona ~ Spirit of the Colorado River
Spirit of Nevada: Initiated by Congressman Porter’s office in the late 1990’s the ‘Spirit of Nevada’ Award captures the essence of the collaborative creative spirit exemplified in Laughlin’s growth and development. This top award recognizes an outstanding individual or program nominated for a Community Achievement Award who represents the ‘Spirit of Nevada’ through their involvement and exceptional contributions to Laughlin.
Spirit of Arizona: The esteemed award – designed after the highly coveted ‘Spirit of Nevada’ Award – recognizes an outstanding individual or organization representing the ‘Spirit of Arizona’ through their involvement and exceptional contributions to Bullhead City, Mohave Valley and Fort Mohave.
Spirit of the Colorado River: Recognizing the intricate relationship between the river communities bordering Nevada and Arizona, the ‘Spirit of the Colorado River’ recognizes an outstanding individual or program through their involvement and exceptional contributions to the region. This award represents the essence and the uniqueness that makes our region a great place to work and live.