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Governor Seeks Nominations for North Star Awards for International Excellence


April 24, 2013, Juneau, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell is seeking nominations for the annual Governor’s North Star Awards for International Excellence. The awards honor businesses and organizations that contribute significantly to Alaska’s trade, investment and international relations.

“Alaskans can celebrate their success in international business, education, and scientific or cultural activities,” Governor Parnell said. “Our state is connected in many ways to markets and people around the world through our international links.”

Alaskan businesses, schools, and other organizations active in international arenas may nominate others or themselves in one or more categories: export of goods, export of services, foreign investment, education, the travel industry, transportation, cultural exchange, humanitarian exchange or scientific exchange.

Awards are given in several categories in any given year but are not necessarily given in all categories each year. The Export Council of Alaska and others assist the State of Alaska in reviewing nominations.

The companies and organizations honored in past years include:

2012 – Holland America Line, RIM Architects, and Helping Hands for Nepal.

2011 – Teck Resources Limited, Hai Shirokuma Tours, Turnagain Elementary School Russian Immersion Program, Affinity Films, and PolyEarth Construction International.

2010 - Seafood Producers’ Cooperative, Coastal Villages, All Alaska Tours, China Airlines, Institute of the North, and Alaska Sudan Medical Project.

The awards will be presented at the Export Alaska luncheon in June.

Nominations are due by 5:00 pm on May 3. The Governor's North Star Awards for International Excellence nomination form and instructions are available at:

For more information contact Patricia Eckert at (907) 269-8118.

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