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Shelley Lauten to be Recognized

Will Receive the ACCE 2013 John Parr Award

Monday, July 15, 2013

The American Chamber of Commerce Executives has announced that Shelley Lauten has been selected to receive the 2013 John Parr Award, recognizing a lifetime of outstanding individual leadership excellence in advancing regional stewardship of metropolitan areas across the United States.

The Parr Award will be formally presented on July 25 at the American Chamber of Commerce Executives' (ACCE) annual convention in Oklahoma City. Introducing Lauten to receive the award will be Jacob Stuart, president and CEO of the Central Florida Partnership, the parent organization of myregion.org, where Lauten served as president for 14 years.

The John Parr Award was established in 2008 by the Alliance for Regional Stewardship (ARS) to recognize individuals who have dedicated their work and personal lives, as well as social/political capital, to regional stewardship. The award commemorates the legacy of the late John Parr (1948--2007), former chief executive of the National Civic League, co-founder of ARS, and one of America's foremost advisors in the areas of collaborative government, public/private partnerships, and regional governance. Today ARS is represented by the Regional Strategies Division which is housed within and supported by ACCE. With this award, Shelley joins a list of esteemed regional stewards including: Doug Henton, CEO, Collaborative Economics; the Honorable William H. Hudnut, III, Senior Fellow Emeritus, The Urban Land Institute, Former U.S. Congressman (IN), and Former Mayor, Indianapolis, IN; Robert McNulty, CEO, Partners for Livable Communities; Curtis Johnson, Neal Peirce, and Farley Peters, Founding Principals, The Citistates Group; and Joan Riehm, former Deputy Mayor, Louisville, KY.

"Shelley Lauten's dedicated and award-winning work in bringing together diverse public, private and civic interests to shape livable communities, emulates the ideals that John Parr represented. We are pleased to honor and recognize Shelley with this lifetime achievement award," said Paul Matthews, Executive Director of 495/Metro West Corridor Partnership in Westborough, Mass. Matthews also serves as chair of ACCE's Regional Strategies Division which represents ARS.

"As a Line of Business of the Central Florida Partnership, myregion.org has enjoyed success and recognition at the regional, state, and national levels due in no small part to the efforts of Shelley Lauten," said Jacob Stuart, President of the Central Florida Partnership. "Shelley played a leadership role that was untested and remains unmatched in guiding regional collaboration and has made a name for herself over the last decade as one of the premier experts in this field and for myregion.org as a model for regional development programs. This latest recognition of her service through the John Parr Award by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives is a testament to Shelley and our collective work."

A recognized visionary and entrepreneurial leader, Lauten has recently co-founded triSect, LLC, with her partners the Honorable Glenda E. Hood and the Honorable Steven M. Seibert. triSect is a strategy consulting firm helping organizations and communities create and implement shared visions and strategic directional plans.

Prior to founding triSect, Lauten served as president of myregion.org, a business unit of the Central Florida Partnership. Under her leadership, myregion.org gained state and national recognition for its groundbreaking work.

Her work has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including the 2007 Council for Sustainable Florida's "Best Practice–Business Partnership" Award and The Urban Land Institute-Central Florida 2008 Champion of Sustainability Award. The Commission for Architecture and Built Environment in London, England, cited the 2009 "Where In the World Are We" Progress Report, a project of myregion.org, as a "Best Practice example of measurement and indicators." The National Alliance for Regional Stewardship and ACCE recognized myregion.org as the first recipient of its Ten Award for Distinguished Achievement in Sustained Stewardship.

Throughout her career, Lauten has been an industry and community leader. She was chair of the Alliance for Regional Stewardship/ACCE, a member of the executive board of the Urban Land Institute-Central Florida, and served the boards of ACCE's Community Growth Educational Foundation and the Florida Chamber Foundation.

Supported by ACCE, ARS members come from business, government, education, and the civic sectors and share a common commitment to collaborative action and achieving results. ARS is committed to the idea that strong and vibrant regional communities are built on four principles of regional stewardship: an innovative economy, livable communities, social inclusion, and a collaborative style of governance.