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Chambers set schedules


■ The Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce will have a joint luncheon at noon on Wednesday at the Kenai Visitor Center. A special panel discussion on Cook Inlet fisheries is planned. The panel is scheduled to run until 1:30 p.m. RSVP to 283-1991.

Soldotna Chamber announces annual award recipients

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce announced its annual awards recipients during a luncheon Tuesday. Award winners are:

Business Of The Year Award — ConocoPhillips

Person Of The Year Award — Borough Mayor Mike Navarre

Devoted Service to Youth Award — Birch Ridge Golf Association.

Small Business of the Year — Kenai Catering

Volunteer of the Year — Credit Union 1

Excellence in Profession Award — Matt Wilson

Pioneer of the Year Award — Tom and Lyn Hodel

Honorary Lifetime Member — Merrill Sikorski

Borough recognized for budget work

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) recently awarded the Kenai Peninsula Borough its “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award” for its budget. The award represents a significant achievement and reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. The borough was one of 1,340 entities that received the award.

“The borough is a long-time recipient of this prestigious award, which illustrates the KPB’s collective commitment to practice good financial stewardship. I greatly appreciate the professional approach and diligent work that Mr. Chapman and the finance department staff have dedicated to the successful management of the budgetary process,” Borough Mayor Mike Navarre said.

Craig Chapman, KPB Finance Director, accepted the award on behalf of his department’s achievements.

In order to receive the budget award, the borough had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well the borough’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device. Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving over 17,800 government finance professionals throughout North America. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

School district earns two financial reporting awards

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has received two awards: a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting (COE) and the prestigious Meritorious Budget Award (MBA).

One of 126 school districts nationwide, and one of only two school districts in Alaska, KPBSD has received the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International’s prestigious Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for their 2012-2013 annual budget document. In a press release, ASBO wrote, “As recipients of the Meritorious Budget Award, these school districts have demonstrated excellence in budget presentation through understandable and clear budget guidelines; state of the art budget practices; short- and long-term goals; sound fiscal management practices; and professional growth for the school system’s budget staff.”

The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is proud to honor 126 school districts with the prestigious Meritorious Budget Award for their 2012–2013 budget submissions. The Meritorious Budget Awards (MBA) program, sponsored by ING, promotes and recognizes excellence in school budget presentation and enhances school business officials’ skills in developing, analyzing, and presenting a school system budget.”

“Each year our finance department quietly works behind the scenes to efficiently manage the district’s finances,” said Dr. Steve Atwater, superintendent. “The annual preparation of the district budget is an enormous task that once completed, is exemplary. All of us at KPBSD applaud the finance department for once again earning the meritorious budget award.”

Job center hosts classes

The Peninsula Job Center will offer the following workshops the week of Jan. 13:

Monday, Jan. 20 — The Peninsula Job Center will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Tuesday, Jan. 21 — 9:00 am, Job Club – Topic: Interviewing Skills; 10:30 am, Job Prep

Wednesday, Jan. 22 — 9:00 am, Job Club – Topic: Interviewing Skills;10:30 am, CareerReady 101 Lab; 1:30 pm, WorkKeys® Testing

Thursday, Jan. 23 — 9:00 am, Job Club – Topic: Interviewing Skills; 1:30 pm, Resume Writing Workshop

Friday, Jan. 17 — No workshops offered

All workshops are free of charge to the public.

Those interested in attending any of the workshops offered at the Peninsula Job Center can call 335-3010 or visit the job center located in Kenai at 11312 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite No. 2.

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