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GREATER PHILADELPHIA FIRST ANNOUNCES NEW ANNUAL PUBLIC MANAGEMENT AWARD

GREATER PHILADELPHIA FIRST ANNOUNCES NEW ANNUAL PUBLIC MANAGEMENT AWARD
 PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 22, /PRNewswire/ -- Greater Philadelphia First (GPF) Chairman Samuel A. McCullough and Philadelphia Mayor Edward G. Rendell announced today, at a press conference following the GPF Annual Meeting, the establishment by GPF of the Greater Philadelphia First Public Management Award.
 The award will annually honor an individual who has demonstrated exemplary performance as a management employee of the city of Philadelphia, and will specifically seek to recognize results that have had a major impact of how the city functions.
 The award consists of a stipend -- up to a maximum of $10,000 -- for tuition and related expenses for a program of professional development, education and training. The city of Philadelphia will permit -- subject to departmental approval -- paid leave, up to a maximum of seven weeks, for the winner to attend such a program.
 "Greater Philadelphia First has been involved for some time in efforts to improve the management and fiscal stability of the city of Philadelphia," said McCullough, who also serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Meridian Bancorp. "Last year we worked very hard, both in Harrisburg and in Philadelphia, to encourage the formation of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA). The oversight that PICA has provided, and the progress that the city has made under Mayor Rendell and City Council President Street are extremely encouraging. We hope that this award will focus attention on exemplary management performance in the city and will encourage innovation and excellence at all levels of local government."
 Rendell pledged the city's support for the award and cited it as an outstanding example of expanding cooperation between the public and private sectors in Philadelphia. "As city government is increasingly required to do more with less, the job of the municipal manager is absolutely critical," said Rendell. "I salute Greater Philadelphia First for its vision in creating this award, and hope that it may become a national model in efforts to improve local government management."
 Individuals in departments or agencies under the mayor who exercise significant management responsibility are eligible to apply for the Public Management Award. Both represented and non-represented employees are eligible, but elected and appointed officials are not. Applications will be available shortly through city cabinet members and commissioners or through Greater Philadelphia First's office.
 An independent selection committee, appointed by Greater Philadelphia First, will review all applications. The first award winner will be announced in March 1993.
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 /CONTACT: Mary G. Gregg, deputy director of Greater Philadelphia First, 215-575-2200/ CO: Greater Philadelphia First Corporation ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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