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PAR Wins Two National Awards at the Annual GRA Conference

PAR Wins Two National Awards at the Annual GRA Conference

Posted: 08/04/2003

The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR), recently received two national awards from the Governmental Research Association (GRA). GRA is the national organization of individuals and groups who study and make recommendations on state and local public policy issues. Both awards to PAR were presented during the annual GRA conference held recently in Chicago, Illinois.

PAR received the “Most Distinguished Research Award” for its study, “White Paper on Higher Education.” This is the highest award presented by GRA. This 2003 report is the first in a series of four published to inform the issue debates of the 2003 gubernatorial and legislative campaigns. This report focused on the role of higher education as a catalyst for economic development in Louisiana.

PAR also received a second-place merit award for policy impact for its report, “Louisiana’s Sunshine Laws: The Promise and Peril of New Technology.” With this award, GRA honored PAR for its efforts to protect and improve Louisiana’s sunshine laws particularly as a result of new developments in technology.

PAR was the only statewide research organization to win multiple awards at the 2003 conference. Since 1990, PAR has received the top research award five times, the most for any organization in the country.

“Getting this recognition from our national peers affirms the importance of the high standards PAR maintains in researching issues central to improving Louisiana,” said PAR President Jim Brandt.
For More Information Contact:
Jim Brandt – President
225 926-8414 (ext. 21)

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