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April 04, 2016

Ron Phillips Receives NCRC's Senator William Proxmire Award

On March 17, at NCRC’s Annual Conference, CEI President and CEO Ron Phillips was awarded the Senator William Proxmire Award. This award recognizes the individual whose life’s work exemplifies the spirit and work of Senator Proxmire’s contributions to economic mobility. Senator Proxmire was the author and lead sponsor of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA).

Ron Phillips receives Senator William Proxmire Award from NCRC
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NCRC President and CEO John Taylor and Ron Phillips

“The incredibly important work NCRC has done as the watchdog of CRA has been among if not the most important tool of our work in community development,” said Ron Phillips. “The leadership of John Taylor, his board and many here who represent the history and diversity and goals of economic inclusivity of our roots, extend back to the civil rights period 50 years and more. I’m honored to be recognized both by this social justice community that defines so much of CEI’s formation, growth and impact in Maine, and especially rural development, with now a national presence in other nonmetro communities in the U.S.”


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