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For Immediate Release June 22, 1998

Contact Beverly Nykwest, ext. 20

Capital District RPC receives national award

TULSA-The Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC) received a Distinguished Service Award, the top honor given by the National Association of Regional Councils, for its Juvenile Secure Detention Facility Project.

The Capital District RPC is the only regional council in the United States to build and operate such a facility on behalf of its local governments.

Judges called the center operation "an innovative approach to serving a significant need of local governments" and commended the CDRPC for its efforts at finding a way to carry out the project.

Chungchin Chen, Executive Director, Henry Dennis, Chairman and NARC board member and former chairman of the CDRPC, John Buono accepted the award during the Annual Conference of NARC held in Tulsa, Oklahoma last week.

For additional information, contact Chungchin Chen at (510) 393-1715.

The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), founded in 1965 by the National League of Cities and the National Association of Counties, represents councils of government, planning commissions and development districts throughout the United States. NARC represents these organizations through advocacy for regional approaches to local government issues; with technical assistance, networking and training programs. Principal areas of interest include economic development and rural development, workforce development, transportation, environmental issues (water, solid waste, clean air, water quality), elderly services and housing. The association is also the parent organization of the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, which serves the interests of transportation planners and project developers in large and small cities and rural areas throughout the country. NARC founded the Institute for the Regional Community in 1994 to promote the concept of regionalism and to bring together local officials, the business community, the civic organizations and academia to discuss, share ideas and work toward coordinated strategies to enhance the economic and social well being of metropolitan and rural/small city regions.

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