■ Rep. Hal Rogers, chairman of Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, has been awarded the 2011 Distinguished Rural Kentuckian Award from the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives. The award recognizes Rogers' support for electric co-ops in Congress. The electric co-ops of Kentucky have presented the Distinguished Rural Kentuckian Award annually since 1982 to people who have worked to improve the quality of life in the state.
■ Marshel Harris, vice president for finance and compliance with The National Institute for Hometown Security in Somerset, has earned the Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional designation. Individuals who earn CCEP certification are understood to have knowledge of relevant regulations and expertise in compliance processes sufficient to help corporate industries understand and address legal obligations and operate effective compliance programs.
■ McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland has received a first-tier ranking in the 2011-12 U.S. News Best Lawyers Best Law Firms in the area of administrative/regulatory law. In addition, James Frazier, managing member; Lisa Hinkle, partner; and associates Bruce Simpson and Doug Logsdon were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2012 edition. Frazier was selected in the field of real estate law, Hinkle in the field of health care law, Simpson in the field of personal injury litigation and Logsdon in the field of bankruptcy litigation.
■ The Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises and MACED, Kentucky-based community lenders that serve central Appalachia, join 28 of the top CARS-rated community development financial institutions that have been awarded first-round grants from the new national job- creation initiative Create Jobs for USA, launched from a partnership between Starbucks and Opportunity Finance Network. One hundred percent of donations collected online at Createjobsforusa.org and at Starbucks' company-operated stores in the United States will go to CDFIs to finance underserved community businesses. To read more, go to Opportunityfinance.net/findacdfi.
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■ Mary Quinn Ramer, Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau vice president of tourism and marketing, has been chosen by PhoCusWright, a travel, tourism and hospitality research firm, as part of the 2011 Class of Young Leaders. The Young Leaders Summit is made up of a group of young leaders (35 leaders younger than 35) in the travel industry.
■ The Kentucky Small Business Administration and its lending partners set a new loan dollar record in fiscal year 2011. For the year, 623 loans in the amount of $196 million were approved. This represents a 26 percent increase in dollar volume over the previous record set in 2010. In fiscal year 2011, 238 microloans were made, with a value of more than $2.4 million. Lexington-based Community Ventures Corp. awarded 76 percent of the microloans in Kentucky last year.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo