MRA, the Management Association Inc., has announced 15 finalists for its two community involvement awards.

The winners be announced later this month at an event that will feature former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar as keynote speaker.

MRA had asked residents in the region to nominate businesses in their areas.

“The response was amazing,” said Heather Roberts, executive director of the Iowa/Illinois division of MRA. “As a result of the public nomination process, we are recognizing a total of 15 finalists for the Business Community Award and two regional impact awards.”

MRA, a Midwest-based employers association, will host a ceremony Oct. 27 to recognize the finalists and the award winners. The public is invited to the 2014 Business Appreciation and Awards reception beginning at 5 p.m. at the iWireless Center, Moline. 

In the Business Community Award category, the five finalists are: Arndt Chiropractic Center, Inc.; Bush Construction; DHCU Community Credit Union; Modern Woodmen of America; Royal Neighbors of America.

For the MRA Regional Impact Award, for-profits finalists include: Alcoa-North American Rolled Products; Group O; KJWW Engineering Consultants; Missman, Inc.; Tennant Truck Lines

Not-for-profit finalists: Ascentra Credit Union; Career Cruising Quad-Cities; Greater Quad-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Quad-City Botanical Center; Renew Moline

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“The finalists are all companies that have touched people’s lives and shown support for the community,” Roberts said. “Based on the many responses we received, we determined that the regional impact category would be better served if we separated it into for-profit and fot-for-profit finalists."

Finalists were judged by  a variety of criteria categories.

Admission is $75 per person, $550 for groups of eight. Dress will be business attire. To register for the awards reception, call 888-516-6357 or email awards@mranet.org.

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