LEWISBURG, PA--(Marketwired - Jun 1, 2015) - Team Pennsylvania Foundation President, Laura Williams, recognized Playworld for creating jobs and making positive contributions to the state's economy, as part of the 2015 Governor's ImPAct Awards. Matthew Miller, CEO of Playworld, accepted the award at a ceremony at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa.
Playworld was named a winner of the ImPAct Awards due to its commitment to inclusive play, support of over 48 local non-profit organizations, and impact on providing playgrounds and positive play experiences to numerous communities within Pennsylvania.
"We are honored to be recognized for our dedication to inclusive play," said Miller. "Since its inception over 40 years ago, Playworld has been based in Pennsylvania and we're proud to be an active member of the community."
The Governor's ImPAct Awards recognized 50 companies from throughout the state in five categories: Community Impact, Jobs That Pay, Small Business Impact, Entrepreneurial Impact, and Export Impact. Playworld is proud to be the recipient of the Community Impact award for Central Pennsylvania. This award is given to a company that exemplifies the tenet of "doing well by doing good." Playworld showed a sustained commitment to the growth and development of their employees and the communities in which they do business.
"Today we celebrate Pennsylvanians who work hard every day to help their workers thrive, to grow their companies, and to improve the communities in which they live," Laura Williams said. "All of these things, one day, one place at a time, help to make Pennsylvania better."
Playworld was nominated for the award by the Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) network. Each of the 10 PREP regions submitted up to five nominations per category. The PREP network works to regionalize and coordinate local economic development services to businesses and entrepreneurs.
The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) provides grants through PREP to local economic development service providers that provide assistance and other resources to support local business expansion and growth.
The awards were sponsored by the state's private sector partner, Team Pennsylvania Foundation, and were coordinated by DCED, Team Pennsylvania Foundation (Team PA), and Journal Multimedia. Representatives from Team PA and Journal Multimedia evaluated the nominations and selected the award recipients.
Playworld believes The World Needs Play®. Play is vital to everyone's health and well-being. It's something you are never too young or too old to enjoy. We develop playground environments where creativity is king, belly laughs are welcome and children make the rules. Playworld's equipment and surfacing are designed to unleash the transformational power of play so bodies grow stronger, children play safely and imagination can take flight. For more than 40 years, Playworld has created innovative, inclusive and meaningful outdoor play experiences for all ages and abilities. Come play with us.
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