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Business Notebook for Aug. 28

A roundup of business news in Fayetteville and Cumberland County


Fayetteville receives top honor in public relations awards

The city of Fayetteville received a top honor at the North Carolina Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America Annual Inspire Awards.

The city received a Silver Award for the category of Events and Observances for the 2021 Veterans Day virtual program, the city said in a release. The city also received an Honorable Mention for the category of Reputation/Brand Management for the Can Do Carolina City rebrand, the release said.

The awards ceremony was on Aug. 18 at the Raleigh City Club.

It was the first PRSA award earned by the city for work by the Marketing and Communications team, the release said.

“The team works hard to produce high-quality programs and ensure integrated marketing and communications efforts meet the needs of Fayetteville residents,” Fayetteville Chief of Staff Jodi Phelps said in the release. “I could not be prouder of this talented group of professionals as this recognition means they are creating some of the best work in our state, especially for our broadcast programming and branding.”

Deadline approaching for ‘Local Hero’ award nominations

The deadline is approaching to nominate someone for the Greater Fayetteville Chamber’s “Local Hero’’ award, which will be presented as part of its Public Safety & Valor Awards later this year. The deadline to submit a nomination is Sept. 5.

This is the fifth year the chamber has presented its Public Safety & Valor Awards, which recognize public safety officials, including police, fire and emergency medical technicians, in three categories. They are: 

  • Valor Award: The highest award for valor and heroism. Awarded in cases in which a public safety official knowingly places themselves at risk of death or extreme serious bodily harm in the performance of an official act.
  • Lifesaving Award: This is awarded in recognition of official acts taken in a  situation where an individual's life is in jeopardy either medically or physically.
  • Award of Merit: This recognizes outstanding public safety work that demonstrates initiative, ingenuity and/or diligence in the performance of his/her duties.

The "Local Hero" award is new this year and relies on nominations from the public. The deadline to submit a nomination is Sept. 5. The selection committee will review the nominations and select one to award at the event.

To submit a nomination go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSewhfaSdmXGBpO2rSORrZbyiwVF9fDgcsyuP07G8mAvpsdFQQ/viewform

This year's event is scheduled for Oct. 18 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Cliffdale campus of Manna Church.

Cape Fear Valley’s Langston receives Healthier Communities Award

Brian Langston, Cape Fear Valley Health’s corporate director of patient logistics – critical care transport, was recently awarded the 2022 Healthier Communities Award.

He was one of 11 people honored for their work with the Statewide Patient Movement Coordination Team during the height of the COVID-19 surges, the hospital said in a release.

“It was my privilege to represent the commitment of Cape Fear Valley to our communities and the state,” Langston said in the release. “I am honored to receive recognition by the North Carolina Healthcare association for that effort. Our success as a SPMCT would not have been possible without the daily dedication of our own Transfer Center and Patient Placement team members in our Command Center and those across the state.”


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