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 Economic Development Director Receives Award for His Leadership in Advancing Agriculture Education

SPRINGFIELD � Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Director Warren Ribley was recognized by the Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education yesterday with the Perry Schneider Award of Special Recognition for his leadership in advancing agriculture education in Illinois. The Perry Schneider Award of Special Recognition is awarded to individuals for their contributions supporting, improving and expanding Illinois agricultural education.

During his remarks to Ag Day Luncheon attendees at the Illinois State Fair on Tuesday, where the recognition ceremony was held, Ribley highlighted the work the state is doing to build the local agriculture sector and create jobs for the future.

�It�s an honor to receive this award from ILCAE,� Dir. Ribley commented. �Illinois' roots are in agriculture. We are investing in opportunities that preserve its heritage, but also builds on the success of our past to create a more diversified and productive future.�

Through DCEO, the state has been focusing investments on developing and expanding high-growth sectors like agriculture, including training Illinois workers in these 21 st century occupations, promotion of local foods and infrastructure investments to quicken the innovation in these sectors.