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Richard Blackwell Named Public Executive of the Year

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Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits to Honor Community Development Leaders

SAN FRANCISCO – Richard Blackwell, executive director of the Oconee Economic Alliance in South Carolina, was named a winner of the Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits 2016 Community Development Individual Achievement Awards. The awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated substantial assistance in the advancement of new markets tax credit (NMTC) policy and legislative priorities that have had benefitted the field of community development. Winners of the Community Development Individual Awards will be honored June 2 at the Novogradac New Markets Tax Credit Conference in Washington.

Blackwell won in the Public Executive of the Year category for his Oconee County workforce development initiatives. One of Blackwell’s programs is a youth apprenticeship partnership with the local school district that aims to give students the skills and experience needed to become a part of the workforce. Blackwell also championed the county’s ACT Work Ready Communities (WRC) certification, which measures the quality of a county’s workforce and signals to investors that the community is ready for business.

“Congratulations to the honorees of this year’s Community Development Individual Achievement Awards,” said Nicolo Pinoli, conference chairman and partner in Novogradac & Company LLP’s Portland, Ore., office. “Community development is a team effort, and we are honored to recognize leaders who inspire others to action through legislation, through policy initiatives and, most importantly, by example.”

Descriptions of the Novogradac 2016 Community Development Individual Achievement Awards winners can be found at In addition, the Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits conducts several awards programs that recognize excellence in affordable housing, community development, historic preservation and renewable energy. Nominations for each program are open year-round and more information can be found at



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For more information about the Novogradac Community Development Individual Achievement Awards, please contact Jennifer Young at (415) 356-8041 or by email at

Oconee Economic Alliance The Oconee Economic Alliance is a public-private nonprofit effort to accelerate job creation and capital investment, increase per capita income, diversify the local tax base and generate awareness of Oconee County, South Carolina as a business location. To learn more, please visit

  • Darlene Greene | Apr 14, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Congratulations, Richard, for well-deserved recognition of your service to Oconee County!

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