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Bob Fulkerson, director of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, has been named one of 17 recipients of the 2005 Leadership for a Changing World award from the Ford Foundation.

He was selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 nominations for the awards which honor individuals and leadership teams “tackling some of the nation’s most difficult social problems.”

Each will receive $100,000 to advance their work and an additional $15,000 for supporting activities over the next two years.

“These leaders are a welcome reminder that people can make a difference,” said Ford Foundation President Susan Berresford. “They have brought not only concrete gains to their communities but a determination to stand for justice that builds hope and inspires others. It’s never been more important to listen to them.”

PLAN advocates for social causes and acts as lobbyist at the Legislature on behalf of the needy, disabled and underprivileged.

Tourism commission honored by national travel organization

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The Nevada Commission on Tourism has been honored by the Travel Industry Association of America for its campaign to attract the rapidly growing Chinese travel market.

Tourism Director Bruce Bommarito and marketing manager JoLyn Laney accepted the Odyssey Award at the TIA’s recent Marketing Outlook Forum in Seattle.

Nevada is the first governmental entity in the United States to be licensed to market, advertise and promote tourism in China.