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June 1, 2007

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Florida Department of Education Division of Blind Services Awarded Florida Sterling Award

ORLANDO – Florida Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg today announced the Florida Department of Education Division of Blind Services will receive the prestigious Governor’s Sterling Award. The award recognizes organizations and businesses across Florida that have successfully achieved performance superiority within their management and operations.

“This is a wonderful achievement that substantiates outstanding performance within the division,” said Commissioner Blomberg. “The award serves to highlight those employees who give selflessly everyday to help their fellow Floridians.”

With more than 300 employees, 12 district offices, five satellite offices, the Braille and Talking Book Library, and the Orientation and Adjustment Center, the Division of Blind Services assists blind and visually impaired citizens in every Florida county and city. Their results exhibit high levels of performance and a sustained improvement in product and service outcomes, human resources and customer satisfaction.

Each winner underwent an in-depth assessment and evaluation that included an expert team of examiners conducting an on-site review of the organization’s management systems and organizational performance results. The Division’s exemplary performance was highlighted by a 98 percent customer satisfaction rating based on reporting from customer satisfaction measures.

This coveted honor will take place at the Governor’s Sterling Award Banquet at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes on June 1, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. The Sterling Annual Conference is exclusively designed to teach participants how to elevate performance and increase productivity. More than 1,200 executives and professionals gather at this event for a one-stop source for education, information, and inspiration. The conference concludes with the recognition of best practices, the Team Showcase Champion, and presentation of the Governor's Sterling Awards.