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Awards & Accomplishments


The Laboratory's Economic Development Office has a long history of award-winning programs and staff. While we are proud of these achievements, ultimately it is the success of technology businesses and our community and region that gives us the most satisfaction. We appreciate the opportunity to use our connections and skills in this kind of service, which demonstrates and enhances the value of this national asset...PNNL.


  • Technology Assistance Program, 2008 Excellence in Economic Development Awards. The TAP was awarded an honorable mention in the entrepreneurship category in the 2008 International Economic Development Council's Excellence in Economic Development Awards competition. The award was judged by a panel of international economic development experts consisting of members from both the public and private sectors.
  • Gary Spanner, 2008-2009 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year for Columbia Basin College. PNNL Economic Development Office manager, Gary Spanner, was named the CBC 2008-2009 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by the Columbia Basin College Foundation. Spanner, who attended CBC in 1972 and 1973, was honored for his professional achievements, civic leadership, community service and support of the college.


  • SBIR Alerting Service, 2007 Tibbett's Award. The Alerting Service was noted as a first-of-its-kind, e-mail newsletter that provides more than 3,500 subscribers bi-weekly summaries of current information on available SBIR funding, associated workshops, conferences and proposal-writing tips. The Alerting Service extends to more than 11,000 subscribers each month.



  • Economic Development Office web site, 2005 Award of Excellence, web site category, from the APEX Awards (international award presented by Communications Concepts)
  • Economic Development Office web site, Honorable Mention, The Communicator (national award)
  • TechBiz Today, 2005 Honorable Mention from the International Economic Development Council, Special Purpose Brochure category (international award)


  • Marketing video, "Biting the APEL: Applied Process Engineering Laboratory (APEL)," Award of Excellence from the APEX Awards for Publication Excellence 2004 (national award)



  • "Putting Technology to Work for Our Economy," Award of Excellence, The Communicator Awards
  • "Infrared Fruit Tester Bounces Bad Applies," (article in Northwest Science & Technology Magazine, national award), Honorable Mention, The Communicator Awards (national award)
  • "Distinguished" award (highest honor) from the Society for Technical Communication 2000, Snake River Chapter, Publications Competition, Promotional Materials category, for the brochure, "Putting Technology to Work for Our Economy." Merit Award for the same brochure in the Art Competition.


  • June 2000: Marv Clement, Entrepreneurial Programs manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, received a Lifetime Service Award from the Department of Energy for his work in transferring federally funded technologies to the private sector. Marv's program helped create more than 20 new companies.


  • Vice Presidential Hammer Award for Efficiency in Government for developing the Electronic Alerting Service for the Small Business Innovation Research Program
  • Small Business Innovation Research Support Person of the Year from Project SBIR West for the Electronic Alerting Service
  • Honorable Mention by The Communicator, newspaper column, "Local Economic Development Resources"
  • Award of Excellence for Tri-City Herald economic development column from Apex'99, the Eleventh Annual Awards for Publication Excellence


  • Project of the Year from National Association of Management and Technical Assistance Centers for creating a successful company through entrepreneurial leave
  • Project of the Year from National Association of Management and Technical Assistance Centers: Electronic alerting service for the Small Business Innovation Research Program
  • Award of Excellence by The Communicator, brochure, "Business Creation Through Technology Commercialization"


  • Marv Clement, Lifetime Achievement Award for technology transfer from the Technology Utilization Foundation and the Federal Laboratory Consortium


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