2019 SOBA Annual Awards Presentation

SOBA Call for 2019 Awards:
It's Time to Reward Outstanding Work!

The States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) would like to announce a call for its 2019 awards nominations.

Nominations are being accepted through May 31st for the following awards:
  • The William H. Ivers Award
  • Outstanding Service Award
  • Professional Service Award
  • Special Recognition Award
  • State Boating Program Excellence Awards
  • Outstanding Project Awards
  • President’s Project Award
 SOBA will present the awards during the annual National Boating Access Education & Training Symposium at the Renaissance Portsmouth, Portsmouth, VA September 9 – 12, 2019.

Recognize the Outstanding Work of Your Peers or Your State!
SOBA’s Awards Program allows you recognize outstanding achievement of your staff, your peers, and the many cooperators and partners you have worked with. The consolidated Awards categories allow you to nominate the outstanding work around you and allow the Board to choose where these projects fit best!
How to Nominate

A complete description of the awards criteria can be found here. The single nomination form is available here.  
Nominations should be forwarded to Trey Cooksey no later than May 31st, 2019 in one of two ways:
  • By email (15 MB or less)
  • Copied and mailed on a CD or USB stick
All project initiatives should be completed when your nomination information is submitted, and if in rare circumstances this is not possible, please contact Trey Cooksey, details below.
Primary Contact:
Trey Cooksey
Recreational Trails Program & Boating Access Program Manager
Texas Parks and Wildlife
4200 Smith School Rd.
Austin, TX 78744
T: 512-389-8743
Email: Albert.Cooksey@tpwd.texas.gov
Award Descriptions
The William H. Ivers Award is presented to an individual who has contributed significantly over at least 15 years to the design, construction, management or administration of boat access facilities or programs.  The nominee’s contributions will exemplify high standards of professionalism and outstanding achievement.
The Outstanding Service Award is presented to an individual or to an agency that have made either a one-time or continuing contribution to improved access on our nation’s public waters for boaters and anglers.
The Professional Service Award is presented to an individual SOBA member or to a group of SOBA members (most often a designated Task Force or Committee) for service on a special project or for ongoing efforts on behalf of SOBA’s mission.
The Special Recognition Award is presented to an individual, group, organization or political subdivision in recognition of activities that are singularly illustrative or supportive of SOBA’s mission.
The State Boating Program Excellence Awards are presented to a state agency that has primary responsibility for boat facility development, CVA or BIG and which has excelled over time and provided outstanding service to its residents and visitors to the state. Multiple awards in this category will be presented.
The Outstanding Project Awards are presented to agencies, groups, local government, or corporations involved in boating access projects that are judged to be useful, high quality, unique, economical and/or innovative.  Regardless of funding types, multiple awards will be presented for boating access, CVA, BIG projects of all sizes.
The President’s Award is presented to an agency, group, local government, or corporation for recreational boating facility projects or activities that are judged to be innovative, useful, of high quality, unique, and economical. (Note: AIS activities are eligible.)

Full details and nomination form can be found on the SOBA Website.

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