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Adams and Reese attorney and Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) received the “Champion of Commerce” award from The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Greater Memphis Chamber. The prestigious award recognizes individuals that exemplify outstanding achievement promoting business and free enterprise during the 108th General Assembly.

Norris sponsored numerous bills designed to improve workforce readiness and make the state more attractive for business investment during the 2013-2014 legislative sessions, including creation of the Labor Education Alignment Program (“LEAP”). This program lays the foundation for the cooperative effort of government, higher education and businesses looking for skilled workers by providing on-the-job training while the student earns college credit and income.

“We are proud to recognize Senator Mark Norris,” said Bradley Jackson, vice president of the Tennessee Chamber government affairs program. “This is a great opportunity to showcase these legislators who went above and beyond on a number of pro-business policies at the State Capitol.”

Norris was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to the State Workforce Development Board in 2013. Since becoming Chairman of the national Council of State Governments (CSG) last year, Norris has made workforce development and education his focus through the organization’s “State Pathways to Prosperity” initiative.

“I’m honored to receive this award,” said Senator Norris. “Businesses face many new challenges in a globally competitive marketplace, including finding workers with the requisite skills for 21st century jobs. We are capable of meeting that need, but better communication and coordination between departments, schools and businesses are key to our success. The Chamber is an important part of this effort and I look forward to continuing to partner with them to move our state forward.”