Posted by William Nunnelley on 2007-08-14

The Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA) at Samford University received the Government Research Association's top award in the category for Outstanding Policy Achievement on the State Level at the GRA annual conference in Denver, Colo., Aug. 5-8.

PARCA was cited for its work and report on School Property Tax Authorizations in Alabama.

Also at the annual conference, PARCA senior research associate Charles A. Booth was elected to a two-year term on the GRA board of trustees.

PARCA, founded in 1988, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research group that collects, synthesizes and reports information on issues of public interest affecting state and local government in Alabama.

GRA is the national organization for professionals engaged in governmental research, which involves the collection, analysis, and distribution of factual information on governmental activities to citizens and officials for the improvement of government and the reduction of its cost. It was founded in 1914.

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About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.