The LaBerge Award for Excellence in Strategic Communication recognizes an electric cooperative communicator with demonstrated excellence, influence and impact in co-op communications, both as a practitioner and contributor across the network. The award was established in 2018 in memory of Justin Erick LaBerge, who served as the senior leadership communications manager for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Read the Application Criteria Guidelines (PDF) for more detailed information.

2021 LaBerge Award Winner

Congratulations to Joe Arnold, vice president of strategic communications for Kentucky Electric Cooperatives.

Previous LaBerge Award Winners

Nomination Process and Timeline

Check back for information on the 2022 award cycle.

You can download the Call for Entries, Frequently Asked Questions, the Judges’ Rubric and a sample of the nomination form for an overview of the award and process to help you prepare. The "Always On" document (PDF) provides more background on areas that are referenced in the award criteria. The online form does not allow you to save the form and come back to it later. Please make note of the word limits to written responses and the size limits for any optional supporting materials.

Please note subsequent award criteria are subject to change.


Contact Alexis Dunnum,, 703-907-5714

The LaBerge Award for Excellence in Strategic Communication is sponsored by the Certified Cooperative Communicator (CCC) Program Board and the Council of Rural Electric Communicators (CREC) in conjunction with the Spotlight on Excellence Awards Program.

See the Awards & Recognition page to learn about other communications awards programs.