Senator John Heinz was among the first political leaders to articulate the link between the end of the Cold War and the renewed importance of economic vitality to America's place in the world. His perceptiveness on this issue was just one reflection of his continuing dedication to guarding American competitiveness in the world marketplace, and as a facilitator of economic growth.
John Heinz took his mandate from Pennsylvania's transitional economic base - a spectrum ranging from traditional heavy manufacturing to emerging technology and service industries. As long as Americans continued to have the opportunity to perform quality work, he believed, the United States would remain a thriving power providing a high quality of life for working men and women.
The Heinz Award in this category honors individuals who have created and implemented innovative programs to advance regional or national economic growth through job creation, technology advancement, competitiveness, and fair trade - all in a sustainable and environmentally safe manner.