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Men and women from RACER Trust and recipients of awards at a RACER business event

RACER Trust presented AUCH Construction with the second RACER’s Edge Award for redevelopment excellence at the 2019 National Brownfields Training Conference. (L-R) Bruce Rasher, RACER Redevelopment Manager; Patricia Spitzley, RACER Deputy Redevelopment Manager and Director of Government Relations; RACER Trustee Elliott P. Laws; AUCH Construction President and CEO Vince DeLeonardis; Pontiac (MI) Mayor Dr. Deirdre Waterman; AUCH Construction project manager Jacob Munchiando; and RACER Transaction Manager Steven Black.

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