The CEI Group Inc. was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in PA. The award program, created in 2000, is the first of its kind offered by a state. The program is a public/private partnership of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Team Pennsylvania Foundation, Kuntz Lesher LLP, Central Penn Business Journal, the Great Place to Work® Institute, and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry.The program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in the state, benefiting its economy, its workforce and businesses. The Best Places to Work in PA program is made up of 100 companies split into two groups: medium-sized companies (50-250 employees) and large-sized companies (more than 250 employees). CEI has been named in the medium category.This year 225 qualifying companies were entered into a two-part process of determining the 100 Best Places to Work in PA. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. These assessments were performed by Kuntz Lesher LLP and made up 25% of each company's score. The second part consisted of the Great Place to Work® Trust Index(C) Employee Survey, through which the Institute evaluated the employee survey results and comments. This part of the process was worth 75% of the total score. The Great Place to Work® Institute combined the scores, determined the top companies and did the final ranking. The winners were chosen by the Great Place to Work® Institute using the same formula as the Fortune "100 Best Companies to Work for in America."CEI will be recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in PA awards ceremony on December 2, 2003.