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Cupertino Chamber of Commerce gives Steve Jobs posthumous President's Award

Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was given the President's Award by the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce last weekend in recognition of outstanding community service and exceptional leadership.

Michael Foulkes, Apple's senior manager for state and local government affairs, accepted the award for Jobs on Saturday, the Palo Alto Patch reported. Jobs passed away last October at the age of 56.

The Cupertino Chamber of Commerce hands out its Service Teamwork Achievement Recognition (STAR) awards annually. Saturday's ceremony, the city's 55th, was held at the Cypress Hotel.

In his acceptance speech, Foulkes said Jobs "hated awards, especially awards about him" and teared up because of a tribute video featuring photos of Jobs and video of his last appearance before the Cupertino City Council.

“We all miss him so much here, but, um, he believed that technology was a mental bicycle and that's all it was; nothing more, nothing less. It should make each of us be better than we are. He always followed that and the company still follows that, and hopefully will follow it for generations to come," he said in his acceptance speech.

“So Steve lives in all of us. Those who worked with him miss him dearly but he lives in our hearts. All of you who have a device at home or in your pockets, hopefully that is your mental bicycle and make you be a better person than you are."

Cupertino Chamber of Commerce award honoring Steve Jobs

Foulkes also made mention of the project to build a new campus for Apple in Cupertino that Jobs had designed.

"Steve designed this campus as a product. You'll be very excited as it comes to fruition. It's something that is an engineering marvel that will rival any building on the planet and something that Steve, up till the end made sure was going to be a lasting legacy for Cupertino of Apple. So thank you in Steve's honor for this award,” he said.

The Palo Alto Patch has posted recordings of the tribute video and Foulkes' acceptance speech, both of which are embedded below.