CHICAGO, April 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Load Delivered Logistics has been named a finalist in the 2012 Illinois Technology Association (ITA) CityLIGHTS awards in the Best Strategic Use of Technology category. Load Delivered is competing against other companies who have leveraged technology to provide a differentiated product or service, or who have transformed the norm in their industry. Load Delivered has developed a mobile technology platform that that automates business processes and optimizes time, capital and labor. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110913/CG66980LOGO) The ITA received a record-setting number of nominations this year, with the ITA's panel of judges selecting the top entries in each of nine award categories. "As a member of one of the fastest-growing technology communities, we are honored to be recognized amongst some of the most innovative and progressive-thinking companies around," said Robert Nathan, CEO at Load Delivered Logistics. "It was no easy feat for the judges to determine the finalists for each award," said ITA CEO Fred Hoch. "The past 12 months have been a time of unprecedented growth, accomplishments and innovation in Illinois, and this energy is reflected in the quantity and quality of CityLIGHTS awards nominees." Public voting is online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CLVOTING through April 25. Winners are determined by a blended score based equally on public voting and the judges' panel in all categories except the CityLIGHTS award, which is selected by the ITA Board of Directors. Winners will be announced at the CityLIGHTS Awards GalaThursday, May 10, 2012, in the Great Hall at Union Station in Chicago. The gala, which sold out last year, attracts more than 700 people from 400 organizations including business owners, investors, legislators and policymakers. The panel of judges consists of 68 esteemed technology leaders including Dan Lyne, World Business Chicago; Patricia Anderson, Apartments.com; Howard Tullman, Tribeca Media FlashPoint Academy; Ed Domain, Tech.li; Mark Achler, Redbox; Jai Shekhawat, Fieldglass; Irv Shapiro, Ifbyphone; Lance Pressel, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce; Roger Liew, Orbitz Worldwide; Ross Kimbarovsky, Crowdspring; and Troy Henikoff, Excelerate Labs. There are nine award categories: The CityLIGHTS award; CEO of the Year; Technologist of the Year; the Newcomer award; the Rising Star; the Lighthouse award; the New Concept award; the Best Strategic Use of Technology award; and the Prominent Woman in Tech award, the 2012 write-in award category.