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POSTED: January 20, 2008 5:04 a.m.

Center presents annual awards

A number of appointed and elected officials from Northeast Georgia were honored for service to the Georgia Mountains Regional Development Center during the center’s annual dinner in Young Harris.

State Rep. Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville, was presented with the chairman’s award for his efforts for both the development center and the Georgia Association of Regional Development Centers.

"(Rogers) is the absolute biggest proponent for the regional development centers in Georgia and has assisted us time and time again not only with funding but with projects," said Chairman David Stovall in presenting the first-time award.

Charles Laughinghouse, chairman of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, was selected as Elected Official of the Year.

"He has given time and talent to this organization," said Danny Lewis, executive director of the development center.

John Phillips, a regional economic development representative, was selected as Employee of the Year. Phillips was also the recipient of a national award for the Byron Herbert Reece project in Union County.

David Stovall, the current board chairman, was honored as the Board Member of the Year.

Stovall, who also serves as Habersham Bancorp chief executive officer and president, was selected for the year ending June 30.

"David Stovall is known throughout this state and region for his leadership qualities," Lewis said. "He has been the single board member who has led us to greatness this year."

Steve Holder, planning and zoning director for the city of Dawsonville, was named the region’s Appointed Official of the Year.

"Steve was selected by the RDC staff for his excellent relationship and work ethics shown on a regular basis," Lewis said.

From staff reports



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