Attendees included McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland, Stockbridge Mayor Tim Thompson and Hampton Mayor Steve Hutchison.
The special meeting, which this year included dinner at the Hazlehurst House at 77 Sloan St. in McDonough, honors and names a county business of the year and member of the year.
“We host this event each year to highlight and honor a business we view as a game-changer in the community. The business is innovative and will help the county grow and succeed,” said council Executive Director Steve Cash. The business honored this year was Community Broadband LLC, an Internet service that specializes in fiber-based, high-speed broadband.
The company, which was originally founded in Savannah, moved its regional headquarters to Stockbridge in October.
“It wasn’t a hard decision to select Community Broadband LLC because we focused on progressive companies who stood out in 2013 representing quality growth and commitment to Henry County,” said Clate Wall, chairman of the council and of Double Eagle Land Development.
Allen Davis, Community Broadband president, accepted the honor and thanked the council for working with the newly relocated company.
The council’s member of the year was Heritage Bank, which Cash said “played a critical role in the ongoing support of the council.”
Similarly, Leonard Moreland, bank CEO, accepted the award and said, “[The council] is a vital part of our community and we are happy to be a part of growing Henry County.”
New to the annual meeting this year, the event included a good-natured roast to honor community member Bob White, who has served as the executive director of the Henry County Development Authority since 1995, following 15 years in economic development at Atlanta Gas Light Co.
“Bob has been a leader in economic development in the state for many years and has had a significant impact on ensuring quality growth in Henry County. Plus, he has a terrific sense of humor and lots of friends who were ready to roast him, which made him the perfect honoree for our first roast,” said council member Laura Turner of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Local attorney Rod Meadows served as emcee for the roast, while Jackson Mayor Kay Pippin, Pat Topping of the Macon Economic Development Commission and Jim Flanagan, business development consultant, regaled the attendees with humorous stories and kudos for White’s economic development efforts in the county.
White thanked his friends and colleagues as well as the council.
At the end of the ceremony, Cash made closing comments, thanked the attendees for their commitment to the council and community and reminded members about the council’s Golf Fore Growth tournament June 16 at Eagle’s Landing Country Club in Stockbridge.