By MARK MCGEE
It was the third annual Shelbyville-Bedford Partnership meeting, but three awards were presented for the first time ever.
Honored with the David L. Howard Economic Development Award was Cooper Steel. It was the second year the Economic Development Award has been given but it was the first time it was named for Howard.
Stephen Crews, vice-president and Elizabeth Burris, chief legal counsel, accepted the award.
Last year’s recipient was Silicon Ranch, which donated 30 acres to enlarge the industrial park, which allowed enough space for Duksan Electera America to be recruited.
The Community Development Award was presented to two recipients – Harold Segroves of Coldwell Banker Southern Realty and Tad Craig from Craig and Wheeler Realty and Auction LLC. Both have been instrumental in locating suitable property for new businesses in the county.
David Coffey, chairman of the Partnership board, was the first winner of the Community Leadership Award. He was presented a statue of a coonhound wearing an orange and white collar due to his love for the University of Tennessee.
Harold Segroves, far right, of Coldwell Banker Southern Realty, was presented the inaugural Allen Pitner Memorial Community Development Award for his assistance in obtaining real estate for expansion in the county. Joining Segroves, from left are Allen’s brother David Pitner, daughter-in-law Aleck Pitner, son Mike Pitner and Allen’s widow Mary Shapard Pitner.
Shane Hooper, CEO of the Shelbyville-Bedford Partnership, made a special presentation to David Coffey, partnership board chairman. He was honored with the first ever Community Leadership Award. Due to Coffey’s love for the University of Tennessee he was presented a coon hound statue with an orange and white collar.
The Allen Pitner inaugural Community Development Award was also presented to Tad Craig of Craig and Wheeler Realty for his assistance in locating property for expansion in the county. Craig was congratulated by Shane Hooper, CEO of the Shelbyville-Bedford Partnership. From left watching are Allen’s brother David Pitner, daughter-in-law Aleck Pitner, son Mike Pitner and Allen’s widow Mary Shapard Pitner.
Cooper Steel was awarded the David L. Howard Memorial inaugural honor for Economic Development at the Shelbyville-Bedford Partnership Community Foundation meeting. Stephen Crews accepted the award. From left are son Jeffrey Howard, Crews, Elizabeth Burris, widow Mary Howard, daughter Christy Howard Womack and son-in-law Rick Womack.