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Scott M. Niswonger Receives 2014 Donald R. Myers Humanitarian Award

March 2014


WASHINGTON, March 27, 2014—Tennessee business executive and philanthropist Scott M. Niswonger has been chosen by the Development District Association of Appalachia (DDAA) to receive the 2014 Donald R. Myers Humanitarian Award.

The award was dedicated by the DDAA in 2009 in memory of Donald Myers, who was executive director of the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association and president of the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance. Known as a dedicated public servant and champion of the people of Appalachia, Myers exemplified the humanitarian spirit the award was created to recognize and honor.

Niswonger has actively promoted a philosophy of "learn, earn, and return" that has helped empower Appalachian youth and has received broad recognition in Tennessee as well as in the Appalachian Region. In 1999, he was inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame and was chosen by Ernst and Young as "Entrepreneur of the Year" for the southeastern United States. On the state level, Niswonger served as vice chair of the Tennessee Board for Economic Growth and chair of the Building and Finance Committee for the State of Tennessee.

Niswonger was cited by the DDAA for his leadership and service in the cause of "numerous educational, community, and economic development endeavors." The award also commended him for efforts that had "greatly contributed to the growth and development of northeastern Tennessee and enhanced the quality of life for many of the region's residents."

The DDAA is a membership organization of the 73 local development districts (LDDs) in the Appalachian Region. The DDAA works to strengthen LDDs and their member governments and to provide leadership to support the Appalachian Regional Commission's federal-state-local partnership.