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Susan Reid Receives 2008 John D. Whisman Vision Award

February 2008

Washington, February 28, 2008—Susan Reid, executive director of the First Tennessee Development District, is the 2008 recipient of the John D. Whisman Vision Award, presented by the Development District Association of Appalachia (DDAA) today at its annual conference in Arlington, Virginia.

Over 250 local development officials representing 72 economic planning and development districts in Appalachia attended the conference, held February 24–26.

The DDAA presents the John D. Whisman Vision Award each year to an individual who has provided exemplary service and leadership in Appalachia and demonstrated a commitment to the ideals of state and federal cooperation.

Reid joined the First Tennessee Development District, which includes eight counties in northeastern Tennessee, 35 years ago. She has been actively engaged in a wide range of economic and community development programs in that time. She was appointed to the Tennessee Valley Corridor board of director by Congressman William L. Jenkins in 2001 and served as its chair until 2007. She has also served as president of the Development District Association of Appalachia and currently serves as a board member representing the Tennessee districts.

Reid was cited by the DDAA for "the significant and valuable contributions" that she has made as "a champion for regional planning and development" throughout an exemplary career distinguished by "strong leadership and vision."

Established in 1976 by the executive directors of Appalachia's local development districts, the DDAA provides professional and technical training opportunities for local economic development officials and community leaders; directs an annual best-practices conference; and promotes improved communication and quality of service throughout the Appalachian Region.