First Posted: 1/15/2009
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre was awarded last week with the National Association of Development Organization's Congressional Partnership Award for his efforts to promote economic development.
The award is presented every two years to members of Congress who demonstrate “outstanding leadership in promoting regional economic development policies,” according to information released by McIntyre's office.
“I'm humbled by this national recognition, and I'll continue to do everything in my power to spur economic development in our area,” McIntyre said. “I want to continue that fight and continue to promote positive policy to help economic development in our area.”
Calling McIntyre a “strong advocate for grassroots-based programs,” John Bruner, president of the Association of Development Organizations, said in a press release that McIntyre was awarded for helping “small town and rural America achieve the same prosperity and stability that the rest of the nation strives for.”
“With the leadership of lawmakers like Rep. McIntyre, local communities that are currently faced with economic hardships have a chance to compete in today's ever-changing marketplace.”
McIntyre said some of the recent efforts he has sponsored include the formation of the Southeastern Crescent Authority, an economic development plan meant to increase worker training, health care, education and transportation in the Southeastern United States.
He said he has also been working to get tax incentives and tax breaks for industries that operate in areas of high unemployment and is trying to establish a program that provides benefits for workers whose jobs have gone overseas.
“My first priority is economic development,” McIntyre said. “We need good-paying jobs that will help families and stimulate local economy. I want to do everything I can to help get our area more jobs.”