At its Annual Award Luncheon June 5, 2008, The Charlotte Regional Partnership presented the Lincoln Economic Development Association and Hugh L. McColl Jr. with the 2008 Jerry Awards. The awards recognize significant contributions to the partnership’s 16-county Charlotte USA region by individuals and organizations from the private and public sectors. The awards are named in honor of its first recipients in 2007 Jerry Richardson, owner and founder of the Carolina Panthers, and Jerry Orr, aviation director of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.
Lincoln Economic Development Association, the public-sector recipient, is a model of public/private collaboration. It spearheaded the Lincoln County Industrial Park, a cooperative effort among LEDA, the City of Lincolnton and Lincoln County. Tenants include national companies such as GE Security and national distribution centers for RSI Home Products, Crate & Barrel and Big Dogs Holdings Inc. as well as international companies such as Brazilian automotive supplier Sabo USA and Toyota owned Cataler North America , which coats catalytic converters. LEDA’s 2007-2008 chairman, Pete Acker, accepted the award on LEDA’s behalf, thanking the Charlotte Regional Partnership for their assistance in marketing the county and region and added, “The partnership’s philosophy allows each member county to showcase its unique benefits and attributes while still respecting the overall strength that regionalism provides us in a competitive global market.”
Other board members also congratulated LEDA. Tom Anderson, Chair of the Lincoln Board of County Commissioners and Lincolnton Mayor, David M. Black, accepted the award along with Acker, acknowledging LEDA’s contribution to the City of Lincolnton and Lincoln County.