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13 February 2009


Chamber of Gadsden-Etowah County Honors Dr. Bill Meehan

Jacksonville State University President Dr. Bill Meehan recently received the Chamber of Gadsden-Etowah County's highest accolade, the Bobby Austin Community Improvement Award.

Dr. Meehan was presented the Award on Friday, January 30, at the Chamber's annual meeting. He received the award because he meets the following criteria: he has worked in the area for longer than two years, he has by his actions brought business, government and individuals together for a common goal/goals, and he has created a positive change by working with various organizations and individuals. The change or changes must significantly improve the Northeast Alabama area.

Dr. Meehan was specifically recommended for the award because he commissioned an economic and demographic study of Etowah County and major municipalities. Dr. Meehan sits on the Chamber's board of directors and has been active with the Gadsden-Etowah County Chamber and the Calhoun Chamber of Commerce since he became University president in 1999.

The Bobby Austin Award is named for the late Bobby Austin, who was instrumental in the early 1990s for his efforts to bring an international airport to the Gadsden area.


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