Washington, D.C. (2010-03-02) The Development District Association of Appalachia (DDAA) has honored U.S. Representative Lincoln Davis (D-Pall Mall) with its 2010 Congressional Award. Davis was presented with the award for his “ongoing commitment and strong support of the Appalachian Regional Commission and its programs” and for his “dedicated service to the people of the 13-state Appalachian Region.”
Presented each year by the DDAA, the Congressional Award is given to a Member of Congress for demonstrating outstanding service to the people of Appalachia. Local development districts nominate candidates and the DDAA board makes the final selection. The South Central Tennessee Development District nominated Congressman Davis.
“Having been raised and lived all my life in rural Tennessee, I understand our needs. With infrastructure sorely lacking in the district and throughout most rural counties, it’s critical for me to be a champion and advocate for responsible funding that will create healthier living and spur economic development,” said Rep. Davis. “I am proud to accept this award.”
The DDAA is a public, nonprofit organization made up of Appalachia’s 73 multi-county planning and development districts. Its members work closely with ARC, other federal and state agencies, and local residents to identify and address economic development needs and opportunities in their communities.
Past Congressional Award recipients have included fellow Tennesseans, longtime U.S. Rep. Jimmy Duncan and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.