The year's first edition recognizes one individual as "Georgian of The Year" along with a list of the "100 Most Influential Georgians," followed by naming the "2012 Notable Georgians."
Among the names in each category are representatives from education, health care, public administration, politicians, business owners, CEOs and nonprofit directors. Two leaders representing area interests made the list of Notable Georgians: U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-GA, and Coosa River Basin Initiative Executive Director and Riverkeeper Joe Cook.
In an email to The Daily Tribune News, Gingrey expressed his gratitude for being named by Georgia Trend.
"It's an honor to be named a 'Notable Georgian' by Georgia Trend magazine. To be among a list that includes philanthropists, scholars and advocates is quite humbling. At the end of the day, however, my main focus is to serve my constituents in the best way I can. Working on behalf of Georgians is one of the greatest honors of my life," Gingrey said.
As an advocate for local water sources, Cook takes the recognition as a sign of accomplishment. "I guess it means we're being a thorn in the side of somebody," Cook said with a laugh.
"Being recognized is a testament to all the hard work that all the environmental groups are doing all over the state," he said. "The various Riverkeeper groups around the state and the Georgia Water Coalition and all the member organizations of the Georgia Water Coalition have worked very hard to strengthen the voice of the conservation community at the state level and we're making an impact."
CRBI will continue to advocate for local rivers, including the Etowah, in 2012 with goals to reach at least 3,000 students with a message of conservation and responsibility. Likewise, the Rome-based organization looks to involve more than 6,000 volunteers through river cleanups and Adopt-A-Stream water monitoring.
To see a complete list of recognized leaders from across the state, visit www.georgiatrend.com.