The National Association of Development Organizations has awarded their 2012 House Legislator of the Year award to U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld.
The annual award is given to a member of Congress "who has made significant contributions in promoting regional economic development and job creation initiatives throughout small town and rural America," according to a news release.
Hanna, a member of three committees including the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said he was honored to be named NADO's Legislator of the Year.
Hanna also pointed out one of his priorities for the transportation bill to "empower small, rural communities to form regional planning organizations to represent their interests and coordinate with state transportation departments."
“Upstate New York faces stiff competition for limited resources, but Upstate communities deserve a fair share and know our needs best,” Hanna said in a news release. “This provision gives our communities a seat at the table so their voices can be heard. It is an honor to receive this award.”
Mohawk Valley Development District, Inc. Executive Director Greg Eisenhut presented Hanna with the award and praised him for his work in pushing for economic development in the district.
“Representative Hanna is a fierce advocate for economic development and job creation, including making the public investments needed to support vital industries in our state,” Eisenhut said. “He has an unwavering commitment to providing new economic opportunities for our nation’s local communities, including in New York’s 24th district, and understands that federal programs like EDA play a vital role in providing the seed capital or gap financing that is often necessary to spark new private investments in distressed areas.”
Eisenhut continued: "[A]s Vice Chairman of the House (Transportation and Infrastructure) Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Representative Hanna ensured that the House transportation reauthorization bill strengthens the role of local elected officials in working with state DOT officials on transportation planning issues. He understands that the transportation planning process is the gateway for accessing federal surface transportation resources and it is essential for all local communities and their local elected officials to have a stronger voice with our state DOT colleagues.”
Hanna represents the 24th Congressional District, which includes all of Auburn and towns in central and southern Cayuga County.