Gary Smith Awarded Harold Martin Business Leadership Award

From the Daily Local:

Gary on Wall“Members of the Exton Region Chamber of Commerce recognized three people with annual awards and heard some words of advice from colorful St. Joseph’s basketball coach Phil Martelli at the chamber’s annual dinner last week.

Feted were Chester County Commissioners’ Chairman Terence Farrell, who won the Sen. Robert J. Thompson Public Service Award; Gary W. Smith, president and CEO of the Chester County Economic Development Council, who was the recipient of the Harold Martin Business Leadership Award; and Nancy Tuttle, this year’s Small Business Person of the Year Award winner.

For Smith, receiving the Harold Martin Business Leadership Award had personal meaning: A farmer who raises cattle in West Bradford when he’s not promoting business with the Development Council, Smith was friends with Martin, who ran a farm a few miles away in East Fallowfield.

Smith said he, Martin and others worked hard to get the Route 30 bypass built, going so far as handing out flyers in support of the project.

“God bless Mr. Martin,” Smith said of his late friend. “He was a great individual. I’m honored to accept this in his name.”

In recognizing Smith, the chamber noted that he joined the Chester County Economic Development Council in 1976. Since that time, the chamber said, the council has secured over $200 million in external funding for 320-plus projects; helped create more than 165,000 jobs; assisted in retaining more than 185,000 more; and brokered more than $13.1 billion in commercial financing loans.

“We really have a county that is well planned and well thought out,” Smith said, adding that the practice is continuing with Vista 2025, Chester County’s latest planning tool. “I accept this award on behalf of our great team” at the council.”


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