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(left to right) Debra Plousha Moore, System Chief of Staff, Executive Vice President, Carolinas HealthCare System, presented one of the 2017 Jerry Awards to Smokey Bissell, Chairman and Founder, The Bissell Companies along with Wes Beckner, Charlotte Regional Partnership 2017 Board Chair and Ronnie Bryant, President and CEO, Charloltte Regional Partnership.

The Jerry Awards recognize individuals or organizations that have made significant, ongoing contributions to economic development in Charlotte USA, a 16-county region. Recipients embody the regionalism of the awards’ namesakes, Jerry Richardson, founder and owner of the Carolina Panthers, and Jerry Orr, aviation director of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

A nonprofit, public/private economic development organization, the Charlotte Regional Partnership allocates and leverages regional economic development resources to sustain and enhance the economic growth, vitality and global competitiveness of the Charlotte region. Charlotte USA consists of Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties in North Carolina and Chester, Chesterfield, Lancaster and York counties in South Carolina.

The Bissell Companies

Speedway Motorsports, Inc.

Charlotte Hornets
Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont

Private sector: Time Warner Cable
Public sector: Electric Power Research Institute

Private sector: Siemens
Public sector: Apprenticeship 2000

Private sector: Belk, Inc.
Public sector: Centralina Workforce Development Board, Charlotte Works, Gaston Workforce Development Board, Region C Workforce Development Board, Pee Dee Workforce Investment Board

Private sector: Jim Rogers, chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy
Public sector: Michael Tarwater, CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System

Private sector: US Airways
Public sector: The 10 regional community and technical colleges within Charlotte USA – Catawba Valley Community College, Central Piedmont Community College, Cleveland Community College, Gaston College, Mitchell Community College, Northeastern Technical College, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, South Piedmont Community College, Stanly Community College and York Technical College

Private sector: David H. Murdock, chairman and owner of Dole Food Company and Castle & Cooke, Inc., and founder of the North Carolina Research Campus
Public sector: The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Private sector: Hugh McColl, chairman of The McColl Group, LLC and past-chairman and CEO of Bank of America
Public sector: Lincoln Economic Development Association

Private sector: Jerry Richardson, owner and founder of the Carolina Panthers
Public sector: Jerry Orr, aviation director of Charlotte Douglas International Airport