Council for Quality Growth names Isakson Four Pillar winner

ATLANTA - The Council for Quality Growth has named Sen. Johnny Isakson the recipient of the 2005 Four Pillar Award, the Council's annual tribute to an outstanding individual in the Atlanta region that best exemplifies the council's mission of promoting balanced and responsible growth.

"As a public servant, businessman and family man, Johnny Isakson is the epitome of what the Council for Quality Growth's Four Pillar Award represents - quality, integrity, responsibility and vision," said 2005 council Chairman Kerry Armstrong, also senior vice president with Duke Realty Corporation.

The Four Pillar Award and tribute is a unique honor that celebrates significant contributions to the Atlanta region's growth, economic development and quality of life.

A champion for the quality growth and development community, Isakson:

n advocates tax credits for the purchase of conservation easements;

led the fight in Congress to bring Georgia its fair share of the federal gas tax during reauthorization of the Highway Bill; serves on the conference committee for the Highway Bill and works to enhance and maintain Georgia's roads; works for mass transit alternatives to reduce congestion and improve air quality; co-sponsored the Water Resources Development Act and led the fight to restore funding for the dredging of the Brunswick Harbor; works actively with the President on the Clear Skies Initiative to balance air pollution mitigation with sensible growth policies; and co-sponsored the Community Development Homeownership Tax Credit Act, which allows homebuilders and investors a general business tax credit for building or substantially rehabilitating residences for low- and moderate-income individuals in targeted areas.

"I am honored to be recognized by the council with this prestigious award," Isakson said. "During my career as an elected official and as a realtor, I have learned firsthand how quality economic development improves our communities. The council's leadership and members share my

commitment to ensuring

an unparalleled quality of life in Georgia, and I value the Council's investment in the future of the Atlanta region."

The Four Pillar Award was originally branded the Button Gwinnett Award in honor of the namesake and county in which the council was founded. "In our 20th year, the council decided to rename this tribute to better portray our regional focus and our mission," said Michael E. Paris, president and CEO of the Council for Quality Growth.

The Council for Quality Growth was formed in 1985 to promote balanced and responsible growth. In 2003, the council expanded its reach throughout the metro area.