The Daily Post gives a thumbs up to Gwinnett citizens who have stood apart this week.

Honored for service

Thumbs up this week go to those whose county-minded efforts were celebrated at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce 58th Annual Dinner Friday.

•Ambassador of the Year Award - Kevin S. Moffitt with Southeast Commercial Realty Services, Inc.

•Public Service Awards - Tom Andersen with Andersen, Tate, Mahaffey & McGarity; Rudy Bowen with Bowen Family Homes, Pat Brown with Annandale at Suwanee, Inc.; Joyce Ogletree with Number One Realty/Luv Homes, David Snell with E.R. Snell Contractor, Inc.; and Roddy Sturdivant with RSE Grading Company, Inc.

•The Legacy Award, which honors the memory and legacy of an individual who has made a difference in the history and progress of Gwinnett County, was awarded posthumously to the life of Micromeritics Co-founder and President Warren Hendrix.

•This year's D. Scott Hudgens Award was presented to Hi-Hope Service Center Executive Director Alice Cunningham.

•Dr. Miles H. Mason, III, received the Citizen of the Year Award.

Meek is good pick

We've often been impressed by economist Alfie Meek's knowledge of all things fiscal in Gwinnett County.

This week he was tapped to lead Gwinnett's new economic development initiative.

We give Meek a thumbs up for his role in the county's business and county leaders a thumbs up for identifying their employee as one up to the task of leading this new undertaking.

Meek said he's already been involved in talks with Chamber of Commerce and state officials about possible business locations and expansions.

Instead of creating a new division in the bureaucracy, officials decided to combine Meek's Division of Forecasting and Research in the Financial Services Department with the economic development duties.

The division will now be known as the Economic Analysis Division, and the job functions, as listed in a press release, are "increasing jobs and average wages in Gwinnett; encouraging revitalization and redevelopment; and strengthening Gwinnett's ability to compete for business expansions and relocations."

Luring industry to set up shop in Gwinnett is big business.

We believe Meek has the skills to successfully lead this initiative.