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Evermore CID recognized as top agency

SNELLVILLE - All the residents and commuters have noticed the changes on U.S. Highway 78 between Stone Mountain and Snellville.

Now, a statewide organization has noticed too, recognizing the Evermore Community Improvement District with the 2008 Agency Achievement Award.

The award from the Georgia Section of the Institute of Transportation engineers recognizes the quasi-governmental agency, formed by business leaders who chose to tax themselves, for the leadership in helping with a median along U.S. 78 and other improvements.

"Once a year, the Georgia Section recognizes one governmental or quasi-governmental organization in the state of Georgia that has distinguished itself through its initiatives related to improvements in the field of transportation," said Keith Strickland, a past president of the organization who chaired the nominating committee. "Our nominating committee believes that the Evermore CID has demonstrated its commitment to enhancing mobility throughout its area of influence, especially in the cooperative spirit that the Evermore CID has worked with other transportation agencies including the Georgia Department of Transportation."

Earlier this week, crews moved on to the third of four stretches, removing the reversible lanes on U.S. 78 from Killian Hill Road to Highpoint Road. The CID formed when the median project began to help businesses succeed along the changed route.

"Receiving the Agency Achievement recognition from Georgia's transportation professionals is most gratifying indeed and a testament to the progress achievable through creating strong partnerships," CID Executive Director Brett Harrell said. "This award is truly recognition by industry peers of the outstanding work done on behalf of the Evermore CID by the numerous professionals that have supported the CID since our inception in 2003."

The award will be presented during the section's annual banquet later this month. According to a press release, past recipients of the award include the Cumberland CID, Perimeter CID, Gwinnett DOT and Georgia DOT Traffic Operations Division.