County applauds KADB

ALBANY -- The Dougherty County Commission gave a round of applause Monday to Judy Bowles and volunteers associated with Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful for having their program named the third best in the nation.

The recognition comes from Keep America Beautiful and is based on the program's 2008-09 annual report, which highlighted new programs and initiatives designed to keep the city and county more environmentally conscious.

The distinguished service citation will be awarded to Bowles on Dec. 4 in Washington, D.C., she said.

"To win a third place national award is an awesome statement for our community," Bowles said. "The volunteers have earned this award because they have wrapped their arms around these environmental programs and embraced them."

On Monday, Bowles presented a report to the commission on the work KADB is doing presently and previous events that have taken place over the last year.

Through public-private partnerships with entities like Miller-Coors, Bowles said that the agency was able to support more that 113,561 hours of community service from 24,275 volunteers. In total, 79,435 people throughout the area participated in some type of KADB program last year.

KADB has focused on litter prevention, beautification and community involvement initiatives that have led to events like the annual electronics recycling day and Rivers Alive cleanups, both of which continue to be successes for the agency, Bowles said.

County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard said anytime a local group can receive national attention it means something right is being done.

"It's quite an honor to be recognized like this with the a 3rd place ranking on the national level," he said. "You and your volunteers are to be commended."