The Technology Association of Georgia, the state's leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia's technology industry, announced that Georgia Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville) and Rep. Mike Dudgeon (R-Suwanee) have been awarded with the 2011 Technology Legislator of the Year Award. The award is given annually to lawmakers who demonstrate superior support and understanding of Georgia's technology issues and industry.
"Sen. Loudermilk and Rep. Dudgeon are two of the strongest supporters of the technology industry at the Capitol. They understand the important issues that impact technology firms and work tirelessly to see that Georgia is not only open for business, but open for innovation," said Tino Mantella, president and CEO of TAG.
Mantella continued, "Sen. Loudermilk was the sponsor of Senate Resolution 68, which will develop a strategic plan for Georgia's science and technology industry and help make our state a nationwide leader for technology job and business development. His focus on restoring and growing Georgia' economy was demonstrated through his sponsorship of SR 68.
"Rep. Dudgeon, in his first year, has already proven to be an effective leader in the state. His pro-business, pro-technology attitude, coupled with his knowledge of our education system, will continue to allow him to make Georgia a better place to start and grow a business."
"The technology industry is critical to growing our economy and putting Georgians back to work," Loudermilk said. "As this industry grows, it is vital that we develop a structure that will not only support, but encourage its development statewide. I am very appreciative of this award and will continue to work to see that Georgia is a nationwide leader in technology."
The awards will be presented to both lawmakers before a crowd of top technologist and stakeholders at a special gathering today at GE Energy.