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EDA honored with award for leadership in philanthropy

Today, the Stafford Economic Development Authority was awarded the 2012 Virginia’s Community Colleges Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy, according to a press release.

The EDA was nominated by Germanna Community College, which had earlier named the Stafford EDA GCC’s 2012 Philanthropist of the Year.

In May 2011, the EDA awarded Germanna a matching challenge grant of up to $1 million toward the establishment of a permanent campus–officials said the campus will aid workforce and economic development. GCC is looking at possible sites in the Stafford Courthouse area for the campus, which it expects to serve 10,000 students.

Stafford EDA Chairman Don Newlin (from left) and members Wendy Surman and Jack Rowley with Germanna President David A. Sam at an event honoring the EDA as GCC’s 2012 Philanthropist of the Year. It received a Virginia’s Community Colleges award for philanthropy Tuesday in Richmond.

“Germanna is grateful to the Stafford EDA for its investments in the college,” GCC President David A. Sam said. “We will work hard to help give Stafford students an edge in the job market and make county businesses more competitive in an evolving world economy.”

The EDA has awarded a total of $1.375 million to Germanna, including:

  • $300,000 toward Germanna’s Stafford Center, which opened in 2009 and is already over capacity
  • $75,000 toward the construction of a GCC Automotive Program facility expected to open this summer near the airport.

Stafford EDA Chairman Don Newlin and member Jack Rowley accepted the honor at the Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy luncheon, hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education to honor the leading philanthropists from each of the state’s 23 community colleges as well as the statewide foundation. This marks the seventh year the awards have been given. This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $48 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.