A local architect was recently named to the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission.
House Speaker David Ralston, of Blue Ridge, appointed Peter Hill, of Dawsonville, to the commission during the group's June 30 meeting in Rabun County.
Ralston described Hill as an accomplished business leader and "deeply involved in the community."
"His appointment now means that Dawson County is well represented on the commission and I know his experience and record of accomplishment will make him an asset not just to the body itself, but also to the county's future," Ralston said.
Hill currently serves as vice chair on the Development Authority of Dawson County and sits on the board of directors of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce.
"I'm very honored to be selected as the speaker's appointment to this commission," Hill said.
While he will be representing the state for Ralston on the commission, Hill emphasized his commitment to Dawson County.
"I will continue to be looking out for Dawson County first and foremost," he said.
Hill and Ralston became acquainted earlier this year when the speaker delivered the keynote address to graduates of Leadership Dawson 2011, a program which Hill co-chaired for the chamber of commerce.
With Hill's appointment, Dawson County has five delegates on the commission.
He joins Mike Berg, Dawson County Board of Commission chair, Dawsonville City Councilman Calvin Byrd and Executive Director of the Development Authority of Dawson County Charlie Auvermann, who represents Dawson County as a standing council member.
Berg recommended Hill for the appointment.
"Pete's well deserving of this appointment. David was very impressed with his resume," he said.
Will Wade from the Dawson County School Board also serves on the commission as an appointee by former Gov. Sonny Perdue.
The commission's mission is to locally promote and guide proper development of human, natural, physical, social and economic resources in the Georgia Mountains Region.
The area covers 3,500 square miles and includes Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White counties.
The commission's next meeting is scheduled for July 28 in Dawson County.