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Rep. Tanner receives 2017 Georgia Transit Association President’s Award
Pictured from left to right: Robert Heitt, Phillippa Lewis Moss, Curtis Koleber, Rep. Kevin Tanner, Rhonda Briggins, John Bayalis and Scott Haggard. - photo by For the Dawson County News

State Representative Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville), chairman of the House Transportation Committee and of the House Commission on Transit Governance and Funding, recently received the 2017 Georgia Transit Association’s President’s Award: Transit Champion of the Year for his contribution to transit and work with the House Study Commission on Transit Funding and Governance.

The Georgia Transit Association (GTA) presented Rep. Tanner with the award at the conclusion of the House Commission on Transit Governance and Funding meeting in Savannah on Dec. 6.

“I’d like to extend my sincerest thanks to GTA for honoring me with this award,” said Tanner. “Georgia is the No. 1 state in the nation for business, but in order to maintain this prestigious title, we must ensure that Georgia’s transit system is able to accommodate our state’s growing businesses and commuters. It has been a privilege to serve as the chairman of the House Transportation Committee and the House Commission on Transit Governance and Funding and work alongside other state leaders to seek transit solutions during such a critical time in our state for transportation.”

House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), said Tanner is a champion for improving Georgia’s transportation infrastructure, including transit systems

“Transit offers us the chance to relieve traffic congestion, improve freight logistics and bring more jobs to Georgia,” Ralston said. “That’s why Chairman Tanner’s work with the House Commission on Transit Governance and Funding is so important and why he’s a deserving recipient of this award.” 

The GTA Conference provides an opportunity for transit leaders across the state to come together to share best practices, find solutions and improve services throughout communities in Georgia. Each year in December, GTA holds its annual conference. This year’s conference coincided with the House Commission on Transit Governance & Funding meeting in Savannah.

“Chairman Tanner is well deserving of this award for creating a transparent process and providing strong leadership as the state explores the next evolution of transit in Georgia,” said Rhonda Briggins, GTA president. “He is the right type of leader for this task and the Georgia Transit Association welcomes the focus and much needed attention on our industry.” 

The Georgia Transit Association (GTA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving public transportation in the state of Georgia.  The GTA presents the legislative interests of rural and urban public transit entities, provides a forum for the exchange of information, ideas and experiences, works toward securing adequate and stable funds for public transit and promotes a positive image for transit throughout Georgia.

Tanner represents the citizens of District 9, which includes portions of Dawson, Forsyth and Lumpkin counties. He was elected in 2012, and currently serves as the chairman of the Transportation Committee and the secretary on the Intragovernmental Coordination Committee. 

He also serves on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and the Education, Natural Resources and Environment and Special Rules committees.