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W.Va. council names 2000 Man of the Year

September 21, 2000

W.Va. council names 2000 Man of the Year



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia Economic Development Council named Garland H. Moore Jr. its volunteer for the year 2000.

Moore also will be honored Oct. 14-17 at the Southern Economic Development Council's annual conference in Charleston along with the honorees from the 15 other states that comprise the council.

"There are few residents of any area who give and care as much as Garland Moore does about Jefferson County," said Jane K. Peters, executive director of the Jefferson County Development Authority. "His efforts are worthy of public recognition. They are certainly recognized by those of us who have the opportunity and honor to work with him."

The West Virginia Economic Development Council establishes policy and provides oversight to the state's local economic development authorities. Its mission is to create a unified program of economic development.

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Moore's commitment to economic development reaches back 24 years. Upon his initiative, the Jefferson County Commission created and funded the Jefferson County Development Authority, one of the first development authorities in West Virginia.

Moore's push to refinance and reissue a housing bond saved Jefferson County taxpayers thousands of dollars.

After Moore's County Commission term ended in 1988, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Development Authority. Within two years, he was elected president and continued in that role until April 2000.

Moore was heavily involved in the attraction of Norm Thompson Outfitters, Inc., a $12 million, 175,000-square-foot catalog distribution center that employs 120 people year round and an additional 450 during the holiday season. He's also played a significant role in such projects as the Jefferson County Telecommuting Center, Royal Vendors, Inc., the donation of the Peter Burr Historic Farm site from the Development Authority to the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission, the four-lane upgrade of West Virginia 9 and efforts to extend natural gas service to Burr Park.

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Moore has served Jefferson County in a variety of other ways. He has served on the board of the Jefferson County Council on Aging since 1977, spent 10 years as president and is now its secretary/treasurer. An addition to the Senior Center was dedicated to Garland in honor of his contributions.

He serves on the board of directors of the Old Charles Town Library and the Jefferson County Historical Society.

The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce honored him as the Distinguished Citizen of Jefferson County in 1999 for his many years of service.

Moore served his country in combat in the United States Air Force during World War II. He is a graduate of Hampton Sydney College in Virginia and was a successful member of the business community for 30 years with Peoples Life Insurance Company. He and his wife, Eleanor, have been married for 50 years and have three children and two grandchildren.

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