Mell S. "Tee" Tolleson of Elko in Houston County was named to the state Board of Economic Development. No doubt he's kin to state Sen. Ross Tolleson, R-Perry. The Georgia Department of Economic Development recruits companies to the state and tries to foster a strong business environment. Just what roll the board plays in that, I'm not sure.
UPDATE: From Alison Tyrer at the department, who was very patient and helpful:
Our board has no oversight of our daily operational functions. That duty belongs to Ken Stewart, our commissioner. It is an advisory board – a “braintrust,” if you will. It is comprised of 13 members representing the 13 congressional districts, as I mentioned, plus at-large members. They receive no compensation, but they do get a per diem for expenses associated with their official duties (mostly pertains to attending the meetings.)
The other appointment to this board today was Michael Cottrell of Dahlonega. He's chairman of "a large over-the-road car-haul manufacturer." I have no idea what that means. He's also chairman of the Lumpkin County Development Authority and a director on the board of the United Community Bank of Dahlonega.
There were several other appointments announced today, but this is the only other one that caught my eye:
Georgia Land Conservation Council
Paul H. Michael, 39, Roswell — Michael is vice president of development at TPA Realty Services. He previously served as director of development and acquisitions for Hampton Island Preserve and as chief of real estate for the Department of Natural Resources.
All very exciting, I know. Have a nice weekend.