Ralph Forbes of Richmond Hill, the vice president/regional director for Thomas and Hutton engineering firm, was recently named the 2018 Volunteer of the Year by the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA).
Forbes was present at GEDA’s November luncheon in Atlanta, along with friends, company representatives and community supporters, to receive the Volunteer of the Year award. More than 250 economic developers from around the state attended the luncheon to honor Forbes and others.
According to a press release from GEDA, Forbes has worked tirelessly for economic development efforts for many years and is being recognized for his outstanding service to the citizens of Georgia.
Selected by GEDA’s Board of Directors, Forbes often is the "go-to" person for communities and statewide economic development agencies when they are preparing presentations for prospective clients. Forbes has volunteered for many major projects in recent history but has also helped companies to site locations in Georgia since the 1980s.
“Typically, this award goes to a local community volunteer, but Forbes’ expertise and generous gift of time to many communities throughout Georgia cannot go unrecognized,” said GEDA President Kevin Shea in a press release. “His volunteer work covers the entire state. He has been known to make meetings in Atlanta, Richmond Hill and back, all in one day. All the projects in which he has participated, have involved collaboration among multiple stakeholders (i.e. county, multiple cities, multiple authorities, utilities and more). He has encouraged and exemplified that collaboration. He is a premier expert on site development needs and legal restrictions.”