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Partnership Accepting Annual Award Nominations

Do you know of an exemplary business or individual who you believe represents some of the best Starkville has to offer? The annual awards program of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership is a great way to honor member businesses, individuals and stakeholders who have impacted the community in the last year. The Partnership is currently accepting letters of nomination for three prestigious awards which will be presented at our Annual Banquet on February 2, 2017.


Remember this moment… What a treat to honor Loren Zimmerman as the recipient of the 2016 T.E. Veitch Community Service Award at our Crystal Celebration Banquet! And, what a feat to have Mr. Zimmerman’s children and grandchildren as surprise guests to help him celebrate!


“The annual awards are a great way for the Partnership and the community to honor outstanding individuals and businesses who have consistently made a difference,” said Heath Barret, GSDP Interim CEO. “We are proud to continue this distinguished tradition for 2017, and we hope to hear from community members on who they feel is deserving of the honors.”

Of the seven awards sponsored by the GSDP each year, three are chosen based on community and member nominations. We invite the public to review the descriptions of the awards, and submit nominations to the Partnership no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15. Award nomination forms are available for download below.

R. Clay Simmons Exemplary Enterprise Award

Initiated in 1995, the R. Clay Simmons Exemplary Enterprise Award is presented through the Chamber of Commerce division to a for-profit business or firm in the greater Starkville area that has demonstrated exemplary business practices and made outstanding contributions to the community. The award is given in memory of R. Clay Simmons, who offers a lasting example of superior community and business leadership. Past recipients of the R. Clay Simmons Exemplary Enterprise Award include Cadence Bank, Tabor Management and Construction, Metrocast, TE Lott and East Mississippi Lumber Company.

Download Nomination Form

T. E. Veitch Community Service Award

The T. E. Veitch Community Service Award, established in 1993, is the most prestigious community service award given annually by the Greater Starkville Development Partnership. The award honors individuals who have made outstanding community service and civic contributions. Veitch award nominees exhibit continuing involvement in community affairs which enhance the common good of the community in meaningful ways. T. E. Veitch Community Service Award past recipients include Lynn Phillips-Gaines, Rex Buffington, Bill Poe, Frank Chiles and Wilson Ashfort.

Download Nomination Form

Military Affairs Committee Service to Military Award

The annual Service to Military Award is presented by the Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee to an organization or individual who has provided outstanding service to the military community of Oktibbeha County either through a single, significant event or through sustained support. The award recognizes events or programs that have created greater awareness and appreciation for the local military community, provided direct benefit to the local military community, and enhanced the quality of life of the military community. Past recipients of the Service to Military Award include Bill Poe, Joan Wilson, Gulf States Manufacturing and Starkville Daily News.

Download Nomination Form