Adair County man wins Guy Powell Award


January 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Gail Steward receives the Guy Powell Award

An Adair County man is the winner of Midwest Partnership’s “Guy Powell Award.” Gail Steward, of Orient, was presented with the award during the Midwest Partnership for Economic Development’s annual dinner meeting on January 26th, in Panora.

Steward was nominated by several individuals for his ability to inspire others with his vision for the future in his community. He’s volunteered for many projects in the community and donated countless hours to organizations and projects he believes in. Officials said Steward is an outstanding leader with the Development Corporation of Greenfield and has worked hard to bring new business into the area.  He also has been involved with the Adair County Health Foundation, the Greenfield Chamber/ Main Street, the E. E. Warren Cultural Center and the Hotel Greenfield restoration project.
The family of Guy Powell was also present at the dinner to assist in honoring Gail.  This is the third year the award has recognized the economic development contributions of an individual in the Midwest t Partnership EDC region, which covers Adair, Audubon, Greene, and Guthrie counties.

The Guy Powell Award was established in honor of the late Guy Powell of Greenfield, who served as president of the Midwest Partnership EDC board of directors and was an active volunteer in several other community organizations.  It is intended to recognize excellence in leadership and passion for economic development in the Midwest Partnership EDC region, taking into account vision, leadership, courage, and impact.