Technology Association of Ga. names Staton 2010 Legislator of the Year

MACON, GA (October 22, 2010) –.  The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), a leading technology industry association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of the state’s technology industry, announced Friday State Sen. Cecil Staton (R-Macon) was named the 2010 TAG Legislator of the Year. 

“Ensuring Georgia stays at the forefront of this important and valuable industry has been one of my top priorities during my time in the Senate,” said Staton.  “By having a state ready and able to promote its technological innovation and achievements is a surefire way to compete in a global economy and bring the type of jobs we need for long-term growth.  It has been a great privilege to partner with TAG over the years to accomplish these goals as they are an invaluable resource to our future success as a state.  I look forward to the work we have ahead and I am very humbled to receive this great award.”

Each year TAG presents the Legislator of the Year Award to state policy leaders who demonstrate a strong support and understanding of the technology industry. The award is presented to those who work to promote the public policy platform of TAG in the areas of statewide economic development, innovation, education and economic gardening.

“Senator Staton is one of Georgia’s strongest advocates when it comes to the development, advancement and implementation of technology. His understanding of how the technology industry, through innovation and entrepreneurship, generates real job creation and economic growth has undeniably helped to make Georgia a nationwide leader in technology. We are greatly appreciative of his continued leadership in the Georgia State Senate and honored to present him with the Technology Association of Georgia’s 2010 Legislator of the Year Award,” said Tino Mantella, President of the Technology Association of Georgia.

While chairing the Senate’s Science & Technology committee, Staton has championed technological-advancing legislation through the Georgia General Assembly.  Staton has recently authored bills aimed at improving the state’s recycling and reuse of electronic products and equipment, cracking down on internet and email fraud, and allowing school systems to adopt electronic textbooks.

Sen. Cecil Staton serves as Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee. He represents the 18th Senate District which includes portions of Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones and Monroe counties.  He may be reached by phone at 404.656.5039 or via e-mail at

For Immediate Release:
October 22, 2010
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