CE News, a national trade publication for Engineering professionals, recently named Chuck Warbington, executive director for the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District (CID), to their inaugural list of 2012 rising stars.

The publication recognized 15 civil engineering professionals from across the country for their exceptional technical capability, leadership, effective teaching or research, or public service benefitting the civil engineering profession.

“CE News established the Rising Stars award program to recognize civil engineering professionals who are excelling in the early stages of their careers, strengthening and expanding the industry’s foundation established by those who proceeded them,” said Bob Drake, editor of CE News. “Chuck’s leadership in leveraging local cooperation and funds to obtain significant federal support for infrastructure is outstanding. In addition, his involvement in planning activities and a drive for sustainable development is helping shape the community’s future.”

As executive director for the Gwinnett Village CID, Warbington oversees initiatives aimed at revitalizing the 14 square mile district in the southwest portion of Gwinnett County. Because of its proximity to the city of Atlanta and it’s convenient location, astride Interstate I-85, the area was the first part of what is now Atlanta’s largest suburb to see significant commercial development. Over the following decades the area began to age and suffer from disinvestment as development moved farther from the urban core.

The Gwinnett Village CID was founded in 2006 with the goal of revitalizing the area and returning it to its previous prominence as the main commercial activity center in the Northeast corridor of Metro Atlanta. The CID’s strategy for revitalizing the area has been to leverage locally collected revenue to drive additional infrastructure investment in the community. By working to merge land use and transportation policy the CID works to create a vibrant community that benefits local residents and businesses alike.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the work that we’ve done at the CID,”  said Warbington. “The recognition from a group of my peers is truly an honor, but I think the real success story here is about an entire community; commercial property owners, business owners, residents and local policy makers, working toward a shared vision of what their community could be. I’m just happy to be a part of that process.” To find the full list of award recipients, please visit the CE News Site.