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NACo honors Mercer County, W.Va., Commissioner Puckett with leadership award

By Charles Boothe, Bluefield Daily Telegraph

FORT WASHINGTON, MD. — A familiar face often seen painting murals in Princeton as well as picking up litter around the county has been honored on a national level.

Americans for the Arts and the National Association of Counties (NACo) presented Mercer County Commissioner Greg Puckett with the Public Leadership in the Arts Award for County Arts Leadership Saturday during NACo’s annual conference in Maryland.

Puckett was honored for his “steadfast dedication to the arts, community development, and prevention efforts.”

Americans for the Arts said Puckett’s reputation as a county arts leader “started in 2013, when he raised over $10,000 for the revitalization of the Renaissance Theatre in his hometown of Princeton, West Virginia. His fundraising effort involved being suspended 25 feet in the air in a bucket truck, earning him the quip ‘Puckett in a Bucket.’ He serves as the Executive Director of Community Connections for the Princeton Renaissance Project, a community initiative that aims to improve town life, reduce substance abuse, and bring hope to youth and future generations. More recently, Puckett has focused on bringing public art to Mercer County in the form of murals, depicting messages of equality, inclusion, diversity, and unity. As an avid proponent for the creative sector Puckett understands not only the economic and community values of the arts, but also their health and safety benefits.” …

To read more: https://www.bdtonline.com/news/naco-honors-commissioner-puckett-with-leadership-award/article_9332c94c-e385-11eb-811d-df533026a632.html

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