The Jack Burney Award honors G. Jackson Burney and those who improve the Davidson community through unselfish service over a lifetime. The annual award is typically presented each November at a community event at town hall the Wednesday morning before Thanksgiving.
The Nominating Committee is chaired by Connie Wessner and is made up of members of the community and past winners.
G. Jackson Burney passed away in 2004. A true friend of Davidson, Jack led a life dedicated to improving the quality of life all around him; that was especially true in all his dealings with the town.
In his professional life, Mr. Burney helped to create the Charlotte Census tracts for the U.S. Department of Commerce and he ran the Charlotte Chamber Economic Development program for 10 years.
He was a White House delegate to a conference on Balanced Growth and Economic Development and a technical advisor to the North Carolina Governor’s Conference on Balanced Growth.
Hobbies & Accomplishments
Jack enjoyed music and computers. In his personal time, he founded the Town Message and published several other newsletters including one for the Davidson Downtown Organization. Jack provided a great deal of support for town initiatives by volunteering his organizational, critical analysis and leadership skills.
Jack approached sensitive issues with a kind heart and great patience. Highlights of Jack’s contributions to the town included his roles as chair of both the Davidson Land Plan Committee and the planning board. Jack chaired the 2003-2004 Circulation Stakeholders Committee.