The Monmouth-Ocean Development Council (MODC) recognized Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry’s many contributions to the quality of life and economy of the Jersey Shore Region on Thursday evening when they presented her the President’s Award at their 52nd annual Silver Gull Awards Dinner.
MODC is a business advocacy and networking group that is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and business environment in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. MODC’s members include hundreds of influential business, community and government leaders representing diverse groups through the bi-county region.
“Freeholder Director Burry has made a powerful and positive impact on the quality of life and the vitality of our region,” said MODC Executive Director Ben Waldron. “We are proud to honor her ongoing leadership in revitalizing our region while preserving our history and open space.”
In her remarks to the approximately 400 MODC members at the Eagle Oaks Country Club in Farmingdale, Burry spoke of the transition from the era of mass suburbanization to the current era of “Redevelopment, Revitalization and Rediscovery” in the County’s planning. She cited her work on the new Monmouth County Master Plan which, she said, emphasizes “value over volume, builds on existing resources, and reflects a strong commitment to quality of life issues. These have included preservation of our historic heritage, expanding both parkland and open space, building some of the finest and most widely recognized educational institutions in the country and expanding our support for the growing arts community.”