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“‘2017 George Holtz Award goes to Arthur Milberger” by: Mike Reddell

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The 2017 George Holtz Award recipient Arthur J. Milberger, left, is congratulated by previous award winner Bobby Wilkinson, who announced the honor and gave the introduction at the Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation annual meeting Thursday night, Dec. 7.

    Longtime turf grass farmer and entrepreneur Arthur J. Milberger was honored with the 2017 George Holst Award for excellence in community vision and economic leadership in Matagorda County by the Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) at its annual meeting Thursday night, Dec. 7.
   Retiring Port of Palacios Director Debbie Morris also was recognized for her nine years on the MCEDC board, which also honored Palacios City Council Member Mary Crocker as she leaves the MCEDC board.
   Morris served as MCEDC secretary, as vice president and as president in 2013 and 2014. 
   Crocker was a representative of the Palacios Economic Development Corporation and will conclude her time serving on both boards due to term limits. Crocker was an MCEDC board member since 2016.  
   “I am honored to tell you the story of our well-deserving 2017 George Holst Award recipient,” Bobby Wilkinson said before announcing Milberger as the George Holtz Award recipient. 
   “He is a good friend of mine and to many of us in this room,” said Wilkinson, who also was honored with the award. 
   Milberger was born and raised in Bay City, graduating from BCHS in 1968 and married his wife Sue in 1972.
   Beginning his college career at Texas A&M University where he was a freshman walk-on to the football team, he ended up a collegiate wrestler at the University of Texas at Austin and earned his Bachelors of Business Administration degree in the Business Honors Program in 1972.
   The Milbergers started a landscaping business in San Antonio in 1972 to put him through St. Mary’s University law school. That business has grown into one of San Antonio’s largest and most popular retail garden centers today. 

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