On Tuesday, Sept. 17, Mayor George F. Goosmann, III was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Biltmore Forest Town Manager Jonathan Kanipe presented the award on behalf of Governor Roy Cooper at the Board of Commissioners’ regular monthly meeting.
Since 1963, North Carolina’s governors have reserved their highest honor, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award, for persons who have made significant contributions to the state and their communities through exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments.
The Town of Biltmore Forest nominated Mayor Goosmann and surprised him at the Board’s regular meeting with the award. Goosmann has served as Biltmore Forest’s mayor since December 2003 and in December 2019 will become the Town’s longest serving Mayor. In addition to his service to Biltmore Forest, Goosmann has served on over 20 charitable, civic, and educational boards in the community and region since 1977. Most recently, he served two terms as the Chair of the Land of Sky Regional Council of Governments – a region comprising local governments in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania Counties. He received the Charles H. Campbell Regional Leadership Award in 2016 presented annually by other member jurisdictions in the Land of Sky Region to honor “an outstanding contributor to the betterment of Western North Carolina and the Land of Sky Region.”