Carbon County's administrator was recently recognized for his work with the tourism industry in the county.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, announced that Randall Smith, county administrator, received the Valued Partner Award during the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau's annual meeting on Oct. 12.

The award recognizes Smith's commitment to the tourism industry and the visitors to the region.

O'Gurek thanked Smith for his dedication to Carbon County.

"Randy does a good job representing us," he said. "He has been an active participant in the Pocono Mountain Visitor Bureau's dinners and programs and has constant communications with the people. He has a good understanding of what this administration's philosophy is with regards to advancing tourism."

O'Gurek pointed out that one of the major things Smith worked with in the county was the hotel tax that was implemented a few years ago. Fifty percent of the money generated from the tax is distributed through biannual grants for nonprofit organizations who support tourism.

"Randy has been the one who pulls the trigger to make these projects happen," O'Gurek said.

Commissioners Charles Getz and Wayne Nothstein echoed O'Gurek's thoughts.

Getz congratulated Smith and thanked him for the time and effort he has put into the county.

Nothstein added that Smith has worked to make projects happen that support the tourism industry.

Smith thanked the commissioners for their support, but said that he didn't deserve all the credit.

"I accepted this award, but really it was on behalf of the county and the commissioners office," Smith said. "Although I did some meaningful work on those projects, it is only because the commissioners supported those projects and the work I do."

Smith has worked as the Carbon County administrator since 1998.

During that time, he has overseen numerous large-scale projects that have built a solid foundation for the tourism industry in the county, including the Josiah White Park and train station renovation projects in downtown Jim Thorpe, as well as the completion of a recreational trail that connects Jim Thorpe to the Lehigh Gorge State Park.