The Baltimore Regional Council of Governments has announced its annual regional leadership awards recipients, selecting six individuals from the Baltimore area to honor for their contributions toward solving regional problems.
* Catherine S. Hill, chief of the Commuter Transportation Center for the National Security Agency, credited as a pioneer in ride-sharing and for helping to make commuting easier for thousands of regional employees.
* Martha A. Smith, Dundalk Community College president, honored for improving the quality of the regional work force through development of the Regional Manufacturing Institute.
* Julia W. Gouge, Carroll County commissioner, cited for demonstrating effective leadership in her jurisdiction, the region and state, and for spearheading efforts to protect and improve water quality in the Baltimore watershed.
* Maj. Gen. George H. Akin, chief of the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, who has been active in addressing environmental issues in Harford County and the Baltimore region.
* Reg Murphy, former publisher and current chairman of the board of the Baltimore Sun, cited for supporting regional solutions to public policy issues, including regional economic development and regional funding for the arts.
* Michael D. Spear, the late president of the Rouse Corp., credited for "vision and brilliance" in helping nurture such projects as Columbia and Harborplace.