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NC IOPL Fellow Honored with Order of the Long Leaf Pine

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NC IOPL Fellow Honored with Order of the Long Leaf Pine


Stephen G. Duncan, a native of Belmont, NC, recently was presented the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious awards granted by the Governor of North Carolina. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is given to individuals who have a proven record of extraordinary service to the state that is above and beyond the call of duty and which has a significant impact.

Steve has a lifetime record of active involvement in civic and community affairs. On behalf of the citizens of Chimney Rock Village, he directed the official incorporation of the municipality. He continues to serve in administration and as Finance Director. In the City of Marion, he was involved in municipal activities such as initiating the downtown development program, including the creation of the downtown association and two Historic District designations.

When he served on the Asheville Housing Task Force, Steve was instrumental in the comprehensive change in housing policies for the City of Asheville. He also recently served as First Vice-Chair of the former Advantage West (WNC Economic Development Commission), member of the Public Policy committee for the Council of Real Estate Investor’s Association, and Board of Directors for the Land of the Sky Association of Realtors. Currently Steve serves on the Land of the Sky Association Board of Realtor’s Finance Committee. Steve was a founding member of the Neal Hanks Sr. Memorial Fund and serves as current chairman.

A former Appalachian State University Student Government president, Steve is particularly interested in the strategic growth and development of the university academically and athletically. He also has a strong interest in the economic prosperity of Gaston County and surrounding counties from the Foothills to the Northwestern and Western regions of North Carolina.

Steve is a full-timed licensed real estate broker in North Carolina, serving clients from Asheville and the Gaston County region and a 1991 Graduate of the NC IOPL Fellows Program.

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