Gets the description attribute assigned to an item in an Enum.

public static class EnumHelper<T>
{
    public static string GetEnumDescription(string value)
    {
        Type type = typeof(T);
        var name = Enum.GetNames(type).Where(f => f.Equals(value, StringComparison.CurrentCultureIgnoreCase)).Select(d => d).FirstOrDefault();

        if (name == null)
        {
            return string.Empty;
        }

        var field = type.GetField(name);
        var customAttribute = field.GetCustomAttributes(typeof(DescriptionAttribute), false);

        return customAttribute.Length > 0 ? ((DescriptionAttribute)customAttribute[0]).Description : name;
    }
}