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Ohio Economic Development Association Presents 2012 Annual Excellence Awards


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Columbus 2020 received first place in Excellence in Economic Development Marketing and Excellence in Economic Development Innovation at the 2012 OEDA Awards.

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Ohio Economic Development Association Presents 2012 Annual Excellence Awards

  1. 1. Ohio Economic Development Association 17 South High Street, Suite 200 Columbus, OH 43215 Phone: 614-221-1900 Fax: 614-221-1989 Email: Press Release Contact: Tracey Hogan FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 25, 2012 OHIO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (OEDA) PRESENTS 2012 ANNUAL EXCELLENCE AWARDSCOLUMBUS, OH, OCTOBER 26, 2012: The Ohio Economic Development Association presented itsannual Excellence Awards at its 2012 Annual Summit, held October 24-26 at the Columbus MarriottNorthwest.The Ohio Economic Development Association’s annual excellence awards program recognizes theachievements of individuals and organizations throughout Ohio in the areas of economic and workforcedevelopment.Along with its annual excellence awards, OEDA presented an OEDA Board of Directors Service
  2. 2. Page 2Award to Thomas R. Blaha, former Executive Director of the Wood County EconomicDevelopment Commission and former OEDA board member. This service award was presented to Mr.Blaha,who recently retired, to recognize his years of dedication to Ohio and the economic developmentprofession.Annual Excellence Award Recognition was presented to:Best ProjectThe Best Project Award recognizes outstanding and innovative projects in economic and business development thatretain or generate jobs and investment.• 1st Place Award Winner - Downtown Kent Revitalization Project• Finalist - Abbott Liquid Nutrition Manufacturing Facility - Tipp City• Finalist - BX Solutions Provides Fresh Start to Cargo Operations at Toledo Express AirportExcellence in Economic Development MarketingThe Economic Development Marketing Award recognizes successful marketing/marketing campaigns.Small Community:• 1st Place Award Winner - Preble County Development Partnership - Consultant Contact (Cookie) Campaign• Finalist - Miami Township, Montgomery County, Ohio - ICSC Web-based Economic Development Portal 2012 and Related Print MaterialsLarge Community:• 1st Place Award Winners (tie) o Columbus 2020 – Columbus Region Branding o Muskingum Growth Partnership – "Welcome to the Neighborhood" OOGA Marketing Campaign• Finalist - Cincinnati USA Regional Partnership - 2011 Annual Report-Big Time: A Region in MotionExcellence in Economic Development InnovationThe Economic Development Innovation Award recognizes unique approaches to any aspect of economicdevelopment and recognizes a person or organization that has developed innovative practices and programs.• 1st Place Award Winner - Columbus 2020, as led by Chief Economic Officer, Kenny McDonald
  3. 3. Page 3• Finalist - Clinton County Regional Planning Commission-Energize Clinton County• Finalist - Bethany Dentler, Medina County Economic Development Corp.Excellence in Workforce Development InnovationThe Workforce Development Innovation Award recognizes unique approaches to any aspect of workforcedevelopment and recognizes a person and/or organization that has developed innovative practices and programs.The strategy(ies) should provide direction, guidance, and motivation to Ohio’s workforce and business community.• 1st Place Award Winner - Towards Employment-WorkAdvance, Cleveland, Ohio• Finalist – C-TEC of Licking County-Manufacturing Certification Program and Pre-Employment Training Program• Finalist – Stark State Barberton Satellite CenterThe Ohio Economic Development Association supports efforts by state, regional and local governments andother organizations to strengthen the economic climate in Ohio, foster employment growth and expandeconomic opportunities for Ohio’s citizens. For more information about OEDA, please visit -End-