2017 Annual Award Details
Category Descriptions and Nomination Form Links
The Best Project Award recognizes outstanding and innovative projects in economic and business development that retain or generate jobs and investment. This can be anything from a retention project to a new facility construction, redevelopment (brownfield or otherwise) or an historic project. The award determination is not dependant on the number of jobs created or retained or the amount of total investment. Rather, this award will showcase a unique approach to the project, which can include public-private partnership, local collaboration, innovative financing and/or incentives. The project must have been completed in the last 18 months, however there are no time limits or constraints on the total timeline of the project (especially in the case of brownfield redevelopment, infrastructure projects, etc).
Excellence in Economic Development Marketing
This award recognizes successful marketing/marketing campaigns. Examples include target marketing studies, branding, websites, direct mail, consultant events, public relations campaigns, and advertising.
Nominations for this category are accepted based on the size of the community/area being marketed. Recognition may be awarded for one or all size categories.
Excellence in Economic Development Innovation
This award recognizes unique approaches to any aspect of economic development and recognizes a person or organization that has developed innovative practices and programs. Examples include: podcasts, blogs, guerilla marketing techniques, legislative initiatives, creative development of match funds, combining work force development with economic development, etc.
Excellence in Workforce Development Innovation
This award recognizes unique approaches to any aspect of workforce development and recognizes a person 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.
Excellence in Volunteerism
This award recognizes exceptional volunteer individuals who have assisted in successful economic development efforts in Ohio.
Rookie of the Year
The Rookie of the Year award is to recognize an individual who has been an Economic Development Professional in Ohio for less than two years (joined after January 1, 2016). The purpose of the award is to identify someone who has “hit the ground running” and made extraordinary contributions to local or State workforce and economic development in his/her career. The Rookie of the Year award encourages, recognizes, and acclaims one who has met the challenges of providing economic development early on and who demonstrates the dedication to positively impacting the state’s economic growth.
The Clinton County Port Authority is marking National Economic Development Week from May 9-15, 2021, to celebrate the contributions of positive economic development and discuss the role of the profession in the local community.read more
A research and arts project to document how eastern Ohio has been shaped by changes in the coal industry was awarded a $35,000 grant from the Sustainability Institute at Ohio State. The Ohio Coal Transition: Pathways for Community Resilience is a partnership between The Ohio State University’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, OSU Extension, University Libraries, and the departments of Theatre, Geography and Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering.read more
Much more than just “drug houses”; State grants to fund commercial building demolition would propel county land banks as key drivers of Ohio’s economic development
In late April 2021, a legislative committee in the Ohio House held its second hearing to consider creating a $100 million grant program, exclusively for county land banks, to fund commercial building demolition. Ohio’s land bank statutes are recognized as a national model, uniquely providing an opt-in for county commissioners to direct tax collections to fund their county land banks’ activities. That revenue model, coupled with allocations from the state’s Hardest Hit Fund (specifically, the sun-setting Neighborhood Initiative Program), allowed land banks to grow in number during the past decade and thrive in addressing so-called nonproductive land in their communities.read more