2018 Annual Excellence Awards – Call for Nominations

May 30, 2018 | News |

The Ohio Economic Development Association’s annual excellence awards program recognizes the achievements of individuals and organizations in Ohio in the areas of economic and workforce development.  Submit your nominations today and have excellence in your community recognized state-wide!

A panel of judges will assess the nominations, determine finalists, and select a winner for each of the categories noted below.  Award winners will be announced at a ceremony during the OEDA Annual Summit to be held October 16-18 at The Renaissance Columbus Downtown.  All award finalists and winners will be notified prior to the Annual Summit so as to make appropriate arrangements.

Winners and finalists will be promoted on OEDA’s website and in an OEDA e-newsletter. This information may also be published by winners and finalists in the media and used for promotional purposes.

Please note that if you are selected as a winner, you will be asked to make yourself and/or other individuals involved with the project available in August and/or September for the purpose of capturing footage for the awards ceremony. This video will be yours to keep and can be an excellent marketing and/or fundraising tool.  Be sure to check out examples of last year’s award winners.  Further details will be sent to the winning nominations in August.


Award Categories and Nomination Form Links 

  1. Best Project – Word Doc., PDF
  2. Excellence in Marketing & Communications – Word Doc., PDF
  3. Excellence in Innovation – Word Doc., PDF
  4. Excellence in Workforce Development – Word Doc., PDF
  5. Excellence in Volunteerism – Word Doc., PDF
  6. Rookie of the Year – Word Doc., PDF


Eligibility Criteria

Nominees in all categories must be individuals or organizations that operate within Ohio and may be a community-based or non-government organization, government agency or political subdivision, or a private for profit organization.  Please note that an entry may be deemed inapplicable if the judging committee feels that the entry does not fit the category selected by the nominator.


Nomination procedure

To nominate an individual or an organization for an award, please complete the appropriate nomination form(s) and submit with the requested information for each no later than July 31, 2018.  Self-nominations are encouraged.

Nominations are free for current OEDA members.  The nomination fee for non-members is $75 per entry (nominator and/or nominee must be an OEDA member to qualify for no entry fee).  Non-members will be invoiced for the $75 fee per entry.  Payment is due July 31, 2018.


Please submit your nomination(s) by July 31, 2018 via mail or email to:
Ohio Economic Development Association
17 High Street, Suite 200, Columbus, OH 43215
EMAIL: OEDA@AssnOffices.com
Questions?  Please contact the OEDA offices at 614-228-4706.


Award Category Descriptions


Best Project

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 new facility construction, redevelopment (brownfield or otherwise) or an historic project.  The award determination is not dependent 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 a public-private partnership, local collaboration, and 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 Marketing & Communications

This award recognizes successful economic development marketing projects or marketing campaigns.  Examples include target market studies, branding, websites, direct mail, consultant events, public relations campaigns, social media campaigns and advertising.

Nominations for this category are accepted based on the size of the community/area being marketed.  The size is determined by population but can include regions, multiple communities and individual communities.


Excellence in 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

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 individuals who volunteer to advance and support 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 May 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 celebrates one who has met the challenges of providing economic development early in their career and who demonstrates the ability and commitment to positively impact their community’s and/or the state’s economic growth.

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