Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) Presents 2020 Annual Excellence Awards

Oct 2, 2020 | Uncategorized

COLUMBUS, OH:  The Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) presented its Annual Excellence Awards during its 2020 Virtual Annual Summit.

The Ohio Economic Development Association’s Annual Excellence Awards program recognizes the achievements of individuals and organizations throughout Ohio in the areas of economic and workforce development.

“The Annual Excellence Awards showcase the best of the best in economic development and gives members of the profession the opportunity to collectively celebrate the success of the economic development profession,” Jennifer Price, OEDA Executive Director, said.

Annual Excellence Award Recognition was presented in the following four categories.  Congratulations to the winners and finalists!


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 and demonstrate an impact in meeting the workforce needs or overcoming the challenges in a specific community/region, industry, population or the state as a whole.

  • Finalist – Dublin Reality Check I.T. Workforce Recruiting Event
  • Finalist – Pathways to Successful People


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.

  • Winner – Lordstown Motors Corp. Procurement Events
  • Finalist – City of Dublin Company Feature Series
  • Finalist – #livetusc


Economic Development Professional of the Year

This awards is to recognize an individual who has been an economic development professional in Ohio for at least the past year.  The purpose of the award is to identify someone who has assisted in making a significant impact in their organization/community through their efforts as an economic developer. The Economic Development Professional of the Year award encourages, recognizes, and celebrates an individual who has met the challenges of providing economic development and, who demonstrates the ability and commitment to positively impact their community’s and/or the state’s economic growth, and contributed to the advancement of the economic development profession in Ohio.

  • Finalist – David J. Adams, Chief Innovation Officer, University of Cincinnati
  • Finalist – Tim Bachman, Senior Manager, Business Development & Project Management, REDI Cincinnati


Best Project

This award recognizes outstanding and innovative projects (retention, attraction, redevelopment (brownfield or historic), greenfield infrastructure, Main Street) in economic and business development that retain or generate jobs and capital investment.  This can be anything from a retention project to new facility construction, redevelopment or an historic project.  The award determination is not dependent on the number of jobs created or retained, size of site, or the amount of total investment.  Rather, this award showcases a unique approach to the project, which can include a public-private partnership, local collaboration, innovative financing and/or incentives, overcoming historic barriers or obstacles, or a project that has been a catalyst for economic development in the community.

  • Winner – Kao USA Expands in Cincinnati
  • Finalist – City of Painesville’s Brownfield Redevelopment & Community Sustainability
  • Finalist – Cincinnati Innovation District


The Ohio Economic Development Association is the professional association for economic developers.  The association’s mission is to increase economic prosperity in the State of Ohio by working together, on a non-partisan basis, with state, regional, and local development partners to advance Ohio’s economy through professional development, advocacy, and networking.  For more information about OEDA, please visit www.ohioeda.com.  



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