COLUMBUS, OH, OCTOBER 18, 2018: The Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) presented its Annual Excellence Awards at its 2018 Annual Summit, held at the Columbus Renaissance Downtown.
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 come together and collectively celebrate the success of the economic development profession,” Jennifer Price, OEDA Executive Director, said.
Wyandot County Office of Economic Development (WCOED) Executive Director Greg Moon was certified among a cohort of seven individuals who were the first to receive the new Ohio Certified Economic Developer (OhioCED) credential. The OhioCED credential is designed to demonstrate the depth and breadth of an individual’s knowledge and their ability to apply that knowledge to the benefit of their community or organization. In addition, the OhioCED designation represents the economic development practitioner’s commitment to advancing the Ohio economy and elevating the economic development profession.
“The Ohio Certified Economic Developer credential now further displays to our existing and potential future businesses that Wyandot County upholds a strong commitment toward serving their needs,” said Moon. “The Wyandot County Office of Economic Development is now one of only a handful of local economic development organizations in the state with leadership holding the OhioCED certification.”
Last week the WCOED was also recognized when it received a Runner-Up Award under the Best Project Award category. The Best Project Award recognizes outstanding and innovative projects in economic and business development that retain or generate jobs and investment. The category finalists included: Winner – Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority for The Cleveland Cliffs Project at Ironville Terminal, Fat Head’s Brewery and Restaurant, and the Wyandot County Office of Economic Development for this year’s Hanon Systems USA expansion project in the Village of Carey.
The local Community Opportunity, online workforce development system, established under a partnership between the WCOED and Crawford County Partnership for Economic Development also received a Runner-Up Award under the category of 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. Finalists under this category included: Winner – Multi-County Advanced Manufacturing Corridor, MCEDC Workforce Program, and The Employer Toolkit by the Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.