2017 Annual Excellence Awards
Call for Nominations
The Ohio Economic Development Association’s annual excellence awards program recognizes the achievements 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 OEDA members will assess the nominations, determine finalists, and select an overall winner. Award winners will be announced at a ceremony during the OEDA Annual Summit to be held October 18-20 at The Renaissance Columbus Downtown, 50 N 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215. All award finalists and winners will be notified prior to the Annual Summit.
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 required to submit at least one audio and/or visual piece to highlight your winning entry during the program. This request will be sent from our office with notification of the winning entry.
1. Best Project
2. Excellence in Economic Development Marketing
3. Excellence in Economic Development Innovation
4. Excellence in Workforce Development Innovation
5. Excellence in Volunteerism
6. Rookie of the Year
Nominees in all categories must be individuals or organizations that operate within Ohio and may be a community-based or non-government organization, a government agency, 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.
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, 2017. Self-nominations are encouraged.
Nominations are free for current OEDA members. The nomination fee for non-members is $50 per entry (nominator and/or nominee must be an OEDA member to qualify for no entry fee). The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2017. Non-members will be invoiced for the $50 fee per entry. Payment is due July 31, 2017.
Please submit your nomination(s) by July 31, 2017 via mail or email to:
Ohio Economic Development Association
17 High Street, Suite 200, Columbus, OH 43215
Questions? Please contact the OEDA offices at 614-228-4706.
Award 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.