Development Alliance hears of tourism gains
Published: May 7, 2017 7:00 AM
WALNUT CREEK — The Eastern Ohio Development Alliance (EODA) held its 27th annual meeting on April 28 at the Carlisle Village Inn in Walnut Creek.
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Mary Cusick, Director of TourismOhio, was the keynote speaker. Cusick leads the state’s efforts to create a marketing plan promoting Ohio as a premier travel destination. She spoke to an audience of 200 economic development professionals and state and local elected officials. Cusick reported TourismOhio experienced a momentous and productive 2016 as the program continued to implement the “Plan to Win” marketing effort that established the groundwork for branding the state and elevating Ohio as a travel destination of choice.
The meeting also included the presentation of EODA Excellence Awards and grants from two legacy funds.
The Excellence in Tourism Award was presented to the Ashton Preservation Association in Carrollton. Elaine Painting, executive director of the Ashton Preservation Association, and Jim Painting, curator of The Ashton House Museum, accepted the award.
The recipient of the Excellence in Small Business Award was Nelson’s of Steubenville. Accepting the award were owners Mark and Gretchen Nelson.
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Athens Mold & Machine received the Excellence in Emerging Business Award. Dave Wilson accepted the award on behalf of the company.
The Excellence Award for Large Manufacturer was presented to Kurt Bain, plant manager of the Kraft Heinz Company in Coshocton.
Jenny Ruckenbrod, Director of Leadership Columbiana County, received the inaugural award from the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund. Evelyn Hileman, widow of Dale Hileman, helped present this award.
Oasis Food Ministry in Columbiana County and W4C Recovery Ministries in Jackson County received grants from the Donald C. Myers Legacy Fund. Oasis Food Ministry received a $500 grant to support its School Backpack Program to provide breakfast and lunch for children in need on the weekends. This program takes place during the school year and in the summer, as well. W4C Recovery Ministries received a grant award to support its Hope Totes program. Recognizing the challenges that addiction presents in their local community, particularly opiate addiction, the Hope Totes program provides toiletries and other personal items, along with notes of encouragement, to teens and children impacted by addiction who have difficulty meeting their basic needs. Both legacy funds are administered by the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.