U.S. Senator Rob Portman who served as the keynote speaker addressed over 160 attendees at the annual meeting of the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance (EODA) at the Carlisle Inn in Walnut Creek. EODA Executive Director Jim Schoch introduced five sponsors and their respective award recipients. The award categories, recipients and sponsors are as follows:
Manufacturing Award Recipient: Ludowici Roof Tile (Perry County) – Nominated by John Ulmer, Perry County Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Award Recipient: Battle Horse Knives (Guernsey County) -Nominated by Dave Wilson, Guernsey County Commissioner
Small Business Award Recipient: Guggisberg Cheese (Holmes County) – Nominated by Mark Leininger, Executive Director of the Holmes County Economic Development Council
Technology Award Recipient: Stewart Glapat Corporation (Muskingum County) – Nominated by Matt Abbott, Executive Director of Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority
Tourism Award Recipient: Historic Roscoe Village (Coshocton County) – Nominated by Amy Stockdale, Executive Director of the Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce
The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) awarded two grants from the Donald R. Myers Legacy Fund. The grant recipients were the East Liverpool City Hospital Summer Skills Program in Columbiana County and Scioto Valley Local Schools Magic Closet Program in Pike County. The Foundation also awarded a grant from the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund to the United Way Young Professionals Program in Guernsey, Monroe and Noble Counties.