Economic Development News
CONGRATULATIONS TO MEDINA COUNTY CAREER CENTER CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM - December 15, 2016
The Culinary Arts Program at the Medina County Career Center has been named to the 2017 Elite 50, an annual selection of the top 50 secondary school hospitality programs nationwide. Chosen from 350 program across the nation that were invited to apply, Medina's program is one of a dozen programs selected from Ohio. Treat yourself to lunch soon in the MCCC Center Cafe. The Cafe is open Wednesday thru Friday from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. You can also sign up to receive their emailed menu by clicking on this link.
MEDINA BUSINESS OWNER RECEIVES LEADERSHIP MEDINA COUNTY AWARD - November 7, 2016
Larry Johns, owner of McJak Candy Company, at 1087 Branch Road, received the Excellence in Business Leadership Award at the Leadership Medina County Excellence in Leadership Awards dinner. Under Johns' leadership, the company has grown from 14 employees in 2000 to more than 50 fulltime and 30 seasonal employees today.
New product ideas and ongoing investment in state-of-the-art equipment provide the wholesale candy market with in-demand, competitive offers. Johns is a lobbyist with the National Confectioner Association, recently completed a term with the Medina City Schools Foundation, and will be the Chairman of the Board for the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce in 2017.
Other winners included:Dr. Elizabeth Watson Schnabel, educator with the Medina Couny Soil and Water Conservation District. received the Excellence in Education Leadership Award; Mary Kennedy, Chief Nursing Officer/Vice President of Patient Care at the Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital, received the Excellence in Health Care Leadership Award; Thomas James, Director of the Medina County Park District, recevied the Excellence in Public Service Leadership Award; and Ronald Paydo, Medina President for the FirstMerit Bank,now part of The Huntington National Bank, received the Excellence in Medina County Leadership Award. The City of Medina congratulates each of these winners for their leadership, dedication, and hard work.
SENATOR OBHOF ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE OHIO SENATE
We congratulate State Senator Larry Obhof, one of our Economic Development partners, on his election as President of the Ohio Senate. Senator Obhof was recently elected to a second term for the 22nd District which includes all of Medina, Ashland, and Richland counties, as well as portions of Holmes County. Senator Obhof is a resident of Medina County and has worked closely with Economic Development on many issues.
MEDINA COMPANY WINS MEDINA COUNTY BUSINESS AWARD – November 1, 2016
Congratulations to Ameri-Cal Corporation owner and President Jay Vigneault and his employees for receiving the Outstanding Community Advocate Award at the Medina County Economic Development 2016 Medina County Business Awards held November 1st at the Blair Center in Westfield Center.
This award honors individuals or companies who consistently go well beyond the minimum expectation of community service and who make a difference by demonstrating exceptional charitable involvement in the community or the county. To encourage a charitable environment and recognize creative efforts that make a difference, the award honors those that make outstanding civic contributions.
Ameri-Cal Corporation, located at 1001 Lake Road, has been suppling high quality pressure sensitive products to the printing, laminating, and converting industries since 1968, and services both national and international markets. To learn more about Ameri-Cal Corporation, visit their website at http://www.americalcorp.com.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR RECEIVES STATE AWARD - October 11, 2016
Heritage Ohio honored the City of Medina Economic Development Director Kimberly Marshall with the Best Public Leader in Revitalization Award at its October annual conference in Cincinnati. In addition to being a champion for small business in the city, she was the impetus behind the Made in Medina manufacturing showcase. Marshall chairs the Main Street Medina Business Development Committee, and worked with State officials to obtain interstate signage that directs tourist to Historic Medina. She recently spearheaded the successful effort that garnered the City of Medina a $1 million allocation in the State budget toward a Historic Downtown parking facility.
At the same conference, Main Street Medina received the Best Residential Rehabilitation Award for its renovation project at 530 South Court Street. Local businesses, individuals, and community volunteers under the direction of former Main Street Medina Executive Director Matt Wiederhold, donated time, talent, and materials over an 18-month period to restore this single family home to its original design. The home was sold to the current owner in 2015.