Oregon Economic Development Foundation - Experience in Atlanta market will benefit new director
Tim Pedro, president of the Oregon Economic Development Foundation, has announced the foundation has hired an experienced economic development professional from Georgia as its new executive director.
Lindsay Myers, former economic development program manger for the Gwinnett Chamber, will start work Monday, July 9 and be introduced to the business community at the foundation’s annual Party in the Parking Lot Thursday, Aug. 9 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Myers fills a position that has been vacant since Gary Thompson left the foundation in September to take the position of vice president and director of Jobs Ohio for the Regional Growth Partnership. Pedro credited Linda Zunk, administrative assistant, and Oregon city officials for keeping the organization on track while the board reevaluated the job description and narrowed the 45 to 50 applications down to five. Myers will start at $55,000.
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Pedro said her experience in strategic planning and job retention and expansion calls in a major market gave her the edge over other candidates. “She’s a game changer. She comes to us from Atlanta, Ga. and she has five years experience in economic development in Gwinnett County.”
During her three-year stay at the Gwinnett Chamber, Myers managed 50 to 75 programs and events annually. She also was responsible for planning the economic development department’s annual global business trip including one to 10 cities in China. She previously worked as marketing coordinator for Keep Bulloch Beautiful in Statesboro, Ga.
Myers, in an e-mail to The Press, stated she is excited about marketing Oregon to job creators. “A company potentially looking to relocate or expand their business seeks out communities that have a superior quality of life, strong leaders and a business friendly environment. Oregon has all of these. The City is located near a port, which is a huge selling point for the industrial sector companies that are looking to import and export goods quickly. Oregon is conveniently located near the airport in Toledo and the airport in Detroit. It is also apparent to me that the community continues to work hard to keep parks, schools and infrastructure up to date and make this a place where people and companies thrive. “
Myers is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and has a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations.
Workers’ comp. discount
In a special incentive program, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is offering Ottawa County area employers a one-time rebate of 2 percent on their premiums for active participation in Safety Council during the next 12 months.
To receive the rebate, companies must meet four criteria including joining the Ottawa County Safety Council no later than July 31 and submitting two safety reports for the 2012 calendar year.
For more details, contact Denise Ventrone at the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation, at 567-262-3302, or email to
Edward Maurer has been designated an Allstate Premier Service Agent for 2012.
The Premier Service Agency designation is awarded to Allstate agency owners who have consistently demonstrated excellence in delivering an accessible, knowledgeable and personal customer experience, and in achieving outstanding business results.
The Edward Maurer Agency is located at 3002 Woodville Rd. in Northwood.
Kimberly Young, an investment advisor representative at McIntire Retirement Services in Perrysburg and Fremont, has been awarded the CFPR certification.
These marks identify those individuals who have met the rigorous experience and ethical requirements of the CFP Board, have successfully completed financial planning coursework and have passed the CFPR Certification Examination covering the following areas: the financial planning process, risk management, investments, tax planning and management, retirement and employee benefits, and estate planning.
Up the ladder
GenoaBank has promoted Staci Jo McDaniel to assistant vice president – marketing manager.
While McDaniel’s office will be located in the bank’s Genoa branch, she will coordinate and supervise public relations, communications and marketing efforts for the six branch offices of the corporation. McDaniel began working part-time at GenoaBank while a college student, assuming positions of increasing responsibility and scope over the past decade.
McDaniel earned her Bachelor of Business Administration, specializing in Marketing from Bowling Green State University; graduating Cum Laude. She earned her Associates of Science at Owens Community College after graduating from Genoa High School.
Moore gets grant
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation awarded safety intervention grants totaling more than $465,000 to 18 Ohio employers in May including Moore Orchard Farms of Ottawa County.
BWC designed the Safety Intervention Grant Program to assist Ohio employers in reducing illnesses and injuries and to create a partnership with them to establish best practices for accident and injury prevention.
Moore Orchards is a small family-owned apple orchard. The employer was awarded $40,000 to purchase plastic bins to reduce the risk of injury related to manual material handling, such as sprains and strains, in addition to cuts and lacerations from loose metal and nails protruding from wooden crates.
The right thing
The Oregon Health and Welfare Committee held a 50/50 raffle at a recent Car Cruise sponsored by the Anderson Tire Store. The effort resulted in raising $639 for the Christmas Basket program. Andersons added an additional $200 donation, according to Bob Marquette, spokesman for the group.
Press wins two firsts in Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards
Press News Editor Kelly Kaczala and reporter Melissa Burden recently won two first-place awards at the 34th annual Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards sponsored by The Press Club of Cleveland.
The two won a first for non-daily newspapers in the category of public service for their story entitled “Man stops breathing waiting for rescue squad.” The story was the first in a series of stories that looked at the shortcomings in the coverage for emergency medical care in the City of Northwood. In this first article the two told the story of a Northwood man who died two days after waiting 28 minutes for emergency medical care after placing three 9-1-1 calls.
The judges wrote, “Extremely thorough and detailed account of the 911call Tim Mix’s wife made when he had trouble breathing and the reasons why it took emergency responders 28 minutes to reach him. They talked to as many involved parties as possible and were clearly determined to get to the bottom of what went wrong. The stories must have kept city officials in the hot seat, and rightly so. Great tenacious coverage of a “perfect storm” that may have contributed to a man’s death.”
The two also won first place in the investigative reporting category. The judges commented, “The focused coverage of this tragedy and the circumstances that led to it forced change at the city level. A fine example of the primary role of journalists in our society.”
Following the series, the city initiated some changes in procedure to better protect its citizens. The mayor, as a direct result of the stories, proposed a 24/7 Advanced Life Support system that would guarantee a paramedic responding to all calls requiring emergency medical care.
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