Members of the Multi-County Advanced Manufacturing Corridor, along with Chris Schmenk, of Bricker & Eckler, and Chris Xeil Lyons, OEDA 2018 Board President. (Submitted)

Columbus, Ohio - A project designed to bring advanced manufacturing training to the region has been honored with a prestigious state award.

During its 2018 Annual Summit held recently in Columbus, The Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) presented the award for Excellence in Workforce Development to the Multi-County Advanced Manufacturing Corridor. 

The advanced manufacturing corridor is a partnership between a diverse group of organizations that came together to address the need for advanced manufacturing training in the region, especially in the areas of robotics, computer numerical controlled machining and programmable logic controllers. 

Partners in the project include Kent State University at Tuscarawas, the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce, Buckeye Career Center, Ohiomeansjobs Stark & Tuscarawas Counties, East Central Ohio ESC, Harrison County Community and Economic Development, and the Carroll County Office of Economic Development. 

The four-tiered project includes non-credit, certificate, associate, and bachelor’s degree offerings through Buckeye Career Center and Kent State Tuscarawas. 

Kent State Tuscarawas Dean and Chief of Students Brad Bielski says the university is thrilled and honored to have received the award.

“Part of our regional campus mission is to be aware of the needs of our community. After canvassing our community, we found that skills training and manufacturing were critical in moving our region forward from the economic development perspective,” he says.

OEDA Executive Director Jennifer Price says the Annual Excellence Awards program recognizes the achievements of individuals and organizations throughout Ohio in the areas of economic and workforce development.  

“The Annual Excellence Awards showcase the best of the best in economic development and give members of the profession the opportunity to come together and collectively celebrate the success of the economic development profession,” she said.

Additional honorees included: Best Project, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, The Cleveland Cliffs Project at Ironville Terminal; Excellence in Marketing & Communications – Small Community, Meigs County Economic Development Website; Excellence in Marketing & Communications – Medium Community, Ashland Area Economic Development; Excellence in Marketing & Communications – Large Community, Team NEO Digital Lead Generation Program; Excellence in Innovation, The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority; Excellence in Volunteerism, Mark D. Johns, Licking County, Ohio; and Rookie of the Year, Jillian Rine, GROW Licking County CIC.

OEDA is a professional association for economic developers. The association’s mission is to increase economic prosperity in the State of Ohio by working together, on a non-partisan basis, with state, regional, and local development partners to advance Ohio’s economy through professional development, advocacy, and networking. For more information about OEDA, visit  

For more information about the Multi-County Advanced Manufacturing Corridor, contact Paul Dykshoorn at or William Beisel at 


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