The Ada Community Improvement Corporation was presented with a check for $1,500 because of its participation in an economic development program.
Jon Cross, president and CEO of business development, and John Hohn, director of economic development, both with the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, were present at Tuesday night’s village council meeting to present the check to village administrator Jim Meyer, who in turn will take the check with him to the Ada CIC.
The Alliance staff, officials from the Ada CIC, as well as the Forest CIC, participated in AEP Ohio’s 2015 Community Economic Development Academy, Cross said. The academy was a multi-phase program that included attending site selection workshops, preparing new marketing strategies and hosting national site selectors for tours of the county’s top industrial sites.
The $1,500 given to the Ada CIC, Cross said, is being shared from the grant money received by the Alliance and for participating in the academy. The original grant money was provided by AEP Ohio.“Community Improvement Corporations are very important to our county,” Cross said.
“They really help communities – the village of Ada and the village of Forest, we have one in the village of Mount Victory, I believe we’re having one in Dunkirk – it really helps with economic development and community development strategies, so it’s very important. There’s also legal things they can do that councils can’t do.”