Leadership Ottawa County class explores business & eonomic development

Leadership Ottawa County (LOC) began their March 13 class at the Davis - Besse Training Facility north of Oak Harbor. This month's topic was business and economic development.  Dan Hartnett provided a behind-the-scenes look at the Nuclear Operations Training at Davis-Besse.  Class members observed operator training in the control room simulator. The training includes how to respond to any unusual event that might trigger a shutdown in an emergency situation. 

The class then traveled to the Ottawa County Transportation Agency (OCTA) where director Bill Lowe and Diane Schimming provided  information on day-to-day operations of public transportation in Ottawa County followed by a tour of the new facility. Participants were made aware of the diversity of transportation needs in the county.

The final stop was at Materion near Elmore. A power-point presentation was given by VP of Sales Larry Ryczek and HR Director Shelly Lizzyness, followed by viewing samples of items made from beryllium.  The evening concluded with Jamie Beier-Grant, Director of the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (OCIC), speaking on the efforts of the OCIC to help local businesses grow, provide needed training and testing, and attract companies interested in locating in the area. This was followed by dinner provided by Materion.   

Leadership Ottawa County is a nine month leadership development program that brings young professionals together to learn about and explore the diversity of Ottawa County and increase personal leadership skills through experiential training. For more information, visit

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