The Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development Association recently presented OCIC Director Jamie Beier Grant with its Flame Award for Leadership Excellence at the organization’s annual meeting held on March 22. According to NORED’s President, Kay Reiter, the Flame Award was established in 2011 to recognize a business or individual who has distinguished themselves by their ongoing leadership and guidance in forming a stronger economic climate throughout Northwest Ohio.
“Ms. Beier Grant was selected because of the many years she has dedicated herself to NORED in various leadership roles, including serving as President and Chair of several committees.” Reiter also commented. “Jamie has also represented Northwest Ohio and NORED through her most recent role as President of the Ohio Economic Development Association. Her commitment to economic development efforts and enthusiasm is why Ms. Beier Grant is deserving of the 2012 NORED Flame Award.”
“To receive this award from my colleagues and peers in the region is truly an honor,” said Beier Grant. “Ottawa County and the Northwest Ohio region have so much to offer and I am fortunate to be able to work together with such dedicated and wonderful people.”
The NORED annual meeting was attended by more than 250 people throughout the region. Featured speakers at the meeting included D. Paul Zito, International Business Development Director for the Regional Growth Partnership, who spoke about the opportunities for foreign direct investment in the region and ways businesses can access international markets. Also featured was Jay Williams, President Obama’s Car Czar, who talked about the resurgence in the automotive industry and the importance of that resurgence to the business community in Northwest Ohio.
NORED is an association of economic development practitioners and partners spanning 12 counties throughout Northwest Ohio. It is a forum for the exchange of information among its members and others aimed at increasing job opportunities and improving the quality of life throughout the region. Main priorities of the organization include: leadership in economic development, branding in a world-wide marketplace, providing opportunity for professional and personal success, advocacy in Columbus and Washington on behalf of the region, and connecting to the region’s political and business leaders.