Thursday, October 05, 2017

COLUMBUS, OH, OCTOBER 4, 2017:  The Mid-America Economic Development Council board of directors recently selected the 2017 recipients for the annual Bob Ady Scholarship Program.  The scholarship program is named in memory of Bob Ady, a champion for economic development in the U.S. and especially the Mid-America region. 

“On our fifth year of partnering with Mid-America EDC to support professionals new to the field of economic development, we look back at the successes of the participants who continue to thrive under always changing economic conditions,” said Janet Ady, President, and CEO of Ady Advantage. “The future is bright for those that want to lead and learn new ways to improve their communities and it is my hope that we continue to have talented people coming into the field. That’s what the spirit of the Bob Ady Scholarship program is all about.”

This scholarship program is available for Mid-America Economic Development Council members and non-members.  Applicants were evaluated based on their interest in economic development overall, as well as their interest in the Mid-America Economic Development Council organization.

Congratulations to the 2017 Bob Ady Scholarship Recipients!

•             Andrew Ambriz, Executive Director, McCook Economic Development Corporation – McCook, Nebraska

•             Quentin Bishop, Director of Business Attraction, Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County – Port Huron, Michigan

•             Jared Dellinger, Program Coordinator, Greater Waukegan Development Coalition – Libertyville, Illinois

•             Carol Johnson, Executive Director, Mount Horeb Area Economic Development Corporation – Mount Horeb, Wisconsin

•             Isaac Lee, Executive Director, Steuben County Economic Development Corporation – Angola, Indiana

•             Melissa Norgard, Economic Development Director, City of Sidney, Nebraska

•             Thomas Otto, Economic Development Specialist, City of Madison, Wisconsin

•             Amy Sapp, Special Projects Coordinator, Economic Development, City of Kimball, Nebraska

•             Andrea Sitzes, Executive Director, Ozark Chamber of Commerce – Ozark, Missouri

•             Maggie Vaughn, Director of Talent Solutions, Hastings Economic Development Corporation – Hastings, Nebraska

•             Todd Willis, Economic Development Coordinator, City of Brookfield, Wisconsin

•             Mary Wilson, Executive Director, Keith County Area Development – Ogallala, Nebraska

•             Jerry Zielke, Director, Paulding County Economic Development, Inc. – Paulding, Ohio

•             Andrew Zupkoff, Community & Economic Development Coordinator, Village of Forsyth, Illinois


Scholarship recipients receive registration to the 2017 Competitiveness Conference & Site Selector Forum to be held December 3-5, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois, along with reimbursement of some travel expenses.

The Mid-America Economic Development Council is a multi-state association dedicated to being the leading resource for education, making connections, and sharing best practices for economic development professionals. 

For more information about the Mid-America Economic Development Council, including the Competitiveness Conference & Site Selector Forum, please visit www.midamericaedc.org. If you would like to learn more about Ady Advantage, visit www.Adyadvantage.com

Click Here for the Press Release.

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