The Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) recognized Cincinnati for its efforts in marketing and volunteerism at its annual summit held last week in Columbus. OEDA officials say that the awards program is meant to recognize the achievements of both individuals and organizations throughout the state in the areas of economic and workforce development.

The City of Cincinnati’s Economic Development Division was recognized for its new Choose Cincy website which debuted earlier this year. The new website replaces a previously buried site on the City’s main page, and has dramatically improved access to information for those interested in the economic and demographic activities in Cincinnati.

“The new website signified a huge step forward on how we communicate with the economic development community as we seek new investors and bring jobs to Cincinnati,” Interim Economic Development Director Patrick Ewing said in a release. “This will help us to further compete in a global economy.”

The other recognition went to Cincinnati Neighborhood Business Districts United (CNBDU) organization for excellence in volunteerism. Two individuals, Mike Wagner and John Price, were specifically identified for their years of service leading the non-profit group that works to improve Cincinnati’s many neighborhood business districts (NBDs).

Wagner and Price started the organization in 1993 and have helped secure roughly $30 million in City funding for nearly 200 capital improvement projects, like streetscaping work, throughout many of Cincinnati’s NBDs.