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ATTENDED: How to attract new industry was the topic of a recent one-day seminar attended by Evan Scurti, director of economic development, and Donna Hrezo, manager, both of the Jefferson County Port Authority. The event was held in Nelsonville. A team of site consultants that works nationwide with dozens of companies each year to locate new businesses and industries provided their perspective of what it takes to compete and win in this very competitive arena.

The seminar was the first in a three-part Community Economic Development Academy that will culminate in a mock site visit by the consultants to Jefferson County. The academy, sponsored by the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth and funded by AEP Ohio, was attended by economic development professionals representing 17 counties.

The purpose of the academy is to help local economic development professionals and key community leaders understand the types of information required and why they must be able to respond quickly to site planner’s requests for information.

“The days of industry attraction relying on golf outings and fine dining are over,” said Tonya Crist, InSite consultant. “Companies ask us to gather dozens of very specific data points which we feed into a computer model that identifies those communities who fulfill basic qualifications. If you can’t quickly provide not only basic information but project specific information, your community will not be considered.”

For communities completing the 3-part series, AEP is sponsoring a grant competition that will fund an economic development project to enhance their local development efforts.

The Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth is one of six JobsOhio regional partners working to create jobs and economic growth for Ohio. APEG serves 25 Ohio counties.

RAILROADS HONORED: The American Short Line and Regional Railroads Association honored the Ohio Central Railroad Co. with its President’s Safety Award for maintaining the best safety rate of railroads operating 50,000 to 150,000 employee-hours.

Ohio Central and the Columbus-Ohio River Railroad were among 20 Ohio short-line railroads honored for having no federally reportable injuries during 2013.

Ohio Central is a 70-mile freight railroad that interchanges with the Columbus & Ohio River, CSX, Norfolk Southern, Ohio Southern and Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway.

Columbus & Ohio River and Ohio Central are both part of the Genesee & Wyoming Inc. short lines.

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DENOON HONORED: DeNoon Lumber of Bergholz has been named Ohio Logger of the Year, an award given yearly in conjunction with the Ohio Forestry Association’s annual meeting held in Columbus.

Ryan Redoutey, president of the Ohio Logging Standard Council, presented the award to Bill DeNoon Jr., and DeNoon employees Jeremy Bernhart and Clint Carpenter.

DeNoon Lumber Co. was started by William DeNoon Sr. in 1963 in Bergholz with three employees. During the course of 50 years, the company has grown to employ more than 120 people. A Clayco dry kiln was added in 1989, and the most recent addition is a retail shop that includes hardwood flooring, paneling, moulding, doors and more. The company ships all over the world daily.

Bill DeNoon Sr. died in August 2012.

Bill DeNoon Jr. facilitated the organization of the Steel Valley Loggers Chapter in cooperation with the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District in 2000. Through his leadership, the chapter has coordinated field days for the public, best management practice training for loggers, landowners and township trustees, supported local organizations and sponsored students to attend Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp.

Resort Honor: Angela Fazikas, a marketing specialist, has been honored as Team Member of the Quarter at Mountaineer, Casino, Racetrack and Resort.

Fazikas oversees the digital initiatives in the marketing department, including Facebook, the MoreAtMountaineer website, Internet advertising, press releases and a variety of related projects. She also assists in floor promotions and with entertainment shows in The Harv.

“Angela was selected from a group of nominees because of her diligence to managing projects in her area of expertise, her professionalism, and strong guest service skills,” said Lesley Campbell, director of marketing and public relations. “She joined our marketing team as the marketing specialist a few months ago and has taken the responsibilities for this position to a new level.”

Other nominees were Chris Boso, a poker dealer; Carrie Cotherman, a casino dealer; David Cottle, a slot tech; Amber Davis, a buffet cashier; Kelsey Ellison Gatsby, a server; Angela Farnsworth, hotel housekeeping; Rachel Garren, gaming housekeeping; Steve Satterfield, HVAC tech; Donald Scott, fitness center; Bob Talbott, print shop; and Ron Richmond, guard.

Team members are nominated by their specific departments and the winner is selected by executive management. All of the nominees were recognized at the luncheon by their director or manager and received a commemorative plate.

REPORT ON FILE: The Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District has its 2013 cash basis information on file at the district office. Those interested in reviewing the information can visit the office located at 587 Bantam Ridge Road in Wintersville.

The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, contact (740) 264-9790.

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SELECTED: Carrollton Electric Cooperative Inc. selected two area high school sophomores to represent the cooperative at the Washington, D.C., Rural Electric Youth Tour scheduled June 13-19.

Eliza Davis, daughter of Rodney and Connie Days of Carrollton, and Scott Forrester, son of Steve and Michelle Forrester of Hopedale, will join nearly 1,500 other youth from across the country for the week-long trip. Day attends Carrollton High School, and Forrester attends Harrison Hills High School.

Youth Tour teaches students about the rural electric utility and gives students a first-hand look at the activities of government in the nation’s capital. The two will get a chance to meet and talk to congressional leaders from Ohio at the U.S. Capitol while visiting sights.

In addition to representing Carroll Electric at the tour, both students will have the opportunity to be selected to serve on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Leadership Council.

This is an annual contest sponsored by the Ohio Rural Electric Cooperative Inc. and local rural electric cooperatives.

NEW TECHNOLOGY: Weirton Medical Center has announced it is the first and only hospital in the Weirton-Pittsburgh Route 22/30 corridor to offer lower-dose 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis). The technology is the latest innovation in breast cancer screening which offers superior performance to 2D alone.

Led by the Weirton-Pittsburgh Route 22/30 Corridor’s only surgeon dedicated exclusively to the breast, Dr. Carol Slomski and radiologist Dr. Eric Balzano, the WMC BreastCare Team was first to offer 3D breast tomosynthesis and now the first in the corridor to offer new technology known as C-View.

This new software creates a 2D image, removing the need for a separate 2D exposure. The elimination of the 2D exposure results in less time for patients under compression and a reduction in radiation. Despite the reduced radiation, the technology still provides clinical benefits of 3D mammography increased diagnostic accuracy and reduced recall rates.

“Lower-dose 3D mammography is a significant enhancement to this game-changing technology,” said Balzano.

According to Slomski, “Patients have expressed concerns to me about the level of radiation exposure. This option significantly reduces that concern while still providing the outstanding clinical performance we have come to depend upon from this technology. We are very pleased to be able to offer patients the full benefits of 3D mammography coupled with faster exam times, a lower dose and an overall better patient experience.”

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QUALIFIED: Nikolas A. Kamarados, a certified financial planner and financial planner with Prudential’s Central/Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia Agency qualified to attend the company’s President’s Conference held in Nassau, Bahamas.

The conference, hosted by Caroline Feeney, president of agency distribution, is held each year to honor a select number of top performing producers from across the country who qualify based on outstanding production results in the prior year.

“The sales professionals, financial planners and field managers who have qualified for president’s conference are proven leaders who share a commitment to helping clients achieve their financial security goals and needs. I am extremely proud of them all,” said Feeney.

Kamarados, who has office locations in Follansbee and East Liverpool can be reached at nikolas.kamarados@prudential.com and at (304) 748-3156 or (330) 389-9790.

AWARDED: Neidengard’s Harley-Davidson was awarded Harley-Davidson Motor Co.’s Bronze Bar and Shield Circle of Recognition Award for 2013 calendar year.

Neidengard’s Harley-Davidson earned the Bronze Circle of Recognition Award for the central region based on its motorcycle and related product sales performance, an evaluation of customer service and satisfaction, and various operational measures.

“One of the primary reasons the Harley-Davidson brand has such a tremendous customer loyalty is because of the efforts of dealers such as John and Kim Neidengard,” said Mike Kennedy, vice president and managing director of the Harley-Davidson North American Region. “We’re really proud to have John and Kim Neidengard as part of the Harley-Davidson family.”

Neidengard’s Harley-Davidson, 284 Canton Road, Wintersville, had been in business in the Steubenville area since 1906. The dealership moved to its present location in Wintersville in 1978.

The business has earned the Bar and Shield Circle of Recognition six times, and the owners are looking forward to continuing their award-winning performance in 2014.

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NEW POST: The Bordas & Bordas law firm has named Brandi Richards as the firm’s new assistant director of communications and philanthropy.

Richards is a 2013 graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University, where she earned a degree in professional communications. While at WJU, she composed articles for the school newspaper, did design work for various on-campus organizations and was an active member of the Professional Communications Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta. She completed an eight-month post-graduate internship at Bordas & Bordas prior to accepting her current position.

Managing partner Jamie Bordas, said, “We had the pleasure of experiencing her work ethic, creativity and insight through her participation as an intern here at the firm and are happy that she has decided to stay with us full time.”

Richards is a resident of Dillonvale and a graduate of Bellaire St. John’s High School. She actively volunteers at St. Adalbert Catholic Church and various local events.

Bordas & Bordas has offices in Wheeling, St. Clairsville and Moundsville and practices throughout the region.

NEW DIRECTOR: Robyn E. (Windon) Vittek has been named director of the St. Clairsville Public Library, the board of trustees has announced.

Vittek is a Buckeye Local High School graduate with degrees from Ohio State University and Franciscan University of Steubenville, as well as a master of library and information science from Kent State University. She was employed at the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County and Akron-Summit County Public Library.

She has been recognized for her career achievements by the American Library Association and several statewide organizations.

“I am thrilled to be back in the Ohio Valley and excited to work with a library that is so vital to the community,” Vittek said. “St. Clairsville Public Library has a reputation for innovative programming and a great collection, including an exceptional local history collection. We recently opened a new technology center and have big plans for the future.”

Vittek says that she has started to meet with the staff to plan library services for the coming year and has already attended several local meetings and events.

CONFERENCE: The Ohio Valley Education Council will hold a conference featuring speakers on drug abuse and food allergies from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 14 at Bethany College’s Mountainside Conference Center.

The speakers will include William Ihlenfeld II, U.S. attorney for the Northern District; Jami Robinson, founder of Ohio Valley Kids with Food Allergies; and Randy Housh, a member of the West Virginia Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors.

Representatives of more than 14 health-related organizations and businesses also will have exhibits and door prizes.

The cost is $35, with continuing education credits available for some professions. For information or to register, call (304) 845-3300 or e-mail OhiocountyFRN@yahoo.com. The deadline to register is March 7.

Meeting monthly, the Ohio Valley Health Education Council provides opportunities for networking, education and involvement in health promotion efforts in the Northern Panhandle. For information, contact Jan Futey, its chairman, at (304) 748-7850 or jfutey@brookehancockfrn.org.