A crowd of 200 business professionals gave Batchelder, a Medina resident, a standing ovation after his keynote address.
“We wanted to take this opportunity, in a room full of friends, colleagues and Medina County residents, to honor him for all that he’s given to us,” Vicki Tifft, president of Economic Development Corp.’s board of directors, said. “He has spent his life’s energy passionately representing his community in the public arena, and we are the better for it.”
In addition to the award, proclamations came in from around the state.
Some communities declared March 5, 2015, “Bill Batchelder Day” and 10 proclamations were on display, including honors from Gov. John Kasich and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.
“We reached out to the communities that he served, from the cities and villages in Medina County, to the county commissioners, to our state and federal legislators, and asked them to provide resolutions that would honor Bill Batchelder,” Bethany Dentler, executive director of the Economic Development Corp., said. “We wanted to overwhelm him a bit, and we received great cooperation.”
In addition to the awards presentation, the Economic Development Corp. celebrated a year of growth and a strong business community.
During 2014, Economic Development Corp. worked on 40 business-expansion projects that created 605 new jobs and invested $54 million in capital spending.
“We were involved in 69 percent of the county’s job creation, which illustrates the significant impact of our members’ investments in this organization,” Dentler said.