Multi-County Advanced Manufacturing Corridor Project Honored With Ohio Economic Development Association Excellence Award

The Multi-County Advanced Manufacturing Corridor, a partnership that includes Kent State University at Tuscarawas, has received the Annual Excellence in Workforce Development Award from the Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA).


The OEDA presented the award at its 2018 Annual Summit, held earlier this month at the Columbus Renaissance Downtown.


The Multi-County Advanced Manufacturing Corridor is a partnership between Kent State Tuscarawas, the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce, Buckeye Career Center, OhioMeansJobs Stark and Tuscarawas counties, East Central Ohio ESC, Harrison County Community and Economic Development, and the Carroll County Office of Economic Development. This diverse group has come together to address the need for advanced manufacturing training in the region, especially in the areas of robotics, computer numerical controlled machining and programmable logic controllers.


The four-tiered project includes non-credit, certificate, associate and bachelor’s degree offerings through Buckeye Career Center and Kent State Tuscarawas.


“We are thrilled and honored to have received this prestigious award from the OEDA,” says Kent State Tuscarawas Dean and Chief Administrative Officer Brad Bielski. “Part of our Regional Campus mission is to be aware of the needs of our community. After canvasing our community, we found that skills training and manufacturing were critical in moving our region forward from the economic development perspective.”


The Ohio Economic Development Association’s Annual Excellence Awards program recognizes the achievements of individuals and organizations throughout Ohio in the areas of economic and workforce development. 


“The Annual Excellence Awards showcase the best of the best in economic development and gives members of the profession the opportunity to come together and collectively celebrate the success of the economic development profession,” says Jennifer Price, OEDA executive director.


The Ohio Economic Development Association is the professional association for economic developers. The association’s mission is to increase economic prosperity in the state of Ohio by working together, on a nonpartisan basis, with state, regional and local development partners to advance Ohio’s economy through professional development, advocacy and networking. For more information about OEDA, please visit  


For more information about the Multi-County Advanced Manufacturing Corridor, please contact Paul Dykshoorn at or William Beisel at


POSTED: Monday, October 29, 2018 12:38 PM
UPDATED: Thursday, June 13, 2024 04:10 PM