Geauga Growth Partnership (GGP) is pleased to announce the 2019 recipient of the Geauga Growth Partnership Frank Samuel Distinguished Service Award is Kent State University Geauga. The award will be presented at the GGP Annual Partnership Meeting on Wednesday, May 1st at 7:30 a.m. at the Sisters of Notre Dame Education Center. In addition to the presentation of the Frank Samuel Award, there will be a short business meeting and Keynote Speaker Mr. Jim Tressel, president of Youngstown State University.
Inaugurated in 2013 and named for GGP’s founding president, the Frank Samuel Distinguished Service award recognizes prolonged service and outstanding achievement by a GGP member or organization, who through relentless determination, diligence and dedication, has made significant contributions to enhance the value, quality, effectiveness and stature of the Geauga Growth Partnership and embodies the following:
- Demonstrated community service and support both personally and organizationally.
- Evident investment in economic development in Geauga County
- Recognized advocate for the County
- Commitment to leadership excellence and development of human capital
- Major impactful accomplishments and results
- Reputation for the generosity, transparency and a critical thinker
A strong business acumen with a collaborative leadership style Kent State University Geauga (KSU Geauga) and the services stemming from the Burton campus are at the heart of the Geauga County community. KSU Geauga embodies the attributes defined by the Frank Samuel award criteria. As well as partnering with many other community organizations, KSU Geauga works side by side with Geauga Growth Partnership to present the Geauga Economic Leadership (GEL) breakfast series. “We are pleased to name Kent State Geauga campus as our 2019 Frank Samuel Awardee,” says GGP President Tracy Jemison. “Kent Geauga throughout the years has been at the center of workforce development. We are so fortunate to have a world class university in Geauga County as an economic development partner.”
To advance Geauga County’s economic development and workforce, KSU Geauga provides classroom space and faculty to contribute to the GGP Youth Workforce Development program, as well as providing Continuing Education classes for Geauga County workers. Additionally, KSU Geauga serves as a collaborator by sponsoring other GGP events and programs, such as Entrepreneur Success Breakfasts, GGP Networking events and HomeGrown Geauga.
KSU Geauga is a key partner in the Bridges2Work, a collaborative program with GGP and United Way Services of Geauga, which is helping individual who are unemployed to expand their skill sets, gain meaningful employment and move along a career pathway towards success. “We are so honored to be chosen as the 2019 Geauga Growth Partnership Frank Samuel Distinguished Service Award honoree!” says KSU Geauga Dean Angela Spalsbury. “It is our mission to meet the educational needs of our community. We look forward to furthering our partnerships with GGP and other county constituents in the coming years.”
The Kent State University Geauga Campus is Geauga County’s only institution of higher education and serves as a vital part of the community. It offers 18 associate and bachelor’s degrees, and pathways to all 282 degrees at Kent State University.
GGP would like to thank the following sponsors, for supporting the Annual Partnership Meeting:
- GOLD SPONSORS: KeyBank, University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center
- SILVER SPONSORS: Ebert, Owen & Associates CPAs; Geauga Credit Union; Great Lakes Growers; Honest Scales Recycling; Kent State University Geauga; Marsh Valley Forest Products; Middlefield Banking Company; POV Solution; Sheoga Hardwood Flooring & Paneling
- BRONZE SPONSORS: Electrolock, The Frenchie Group, Mr. John Wilhelm.
Geauga Growth Partnership is a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization created in 2010, which works to retain and grow jobs, contribute to business growth and strengthen the local economy. Geauga Growth Partnership’s mission is to enhance the business climate, encourage job creation, to strengthen economic prosperity and to improve the quality of life for all Geauga County residents.