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Nominees Announced for Chamber & Economic Development Awards Banquet

The Ord Area Chamber of Commerce and Valley County Economic Development Annual Awards Banquet is just around the corner. Earlier this month, members of the Ord Area Chamber had the opportunity to nominate deserving individuals, businesses, and organizations for a variety of awards.  The final voting survey in which Chamber members will be selecting a final winner in each of the nine categories will close on Wednesday, February 13th.  Winners will be announced at the annual awards banquet on February 23rd.

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This year two new categories have be added to the esteemed set of awards including the Excellence in Agribusiness and Outstanding Public Service awards.  The deserving individuals that selflessly serve our community, the innovative businesses, and dedicated organizations that have been nominated for the annual awards include the following (click on the blue heading to expand each category and view the nominees):

  1. Partner in Progress
    • Presented by the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce

      This individual has made notable contributions to the community throughout the past year with their entrepreneurial efforts and leadership. They actively participate and have dedicated their time to help with Chamber projects.
    • Becky Ries
      Bob Stowell
      Caleb Pollard
      Guy & Jennifer Lewis – Valley Fire
      Jason Alexander
      Jennifer Remmereid
      Joe Wadas
      Kiley White – Grocery Kart
      Kristi Hagstrom
      Sally Domeier
  1. Rising Star Award
    • Presented by the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce

      This award is to recognize a business that has been established within the past five years. This could also include a business that has experienced a transition of ownership or pursued a new venture within this time period. They contribute to the community and actively participate in the Chamber.
    • Elements Salon & Spa – Jennifer Ries
      Jubilee Catering – Melanie Boden
      Misko Sports – Clay Ramsey
      The Normal Roasting Company
      Ord Sports Chiropractic & Wellness – Luke Staab
      Quiz Graphic Arts
      Valley Fire Pottery – Guy and Jennifer Lewis
  1. Extraordinary Organization
    • Presented by the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce

      This organization (non-profit or not-for-profit) has demonstrated good stewardship of dollars and exhibits community impact and involvement for the betterment of Valley County.
    • Food Pantry
      Friends of Fort Hartsuff
      Hospital Auxiliary
      Loup Valley Ag Society
      Loup Valley LEAD
      Make Christmas Happen (Extension Club)
      Ord Rotary
      Ord Township Library
      Schmidt Performance Horses
      Valley County Community Foundation Fund – Dahn Hagge
      Valley County Health System
  1. Interactive Media and/or Website Award
  1. Silver Citizen Award
    • Presented by the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce

      This individual is at least 50 years old, has made notable contributions, and shown outstanding public service and dedication to Valley County over the past 25 years.
    • Bob Stowell
      Curt Sikyta
      Dale Melia
      Dorothy Andreesen
      Dr. Dale Karre
      Eulalia Edwards
      Frank Smedra
      Joe Wadas
      John Smedra
      Phyllis Clement
      Roger Lansman
  1. Extraordinary Young Citizen
    • Presented by the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce

      This individual is 18 years old or younger and has made notable contributions to their school and to Valley County.
    • Adrian Dobbs
      Alex MacAlpine
      Ashley Bruha
      Clayton Lange and Devin Cronk
      Cody Drudik
      Demi Dorsey
      Jordyn Knight
      Katy Edghill
      Molli Hagge
  1. Community Development & Improvement Award
    • Presented by Valley County Economic Development

      This award is to recognize a project that has helped to improve Valley County and/or benefit Valley Count residents.
    • Downtown Square in Ord
      Friends of Fort Hartsuff
      Ord High FBLA
      Ord High School & City of Ord
      Ord Township Library
      Ord Volunteer Fire Department
      Restoration of the Valley County Courthouse
      Rolling Hills Subdivision / New Neighborhoods
      Wozab Funds
  1. Excellence in Agribusiness
    • Presented by Valley County Economic Development

      This award is to recognize a business or individual for their service and dedication to agriculture as a producer or an agriculture related service business.
    • Ag Pro Insurance
      Brandon Bruha
      Cargill
      Dave Ference
      Green Plains Renewable Energy
      Tommy Thompson
      Trotters
      Zangger Popcorn Hybrids
  1. Outstanding Public Service
    • Presented by Valley County Economic Development

      This award is to recognize a notable individual or organization (e.g., teacher, EMT, police, etc.) that provides valuable public services to the people of Valley County.
    • Amanda Whited
      Ben Lansman
      Bob Sevenker
      Derry Trampe
      Friends of Fort Hartsuff
      Jennifer Remmereid
      Jess Trotter
      Jodi Sell
      KNLV & JJ
      Ord High School Administration, Faculty, and Staff
      Ord Volunteer Fire Department and EMT Crew
      Walt Smith

 

It is an honor to be nominated by the Chamber businesses for these prestigious awards.  Valley County would not be what it is today without the hard work and dedication of our citizens, business community, and volunteer lead organizations.

The Ord Area Chamber of Commerce and Valley County Economic Development Annual Banquet will be held on Saturday, February 23rd at the Ord Veteran’s Club. Social hour will begin at 6:00 pm with dinner to follow at 7:00 pm.  This year’s guest speaker, Barry Carlson, is sure to entertain. His talk on The Sixth Sense…The Sense of Humor will motivate, entertain, and inspire our guests.  Pam Winer, President of the Atkinson Chamber of Commerce states, “Barry Carlson gave an outstanding talk entitled ‘The Sixth Sense….The Sense of Humor’ at our Atkinson Nebraska Annual Chamber Banquet. Four words to describe his talk are humorous, uplifting, eye opening and rewarding…The jokes were very funny and extremely clean. Barry’s ‘style’ absolutely captivated the audience, and raised the spirits of everyone in attendance!…In fact, several chamber members told me afterwards that if they had known the talk was going to be that good, they would have purchased additional tickets and made it mandatory that their employees attend!

Everyone from the community is invited to attend the banquet to celebrate the great people and places of Valley County; however, space is limited. Tickets can be purchased at the Ord Area Chamber/Economic Development office for $30 per person or $50 per couple.  Chamber and Economic Development board members also have ticket available for sale.

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