Spirit of collaboration: Water, sewer district gets top honor


PERRYSBURG — The Northwestern Water and Sewer District was named the Wood County Economic Development Commission’s Corporate Citizen of the Year at the annual dinner on Thursday.

District President Jerry Greiner accepted the award.

As part of his acceptance Greiner talked about the formation of the independent district.

“We learned to operate as a business, instead of a government entity,” Greiner said as the secret to their success. He followed by showing a video with highlights from the history of the district.

Perrysburg Township trustees Joe Schaller and Bob Mack speak with Rossford Mayor Neil MacKinnon III at the Wood County Economic Development Commission Annual Dinner.

Wood County Economic Development Development Director Wade Gottschalk said the district is the star of the region and the state.

“As for the Northwestern Water and Sewer District, they are one of the premier infrastructure providers, not just in the region, but probably in Ohio. We work with them on virtually every project we have,” he said.

That spirit of collaborating was highlighted again and again over the evening.

Perrysburg Township Administrator Jon Eckel speaks with Ohio Rep. Haraz Ghanbari, R-Perrysburg, at the Wood County Economic Development Commission Annual Dinner.

“It think the importance of this event just shows the collaboration we get from Wood County and all of our partners and we can come and celebrate the successes we’ve had within the past year,” Gottschalk said.

Andrew Kalmar, former Wood County administrator, was also honored by the commission.

Andrew Kalmar, left, is honored by Wood County Commissioners Doris Herringshaw and Craig LaHote at the Wood County Economic Development Commission Annual Dinner.

“Andrew served on our board for 22 years, the longest serving board member we’ve had,” Gottschalk said. “Andrew was a fantastic county administrator and a fantastic person to work with, and really good at bringing the government side into economic development.”

Perrysburg Councilwoman Jan Materni, left, talks with Judge Molly Mack at the Wood County Economic Development Commission Annual Dinner.

Throughout the evening master of ceremonies retired broadcast news anchorman Jerry Anderson hosted the evening with wit and respect, honoring politicians and business leaders.

Receiving particular attention was retiring Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments President Tim Brown. Anderson noted his years of service to Northwest Ohio and highlighting his collaborative efforts as a county commissioner, member of the Ohio House of Representatives and leader of TMACOG.

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