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Mayor receives award from development organization Print E-mail

The following announcement was made by the International Economic Development Council:

Washington, DC - Oct. 2, 2018:  The Honorable Richard (Dick) Church, Jr. mayor of the City of Miamisburg, received the Leadership in Public Service Award last night from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony during the IEDC annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

“On behalf of the IEDC board of directors and Honorary Awards Committee, we congratulate Mayor Church for achieving this well-deserved recognition,” said Craig Richard, 2018 IEDC board chair and president and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp.  “His work has greatly enhanced the economic prosperity and quality of life for individuals and businesses in the community he serves.  We can all aspire to emulate his successes and create meaningful changes in our own communities.”

The Leadership Award for Public Service recognizes an elected official who has been a committed advocate for economic development in the public sector for at least 10 years.

Mayor Church is a life-long resident of Miamisburg, and is now the longest-serving mayor in the City’s history.  Last week he announced plans to retire at the end of his current term in December 2019.

The mayor proved himself a dedicated and capable leader in economic development matters early in his tenure.  Not long before taking office, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced plans to decommission its Mound Laboratory, a defense production facility in Miamisburg with over 2,000 employees and nearly $2 million annual income tax collections at its peak. With an empty site in dire need of a thorough environmental cleanup, Mayor Church created a coalition of elected officials and community leaders to lobby DOE to take responsibility for what would be left behind.

Over 15 years and $1 billion in environmental cleanup later, the site was redeveloped through a new Community Development Corporation and now houses 16 businesses with 355 employees. Mayor Church’s persistence in helping create a new strategy for the Mound site has allowed it to remain a major economic asset to the City. The “Mound Model” is seen as a best practice by the Department of Energy. Mayor Church has presented regularly at their conferences, and it has become his signature achievement as an elected official.

His vision for his community goes beyond Mound, however. Mayor Church has consistently worked to foster economic development opportunities within his community. One such project is the Austin Center interchange on Interstate-75, which Mayor Church realized long ago would be a major growth opportunity for Miamisburg. When the new interchange opened in 2010, over 225 acres of Miamisburg land became viable for renewed economic development efforts. The support he was able to build in the region, including a partnership to create new infrastructure improvements adjacent to the interchange, played a huge role in the significant success of the Austin Interchange and its impact on the City. Miamisburg has gained almost $55 million in private investment, three North American headquarter facilities and an increase of more than 900 new jobs with over $60 million in annual payroll.

Mayor Church was also instrumental in the local expansion of the Kettering Health Network, one of the Dayton region’s largest employers. In the 1990s, he worked with Sycamore Medical Center in Miamisburg to invest in a larger campus, including an administrative building that brought more than 300 jobs to the community. Since then, Mayor Church has continued his relationship with hospital leadership, and the Network now has approximately 2,000 employees in Miamisburg.

Due to his active pro-growth leadership, Miamisburg’s economy, geographic size and population have all expanded in the past 27 years.  Mayor Church’s legacy will continue on in the success of the many development projects he helped attract to the City and surrounding area. With this in mind, the International Economic Development Council is pleased to present the 2018 Leadership for Public Service Award to the Honorable Richard Church, Jr.

About the International Economic Development Council
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is the world's largest membership organization for economic development professionals. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life in their communities by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, our members represent the entire range of economic development. Learn more at iedconline.org.

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