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MANSFIELD – The Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development announced Friday three recipients for its 2020 Economic Excellence Awards, which will be presented Jan. 30.

The Economic Impact Award recognizes people, businesses, or organizations for their efforts in supporting economic, workforce, and/or community development in Richland County. This year’s recipients are:

Mansfield Engineered Components – for their innovative efforts around workforce development in our community.

Mayor Teri Brenkus, Village of Bellville – for her extensive efforts in driving community development in the Village of Bellville and surrounding area. 

Bob Bianchi, Mansfield City Engineer – for his exceptional work towards community and economic development in the City of Mansfield. 

“As our area continues to revitalize, we feel it is important to highlight the success stories of people and businesses that are doing amazing work. This year’s award recipients are all great examples of that, and we are so excited to honor them,” said Jodie Perry, Chamber President & CEO. 

The Chamber will also be announcing the surprise recipient of the prestigious Chairman’s Award that night. Also, as previously announced, three local women have been selected as finalists for the 2020 ATHENA Award in Richland County. 

The award, which is being sponsored by Richland Bank, will also be handed out at the dinner. The ATHENA finalists for 2020 are Michele Gorman (Richland School of Academic Arts), Kristie Massa (Richland Bank) and Zoi Romanchuk (PR Machine Works). 

The dinner will be held on Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Kehoe Center in Shelby. A cocktail hour kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and dinner, which is being catered by The Vault, will be served at 6:30 p.m. Call the Chamber office at 419-522-3211 or visit the website at for more information.

The Richland Area Chamber and Economic Development office is the largest business advocacy and economic development organization in north central Ohio.

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