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Huntington Center ranked top mid-west venue

13ABC.com
Posted: Jan 24, 2014 8:54 AM EST

The Huntington Center was ranked number 1 in the Midwest by concert industry magazine Venues Today. This is the fourth consecutive year the Huntington Center has been ranked the number one venue in the Midwest by Venues today. huntington_center

Venues Today ranks the top Midwest venues by gross ticket sales.  Venues are ranked for all concerts and events that occurred from 1/1/13 – 12/31/13.  Venues Today includes all venues located in the following states for their Midwest issue:  Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana.  The Huntington Center was ranked in the 5,001-10,000 seating capacity. 

 "The Huntington Center continues to have great support and great interest.  We are very appreciative of all the people who bought tickets to the events in 2013.  We will continue to bring top notch quality concerts and shows to the Huntington Center in 2014." said General Manager Steve Miller.

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Beckley, WV Voted #19
Life in Beckley, like much of the Appalachian area, has always revolved around the coal industry. Take a tour of the coal seams under the city at the Exhibition Coal Mine, renovated in 2008 to give visitors a look into the life of a coal miner and the history of the region. There’s plenty of activity aboveground, too, most of it happening at Tamarack, West Virginia’s enormous arts center off the Beckley exit on the West Virginia Turnpike. Tamarack doubles as market and arts center: local artisans give demos and sell their textiles, jewelry and pottery, and the Tamarack theater hosts live music, theater, dance and lectures. Summer brings a full cultural schedule: Theater West Virginia can be found performing most nights at Beckley’s outdoor theater, and the Appalachian Festival takes over the town for three days of distinctly Appalachian arts, crafts, music and food. -- AS

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PDG Named “Best of Lake Erie West” Business 2014
Best of Lake Erie West
The “Best of Lake Erie West” Business is an awards program that recognizes area companies and professional firms that have displayed an exceptional approach to conducting business. Nominators and voters were asked to consider one or more of the following criteria: exceptional quality of products and services, exceptional service to customers, exceptional relationship to suppliers, and/or exceptional attention to ethics in business activities and transactions
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Tom Horn receives 2012 F.H. Waring Award

Please join us in congratulating Tom for being awarded the F.H. Waring Award by the Ohio Water Environment Association! This award is presented to an individual in the state who has demonstrated a significant contribution to the field of industrial waste treatment. The award will be presented this June at the State Convention. This is recognition of Tom’s hard work and dedication, showcasing the skills we all recognize that he has. It must be added that this award is normally presented to someone who’s body of work encompasses multiple decades in the industry. It is a particular honor to be given to someone so young. Well done, Tom. Your knowledge and dedication to our field, the field of water treatment, is an inspiration and source of pride for all of us. Congratulations on being honored by a group of your peers. Click to read more about the F.H Waring Award.

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"Luna Pier Sets Sights on Tourists"

Lakeshore community trying to remake itself as it faces closure of its biggest taxpayer

By Ray Kisonas
As of Friday, July 19, 2013, 02:20 p.m.

Luna PierClick here to see Luna Pier's full story

LUNA PIER — At the Luna Pier Beach Cafe, custom­ers can enjoy Turkish roasted coffee gelato, munch on a raspberry almond scone or buy a bottle of honey mango black pepper wine or a Dirty Blonde ale beer. Everything inside the cafe, which includes outdoor seating, is made in Michigan. Opened about three years ago by owner Sam Chung, it is a short from the Lake Erie beach. “Business is pretty good, espe­cially when it’s warm outside,” said employee Angela O’Shea, who grew up in Erie. “The week­ends are very busy.” Luna Pier Mayor David Da­vison is thrilled with the cafe. He believes that businesses like that are exactly the types of shops needed to bring in tourists to the lakeside community of about 1,400 residents. With the announcement that Consumers Energy is planning to shut down its J.R. Whiting power plant by January, 2015, Luna Pier is tar­geting tourism.“ There’s a huge potential here for development,” said City Administrator Charles A. Londo. “But you have to start putting foot traffic in town. We have to find an alternative to industry. We have to reinvent ourselves.” City officials are working on an ambitious plan that includes replacing several houses with a sprawling structure that would house retail shops, condomini­ums and perhaps a restaurant. It is a big part of the city’s master plan that was prepared in conjunction with Poggemeyer Design Group. The location for the develop­ment is a neighborhood near Luna Pier Rd. and Lakeside Dr., which is across the street from the sandy beach. While many communities boast master plans, Mayor Davi­son said Luna Pier has a trump card. “ We’ve got that lake,” he said. Indeed, the sandy beach, raked daily, and the Clyde R. Evans Pier jutting out into Lake Erie are attractions that officials believe can be built around. Already a lighthouse serving beachgoers has been con­structed with new restrooms. It is about 80 percent completed and the upper level will include a banquet facility that can be rented out for weddings, show­ers or other gatherings. The banquet room will seat about 40 or 50 guests and a deck is planned so visitors can walk outside and gaze out onto the lake from high above. Of course, funding is required but supporters of the plan believe it’s only a matter of time before private investors dedicate themselves to the community along with public funding and grants. Mayor Davison believes that once such facilities are available, gift shops, restaurants and other businesses will follow. “ We need to bring the people into town,” he said. “It’s going to happen.” The idea of creating a dock off the pier to shuttle people to Put­in- Bay by boat is not completely dead in the water but it’s not feasible now because the lake is too shallow. But the mayor said he wants to rebuild a dock for kayakers to use in the lagoon. The plan to attract tourists to Luna Pier is already in motion. Near the beach along Luna Pier Rd. stands a building that could be home to new businesses. One is occupied by Aunt Linda’s Pet Grooming. Although making dogs and cats look good isn’t necessarily a tourist attraction, the shop serves another pur­pose. Owner Linda Brann said her clients come from Toledo and other areas. When they have their pets groomed, they stroll around town and take notice of the quaint community by the lake. “It’s an ideal spot for me,” Ms. Brann said. “It is really nice here. And my clients notice Luna Pier.” Soon Lakewood Dr. will be revamped and beautified. It’s all part of the process to make the community a destination. “ This is the future of Luna Pier,” Mayor Davison said while walking near the sandy beach as a group of teenagers played in the surf nearby. “ There’s not one restaurant on Lake Erie in Monroe County. Not one. But we have the capability. We have the potential.”

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Officials say Kerr Building redevelopment project very close to starting
Coldwater, Michigan

PDG helps the redevlopment project reach its goal with
$1 million in CDBG funds from MSHDA and MEDC

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 7:55 a.m. EST
Kerr Building, downtown Coldwater MI
Kerr Building, downtown Coldwater MI

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Coldwater Mayor Tom Kramer says they’re getting very close to a major success in downtown Coldwater. Kramer used those words before the City Council this week regarding the long awaited Kerr Building redevelopment project. All told, the proposed grants, abatements, and private dollars would constitute a $5.5 million investment for the endeavor with developer Jennifer Wingard planning to see construction start next month.

Assistant City Manager and City Planning Director Keith Baker told the council on Monday that the private financing along with state and federal tax credits are all in place as is the commitment from the Downtown Development Authority. Baker adds that Wingard is getting a loan closing date set on her financing with the Bank of Holland for sometime in mid-February and soon after, the contractor can get to work.

The Kerr building would house a total of 14 second and third floor apartments with 8 of them low and middle income units and the rest set at market rates with rental rehabilitation funds from the Michigan State Housing & Development Authority. Meanwhile, Michigan Economic Development Corporation monies would be put toward creating up to 3 commercial spaces on the first floor, including a restaurant.

Report from MEDC Daily News