This year’s Maureen Patterson Regional Leader Award honors John T. Landess, Executive Director of the Turner Foundation for his dedication to community and economic development in Springfield and the Dayton Region.
The annual award is named for Maureen Patterson, who dedicated her career to the region’s economic growth. The award honors an extraordinary leader in our community who, like Patterson, advocates for the community’s economic health and growth.
Landess, the outgoing Chair of the DDC’s Board of Trustees, moved back home to Springfield 20 years ago after his grandfather passed away to run the foundation he began. In the two decades since, he has guided the foundation’s investment in the community, awarding grants to local non-profits and investing in projects that improve Springfield’s quality of life, business climate and cultural institutions. Since it began, the foundation has invested more than $100 million in the community.
“The Turner Foundation’s vision is a community filled with a spirit of hope, creativity, excellence, and pride. I can think of no better example of that vision than John Landess,” said Jeff Hoagland, the DDC’s President and CEO. “John has been more than just a Board member and Board Chair to me over the past 10 years. He’s been a mentor and a friend.”
The DDC also presented three economic development awards including:
- Pella, Corp. was recognized as the Dayton Region’s 2020 Leading Job Creator.
Pella Corporation, a leading window and door designer and manufacturer, announced in July it selected Troy, Ohio as the location for its new manufacturing facility. Pella will produce vinyl windows and doors in the 324,000 square foot space. The new manufacturing facility will serve customers in the Eastern region of the United States and will enable the company to meet rapidly increasing demand for Pella vinyl products.
The facility will employ 428 new jobs once it’s fully operational by 2025. The project was made possible through strong partnerships with JobsOhio, Dayton Development Coalition, Troy Development Council and Ohio Development Services Agency.
- Infinity Labs was recognized as the 2020 Entrepreneurial Startup.
Infinity Labs was founded in the Dayton Region by seven entrepreneurs: three U.S. military veterans (representing Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps) each with significant cyber, Department of Defense, and industry experience; a former Federal civilian from the Air Force Research Laboratory with multiple decades of experience in multi-disciplinary technologies; and three distinguished experts in system-of-systems modeling, simulation, and analysis. Since beginning national operations, Infinity Labs has hit the ground running.
In November, Infinity was awarded a $950M ceiling IDIQ Prime award on the United States Air Force Advanced Battle Management System program. The solutions being developed by the Infinity Labs team are geared toward “big picture” understanding of synergies amongst enabling technologies, vehicle platforms, and system-of-systems implications of commercial and military operations.
With entrepreneurship and radical innovation at its core, Infinity Labs invests in revolutionary ideas and technologies with disruptive potential. At Infinity, employees are encouraged (and trained) to think holistically and to attack problems from all possible viewpoints.
- The AES Smart Operations Center was honored as the Dayton Region’s 2020 Project of the Year.
The AES Smart Operations Center in Dayton, Ohio, the first of its kind in the United States, opened a new era of innovative energy solutions. The facility represents the company’s longstanding commitment to the digital transformation of the energy industry, accelerating a safer and cleaner energy future in the United States and globally. The center also demonstrates its investment in the State of Ohio and its people.
Using leading-edge technology, the AES Smart Operations Center will employ data to increase the efficiency of its electric operations across the U.S. This digital hub also represents the integration of the company’s new Global Performance Monitoring and Analytics Center and its Remote Operations and Control Center for U.S.-based generation assets. This consolidation is critical as the company – and the energy industry as a whole – intensifies its reliance on data and smart grid technologies.
The September announcement solidified the company’s renewed investment in Dayton and its commitment to supporting job creation within the state. The Smart Operations Center will foster Ohio’s workforce development, as the state works to meet increasing digital technology demands.
Maureen Patterson Regional Leader Award Honorees:
2005- Lt. Gen. (ret) John Nowak
2006- Dr. Daniel Curran
2007- Beverly Shillito
2008- Dennis Rediker
2009- Peter Luongo
2010- Dr. Benjamin Schuster
2011- Maureen Patterson
2012- Gen. (ret) Lester Lyles
2013- Dayton Power & Light
2014- Pam Morris
2015- Dr. Daniel Curran
2016- Cho Tak Wong
2017- Dr. Anne Eiting Klamar
2018- Clay Mathile
2019- Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar